Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days in the restaurant business. People love to celebrate the mothers and mother figures in their lives by treating them to a delicious meal. Eating out can be challenging if you’re trying to eat healthy or lose weight. Often, dishes are loaded with sodium, fat, and the portions can be huge. While there are tools now available to help make healthier choices (e.g. menus have calorie counts and there’s often a “heart healthy” section), it can still be difficult to navigate.
Eating at home is a sure-fire way to ensure you eat well and support your overall health. You can tailor the flavors to your preferences, limit the sodium and choose healthy fats. Not to mention that you have a better handle on portion sizes if you dish them out yourself. Here are 8 healthy recipes to get you started:
Grilled Fish Tacos
These fish tacos are loaded with toppings, including cabbage, pico de gallo and a simple homemade white sauce, or “crema” (which can be made with plain Greek yogurt) and they can be ready in less than 30 minutes. The corn tortillas are a healthier alternative to flour tortillas, and will help keep you full, longer. Add variety to these by mixing up which vegetables you use (or make it completely vegetarian).
Hearty Turkey Burgers
For burgers, ground turkey is a leaner alternative to ground beef. Store bought turkey burgers are great, but some can be pricey or contain a lot of additives and preservatives. Cue this easy healthy grilled turkey burger recipe. Skip the hamburger bun and make it a lettuce wrap to avoid the sugars and excess carbs found in traditional buns.
Some people avoid cooking vegetables on the grill because they fear the vegetables may fall through the grate. Easy fix- you can place a pan right on the grill (like a cast iron variety) or use a grilling basket. Or, you can do an even easier version and just construct a make-shift grilling tray out of some aluminum foil, which makes clean-up extra easy! This recipe has only a few ingredients (garlic salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil), and is a nice addition to any grilled meal.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken
Chicken is a grilling staple because it can be made so many different ways. This recipe combines honey and chili garlic sauce in the marinade to bring the flavors to life. Combine this recipe with a cilantro lime rice or over a salad and you have a delicious meal.
The grill adds such a delicious flavor to vegetables. Mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, and many others (just avoid the leafy variety for grilling) are all easy to toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other herb you’d like and their natural flavors will shine. Cover the grill in a rainbow of vegetables and reap the benefits of all their vitamins and minerals.
If you love Mexican food, this recipe showcases the fresh, savory flavors common in the cuisine, all in one bowl. Grilled chicken seasoned with chipotle powder pairs deliciously with the rice and pico de gallo. Sliced avocado rounds out the flavors and also incorporates healthy fats to the dish. Skip the sour cream, or use plain Greek yogurt to top the dish.
Lemon juice, oregano, and garlic are the cornerstones of this savory lemon chicken. Serve it over quinoa to incorporate healthy grains, or chop it over a simple salad for a delicious lunch option that incorporates more vegetables.
Sausage Foil Packs
Almost anything tastes good when cooked on the grill. Slice your favorite protein, dice your go-to veggies, season and grill. One great way to utilize what is in the fridge is to make foil packs. This allows for any sized food, any combination of ingredients to be neatly wrapped in the foil and grilled. No need to make a special trip to the store for ingredients specific to grilling. The best part? Clean up is a breeze.
We hope you and your family enjoy these recipes. Do you have a special way of celebrating the mothers in your life? Share in the comments below!