Healthy Mind and Bodies Group Meeting Re-Cap

We had a great turn out at the meeting, and it was really fun to sit and chat.

Here are the dishes we tasted at the meeting:
AnnDee’s Gourmet Tuna Salad (nice way to sneak in extra veggies and flavor)

Lisa’s Shrimp Creole over brown rice, and her Couscous salad (both big hits)

Carolee’s Wheat Berry Salad with red fruit (one of my all-time favorites)

Heather’s Black Bean Soup (made by Anne)

Jenny’s Quick Parmesan Pita Chips (a nice, quick way to jazz things up)

We discussed a few ways to find great recipes online (Allrecipes.com , Epicurious.com , simply Google “healthy recipes” to get ideas).

We also talked about how to cook “smarter” so that each dinner doesn’t become a long chore.
-We Beans often cook every other night or every third night and make enough to have leftovers for lunches and dinners (adding a quick salad or something to change things up, or using the same beans and rice in a different dish).
-Others mentioned making double (soup, veggie enchiladas, or whatever) and freezing some.
-Even if you have a “regular” meal line-up, you can put a healthier (and faster) recipe in and rotate out one of the more time-consuming and less nutritious recipes
-Another idea was to do things in bulk (like cooking meat or chopping onions) and freezing the results in portions to make cooking future meals faster.

Our next meeting will be in September and we’ll be sharing ideas for getting the whole family involved in trying new, healthier foods. Or in other words, how to get your kids eating spinach and your husband eating brown rice. πŸ™‚

Here is a compilation of the Healthy Recipes from the exchange. It’s a Word document you can save to your computer.

Thanks, ladies! πŸ™‚

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About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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