Healthy Dietitian Approved Recipes for Beginner Cooks

One thing I hear all the time is that people don’t know how or what to cook. I hear this from clients, family, friends, and random people at the grocery store (sometimes I can’t help but overhear other peoples conversations…especially when it is about something that peaks my interest like all things food related). If you are one of those people that doesn’t know how or what to cook, or maybe you just want some super simple recipes because you are busy with other things and don’t have time to think, let alone meal plan, don’t worry…I gotcha.

In order to make you the best list of no hassle recipes for beginner cooks, I asked a few dietitian blogger friends for their easiest recipes…and added a few of my own too. So check out all these yummy recipes and let me know what you make!

 

Breakfast Recipes

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

5 Minute Egg Bake by Muscle and Manna

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins for Back to School by Jessica Ivey

5 Ingredient Healthy Egg Muffins by Hungry Hobby

Italian Flatbread Breakfast Panini by Amy Gorin

Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie by Amy Gorin

Pumpkin Waffles by Peggy Korody

No Added Sugar Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups by Elizabeth Ward

Easy Homemade Granola by Crumb, Ink

 

Pasta

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Ricotta by E.A. Stewart

Greek Tortellini Salad by How to Eat

Three Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Shrimp and Asparagus by Kara Lydon, The Foodie Dietitian

20 Minute Dinner: Kale, Chicken & Hummus Spaghetti by Edwina Clark

 

Sheet Pan Dinners

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Vegetables by How to Eat

Maple Dijon Salmon by Avocado Grove Nutrition

Caprese Cod by Avocado Grove Nutrition

20 Minute Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner by C It Nutritionally

 

Slow Cooker/Instant Pot

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde by Ashley Munro

6 Ingredient Honey Soy Slow Cooker Chicken by Jennifer Hunt at Healthy Inspiration

Instant Pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili by Jessica Ivey

 

Entrees/Bowls

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Classic Turkey Meatballs by Triad to Wellness

Parmesan Dijon Chicken by Katie Cavuto

Easy Grilled Fish by Foods with Judes

5 Ingredient Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl by Kara Lydon, The Foodie Dietitian

Bulgur Wheat with Cherries, Almonds & Green Beans – A Formula Meal by Chef Catherine Brown

Spicy Turkey Tostadas by Jessica Ivey

Smokey Chickpeas with Spinach by Marisa Moore

One Pot Wonder: Chicken, Kale and Rice Soup by Edwina Clark

20 Minute Thai Chicken Red Curry  by Edwina Clark

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Easy Lentils by Alix Turoff

Make Ahead Beans and Greens Quesadilla by Holley Grainger

Vegetarian Rice & Bean Casserole by Jenna Braddock

Avocado Chicken Salad by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Sides

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

7 Ingredient Peach, Avocado and Feta Salad by Edwina Clark

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus by Amy Gorin

Roasted Roma Tomatoes with Feta and Basil by Jennifer Hunt at Healthy Inspiration

Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Alyssa Lavy

Healthier Red Skin Potato Salad by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Appetizers

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Fiesta Lime Black Bean Salsa by Muscle and Manna

Baked Brie with Pecans and Pears by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Dessert

Dietitian approved recipes for beginner cooks

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding by Marisa Moore

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins by Triad to Wellness

One Bowl Healthier Banana Bread by Mitten Dietitian

Spiced Peach and Berry Fruit Bake by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

 

Miscellaneous

Baked Plantain Chips by Delicious and Nutritious Eating

Kale-in It Pesto by Crumb, Ink

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas by Nutrition Hungry

 

Healthy Dietitian Approved Recipes for Beginner Cooks

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These gluten free mango muffins can also be made into mango bread or vegan!
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Mangoes…or is it Mangos? Either way, I think one of my favorite parts of early summer is all the mango everywhere down here in south florida. My number 1 favorite thing about summer though has gotta be the lighter traffic. I’m sorry mangoes but 30 minutes less of my commute each day is something that you just can’t buy.

Anyways, you are probably here to read about food and not Miami traffic, so back to the mangoes. I love experimenting with different ways to use them, and since they are plentiful this time of year, if I mess up and make something weird I can totally start over and try again. Topping fish with a fresh mango avocado salsa or adding some mango to rice like in the Coconut Mango Rice from my last post really just adds a summery freshness to things.
These gluten free mango muffins can also be made into mango bread or vegan!
So I have been wanting to make mango muffins for awhile. I didn’t want them to be super sweet though, so I could eat them for breakfast without getting a tummy ache… and they needed to be gluten free so I can eat them, cause watching other people eat food that you made but can’t enjoy is just silly. I have had a lot of success with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, and like that it has some bean flours in it for extra fiber and nutrients, so I went with that and just 1/4 cup of honey and they turned out great!

