Easy Recipes To Try

As we all begin our New Year's Resolutions, one of mine is to try new foods/recipes and generally eat healthier.  A task for me running two businesses, having a newborn, two other daughters, getting back into shape, and the list goes on and on and on.  I found these easy recipes that I'd like to share...they are nutritious and family-friendly!

Couscous as a well-rounded side plus more!
Start with your favorite couscous (1 cup cooked according to package directions)
2 grated carrots
3 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup of chopped roasted pistachios
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

While the couscous is still warm, fold in the carrots, spinach, pistachios, olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.  Serves 6.

We added shrimp with a little bit of sea salt and chile powder for taste.  My daughters didn't complain about the veggies and ate everything on their plate!  I found this recipe from the January issue of Real Simple magazine.

Baked Tilapia with Oven-Roasted Asparagus
5 oz. piece of tilapia
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
8-10 asparagus spears
sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet wit non-stick cooking spray.  Place a 5 oz. piece of tilapia on the cookie sheet and season with sea salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil.  Arrange asparagus around the fish.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through.  You may want to cook the asparagus for 3-5 more minutes, depending on your taste preference.  Serve fish and asparagus with side salad topped with light vinaigrette dressing.

244 calories, 34 grams protein, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber.

This recipe is for one serving.  Multiply to fit your family's needs.  I found this recipe in RevAbs Jump Start Dinners (recipe book that comes with RevAbs workout videos from Beachbody).

Grace Martinez