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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Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins
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Who wants to have their cake and eat it too? Definitely me. I have a big sweet tooth and love love love cookies, brownies, cake, chocolate…basically any dessert. I will eat it. And that’s ok. I don’t say no to something if I really want it, except of course if it is something that I know will wreak havoc on my intestines. And even in that case I just find something comparable that I can eat and enjoy. So when I realized easter was coming up and I was craving carrot cake, I wanted to make my own version that was gluten free, not super sweet, and full of those carrot cake spices. So I made these healthy carrot cake muffins for myself, and I guess my husband too, but mostly myself.

 

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a snack, these healthy carrot cake muffins are made with almond flour so they are also gluten free!

 

When I first made these healthy carrot cake muffins, I made a version that was a little higher in sugar (1/2 cup maple syrup instead of a 1/4 cup). It was good, but a little too sweet for a muffin, it reminded me more of a cupcake. And while I don’t really give my 15 month old daughter things with added sugar very often, I did put a few pieces of the muffin on her plate towards the end of dinner. I expected her to gobble it all down immediately but she didn’t. She had a few bites and then actually left some on her plate. While she did eat some of it, and enjoy it (she indicated this by making “mmmm” sounds), she listened to her body and stopped when she was full. I feel like that is a great lesson for us all!

 

Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins

 

So how can you stop eating more than what you need? You are likely not a baby if you are reading this post (If you are, congratulations on reading so early!), so you might feel like you have lost some of your ability to self regulate. Most of us preserve this function until about 2 years old but after that, external instead of internal cues can be more influential if we are not careful. I’m sure many of you were told growing up that you needed to “clean your plate,” and that there were “starving children” somewhere, and you were being wasteful. It was a different time then, and we know so much more now how these practices undermine our ability to self regulate. One thing I like to do is to take smaller portion sizes. If I am hungry I allow myself to get more, but it gives me time to pause and ask myself “am I still hungry?” or “do I really want more?” instead of just mindlessly eating everything off my heaping plate.

 

Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins

 

Anyways…lets get to those healthy carrot cake muffins. In order to turn a carrot cake with a limited amount of nutrients, into something healthier that is absolutely still delicious, I changed up a few ingredients and made it into muffins for easier portion control. Instead of all-purpose flour (very little nutrients) I went with an almond flour. Never tried baking with almond flour before? It’s amazing. It is basically ground up almonds so you are getting healthy fats, protein, fiber plus other vitamins and minerals. It is really light and fluffy and…I just love the almond flavor. Because the almond flour contains fat in it, I don’t usually see the need to add any extra oil. So instead, I used some applesauce to give it some natural sweetness so I can cut back on the maple syrup.

 

Oh and if you do want more of a cupcake then a muffin, just follow the recipe below but increase the maple syrup to 1/2 cup.

 

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients

2 Cups Almond Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Finely Shredded Carrots (about 3 carrots)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 muffin-muffin tin with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. In a separate medium size bowl lightly beat eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients slowly into flour mixture until consistent throughout. Fold in carrots.  Fill muffin tin with batter evenly, about 1/2 to 3/4 way. Place in preheated oven and cook for 18-20 min or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Use a knife or fork to loosen edges of muffins and remove from tin. Serve or keep in an airtight container until ready to eat.
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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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