After I was done perfecting my gluten free mango muffins, I also wanted to try making the batter into a mango bread. But when I went to make the bread I realized that someone (Baby V) had been extra hungry and was eating two eggs at breakfast that week instead of her normal one and I did not have any eggs left. Luckily I remembered I had bought some ground flaxseeds to help get someone to poop (Baby V, again) and so I was able to substitute them in for the eggs. I then decided I mine as well go full vegan and I subbed out the honey for maple syrup to make a vegan gluten free mango bread!. So here  is my recipe for the gluten free mango muffins, if prefer to make them vegan, or into a bread, substitutions/modifications are listed right below the recipe!

Gluten Free Mango Muffins

Ingredients
Cooking Spray
2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Fresh Mangoes – Cubed (~2 Cups)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Canola Oil
1/4 Cup Honey

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Spray 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray
3. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in a large mixing bowl
4. Puree mangoes in a blender
5. Add mangoes to dry ingredients in mixing bowl along with vanilla, eggs, oil, and honey
6. Mix well and pour into muffin tin
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins appear lightly golden brown on top
8. Allow to cool slightly and serve
9. Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or pop it in the freezer for a rainy day

*To make vegan simply sub out the honey for maple syrup and use “flax eggs” in place of eggs. To make 2 “flax eggs” mix 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds in 6 tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes to gelatinize before stirring into dry ingredients.

**To make into bread simply pour batter into a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Adjust cooking time to approximately 40 minutes.

 

These gluten free mango muffins can also be made into mango bread or vegan!

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Easy gluten free vegan coconut mango rice recipe with ciliantro
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It is getting hot here in South Florida and that means mango season! While I am not one of the lucky ones with a mango tree in my backyard, I do tend to somehow acquire a surplus of mangoes. Fresh mangoes are so delicious on their own, but sometimes it is fun to experiment and add them to different recipes, especially when you happen to have a large supply. My husband makes a great mango-avocado salsa that we like to put on top of mahi, and I have experimented with adding mangoes to baked goods (another mango recipe soon to come). Last year I had fun making some refreshing Coconut Mango Popsicles…I am however, super excited about this coconut mango rice recipe I am going to share with you.

 

 

Before I get to that though, I just want to take a minute to talk about the glorious mango. If you weren’t already aware, there are so many different varieties of mangoes. If you don’t like one kind, that does not mean you don’t like mangoes! When I first moved to Florida, I thought I didn’t like mangoes until I started trying all the different kinds. We even went to a mango festival and got to sample a whole bunch! I discovered that I like the ones that are firm and sweet, but not too sweet. There are some that I find too mushy, and some that I feel taste a little bit like pine trees. That’s a thing….right? Of course I can never remember the names of the different varieties though, I just have to try them and see!

 

Easy gluten free vegan coconut mango rice recipe with ciliantro

 

So other than mangoes being super delicious…. why should you eat them? Mangoes have a ton of nutrients! One of which is beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, which may help protect against certain cancers and can lower your risk of developing asthma. Fiber and potassium are also present in mangoes, and are both great for heart health. Mangoes also have Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B-6, and antioxidants, among a host of other nutrients.

Now onto the recipe! It is seriously so easy. If you can cook a basic batch of rice, you can make this. Basically, I just cooked short grain brown rice in a coconut milk beverage to infuse some flavor, added some mango, fresh cilantro from my herb garden, and a little bit of salt. Super easy, flavorful, colorful, nutrient-full, and delicious!

 

 

Coconut Mango Rice
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
2 Cups Coconut Milk Beverage (I used So Delicious)
1/2 Cup Diced Mango
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro – Coarsely Chopped + Extra for garnish
1/8 Teaspoon Salt (optional)

Directions
1, Bring coconut milk beverage to a boil in a medium pot.
2. Add rice, turn down to a simmer, stir and cover with a tight fitting lid.
3. Simmer on low for 45 min.
4. Remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.
5. Stir in mango, cilantro, and salt if desired.
6. Cover with lid and allow to steam in pot for another ten minutes to allow mango to warm.
7. Serve.

 

Easy gluten free vegan coconut mango rice recipe with ciliantro

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