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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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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Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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It’s been awhile since I posted a new recipe here on my website, so today, I wanted to share with you a super delish and amazingly easy spinach artichoke dip. And I promise you, it is well worth the wait. I have been wanting to make a healthier spinach artichoke dip for awhile now but just hadn’t had the time or the right occasion to do it. A last minute get together for New Year’s Eve provided me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at lightening up the usually high saturated fat, calorie laden dip, without decreasing its delicious factor.

 

How did I do this? Well, a lot of spinach artichoke dips contain boatload of cream cheese, mayonnaise, or both, which adds a lot of calories and saturated fat. Not that these ingredients are inherently bad, but when you are shoveling a delicious dip in your mouth, the saturated fat and calories can really add up quickly. So instead of cutting out the cream cheese completely, (cause you gotta have some creaminess factor for your spinach artichoke dip), I used a combination of reduced fat cream cheese, nonfat greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese. I felt that it was the perfect amount. The dip wasn’t too dry (all veggies and no “dip”), nor were the veggies over saturated. It also had great flavor, and no one could taste the yogurt. After I gathered all my ingredients I just mixed them all together in the pan I was going to bake it in (less clean up) and popped it in the oven…. and that is pretty much it!

Easy Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
10 Ounce Box of Frozen Chopped Spinach
9 Ounce Box of Frozen Artichoke Hearts
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
4 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
1/2 Cup Nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Pinch of Salt
Dash of Ground Pepper

Directions
Thaw frozen veggies according to package directions and ensure spinach is drained well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up artichoke hearts into bite sized pieces. Add everything to a 8×8 glass baking dish and mix well. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
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