Five Family-Friendly Healthy Recipes

Are you ready for the hands-on portion of the class?  I write about a lot of theory, and I decided it was time to get back to my roots (and I don’t mean my hair) – if you didn’t know, this blog actually started mainly with recipes for meals and snacks!  Since I am committed to helping busy professional working mothers to lose fat (and all other comers are welcome, too!), I thought it would be practical to share some of my latest and greatest delicious and nutritious recipes.  These are all kid- and husband-tested and approved.

I’ve taken some of the Golden Graham family favourites – a lot of these are updated, more healthful versions of perennial favourite foods like pizza or burgers.  They are delicious AND nutritious, and I especially love them because they can be on the table in 20-30 minutes (or faster, if you do some make-ahead prep – my top prep tips are here).  You’ll definitely want to pin or bookmark this page for easy reference for these recipes to keep you winning the weeknight dinner wars!

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Weeknight Winner Wednesdays: Reader Input Needed!

Alright, faithful readers (I know you’re out there!). A short blog post, for once (hooray, you may be thinking). I had a brainwave today, and I wanted your input. My idea is to adopt a “day-of-the-week” post. You know, there’s Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays and Wellness Wednesdays and Freaky Fridays and all that? I was thinking about “Weeknight Winner Wednesdays.” I will try to post a quick and easy recipe for a family-friendly (and nutritious and delicious) weeknight meal every Wednesday. Or maybe every other Wednesday. But definitely on Wednesday! What do you think? Would you like to see more easy, healthy meal ideas and recipes from me? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! You can e-mail me any time, or share your thoughts in the comments or in social media. I want to hear from YOU!

Thanks!

-Lauren (a.k.a. The Golden Graham Girl)

Quick and Easy Curried Chickpeas with Brown Rice (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low-fat, Vegan)

Quick and Easy Curried Chickpeas with Brown RiceCraving Indian food but don’t have time to cook?  Wait – don’t pick up that phone!  You can get all the great taste of Indian takeout without the guilt with this super-fast, easy (& healthy!) recipe.  Serve it on its own as a light lunch or dinner or pair it with your favourite Indian dishes as part of a family feast.  This vegan dish still packs a punch of protein from the chickpeas and brown rice and is a great source of fiber.  It’s gluten-free, too!  You can throw all of the ingredients in this single serving recipe into a to-go container for an easy on-the-go meal (just heat and eat) OR multiply the recipe to feed the whole family.

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Easy Weeknight Chicken Curry with Brown Rice (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

Weeknight Chicken CurryMmmm…Indian food. There is just something so warm and comforting about the magical blend of spices in so many Indian dishes. The aroma is exotically enticing and never fails to make my mouth water and my tummy rumble. I can’t necessarily handle a lot of heat (being Canadian and all), but bring on the savoury curries and I’m butter (ghee?) in your hands. Give me a dish I can throw together in just one pan (or pot) and give me authentic Indian takeout taste without any tummy troubles (from dairy or other unknown ingredients), well…I can’t tell you what happens then. But I *can* (and will) share this easy, healthy recipe with you – no one will believe it’s dairy-free, either!  There’s even an option to make this grain-free, low-carb & Paleo!

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Simple Southwestern Chicken Skillet

Simple Southwestern Chicken Skillet2Well, hello!  I’m so excited to share this simple but delicious recipe with you!  “But wait, you crazy Canuck,” you say, “what do YOU know about Southwestern cuisine?”  Fair enough – as a pale-skinned, Canadian gringa, probably less than most.  But I do know that any meal featuring corn, black beans, tomatoes, lime and spices screams Southwestern to me, and after making this recipe, I think it will make you a believer, too.  It’s bursting with fresh flavours (but the sneaky secret is that you can get away with using canned goods so you can experience flavours of the Southwest all year ’round) and is a quick family favourite.  Bonus: there’s only one dish, so prep is fast and easy and clean-up is, too!

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