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Healthy New Year's Cooking Inspiration

alitria | Jan 1, 2011 11:16 PM

Like many others in the new year, I'm trying to start off with a return to healthy eating habits. Since my fiancee and I moved in together over the summer, my eating habits have gotten much more carb and fat heavy. I sort of limped along until the holidays when, well, I'm sure you all know. I got a bit caught up in the fun of having someone to cook for (he can barely make toast) and he got caught up in not eating frozen food and take-out all the time. The reality of having someone taking wedding pics in 7 months has made up both realize we're looking a bit rounder than we were when we started dating.

I've seen plenty of recipes for "healthy" cooking but I find they often lack real depth of flavor when they're prepared. However, I've made enough delicious healthy food to know it can be just as wonderful as the heavy holiday foods. Especially now when I find myself burned out on rich and decadent and craving clean and simple flavors.

So, chowhounds, I'm asking you to inspire me. What are your favorite tried-and-true healthy recipes you find yourself going to again and again? My sweetie and I are pretty adventurous eaters and I live in a place with a wide variety of grocery stores and availability of ingredients. I have medical reasons for needing to keep my simple carbs low and my protein pretty high, but I'm otherwise open to most anything. Extra bonus points for keeping things in the "oh my god, I'm planning a wedding" budget range but if you have something a little decadent by all means share. There's something to said for an occasional splurge that's also healthy.

I can do this perfectly competently on my own, but I'm always impressed with the ideas other people have that just never occurred to me when I was busy with work and life and in a kitchen rut.

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