Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New You

Did you resolve to spend less, save time in the kitchen, or try new recipes this year? Perhaps it’s eating more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains? Whatever your food resolution is this year, has the recipe collection for you! Thanks to the great community-submitted recipes, the team here has been able to put together some great breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices for your friends and family this year.

Deliciously Healthy: Shape up your diet in a tasty way. 
Garlic Salmon
Quinoa Side Dish
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint

Easy Comfort Food: Seven simple ingredients, all kinds of taste. 
7-Ingredient Chili
Excellent and Healthy Cornbread 

Save Money with Menu Planner: An easy answer to the toughest resolution! 
Browse Budget Menus
Save This Menu: Chicken for the Week 

Fast Food Out-Slow Cooker In: Can’t beat the ease of dinner that waits for you! 
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
Browse Slow Cooker Recipes 

Meatless Mondays and More: Vegetarian favorites you’ll love any day.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry 
Try Five Globetrotting Vegetarian Menus

Freeze Ahead, Get Ahead: Hot dinners, just a defrost away. 
Lloyd’s Healthy Chicken Zoopa
Tips for Freezing Dinners

Check out the New Year, New You page for more recipe and menu ideas! How do you plan on keeping your resolutions this year?


My resolutions this year are 1) to eat meatless once a week, 2) to eat fish once a week, 3) to really make an effort to like ground turkey using and its very helpful community of cooks. A year ago I lost almost 50 pounds. Last year I concentrated on being consistent with exercise. This year, I WILL lose those last 20 pounds!

My New Me plan has 2 parts, or resolutions, revolving around the way I shop. I drive an hour to our local military commissary every 2 weeks, and using Menu Planner really cuts down on last-minute runs to the local market. But, we do love fresh produce, so this means I need to buy those locally as we need them. So first, I'm riding my bike to the market for produce. It's an easy trip, 4 miles round-trip. The second thing I'm doing is planning leaner meals, 2 fish, 2 chicken and 1 lean pork each week, which means beef is limited to twice a week. Getting out of the beef rut means I'm also trying a lot of new recipes. Guess what? Most of them are delicious, and I've still got over 11 months of new ones to discover. Healthy New Year!

I have a resolution this year to take lots of small steps to make healthy changes in my life! I want to try to stay away from too much sugar in my diet. I also want to make sure to take a multi vitamin everyday. I will try to do some sort of aerobic excersize a few times a week, just to improve overall health. These small changes can make a big difference!

I have a resolution to spread my wings and try cooking and tasting things I never have before.I want to try and serve less fatting meals to my husband.

I've made a resolution to eat healthier, meaning fresh veggies and more fruit and incorporate them into my meals.

This year, my resolution is to switch over to fresher, in season, fruits and vegetables. I also intend to find more organic foods and to eliminate processed foods from coming into my home for a healthier way of living.

My resolution is to to exercise more (week two is well underway) and try to eat healthier. I love to make us treats, so now we will just have them a bit less often. - MN Nice

A couple of years ago, I couldn't run 1/8 of a mile. Today, I'm proud to say I'm a runner. I've lower my cholesterol without medications, lost 40 pounds, and I have never been happier. I've made lots of new friends in the process and my goal for 2012 is to run at least 1,000 miles, my first FULL marathon in October and my first triathlon in August. I would have NEVER thought this would be possible for me. Whatever your goal is, it's achievable. Don't sit and wait for it to happen.

My resolution for this year is like a lot of other people' healthier, lose a few pounds and laugh every day! Smiling increases your face value :-)

I resolve to drink MORE water, consume less sugar and spend more time in the fresh outdoors!

This year my resolution is to cut back on all the sugar, So for every cookie I want I find myself reaching for a apple& peanut butter, fresh Pineapple, celery and peanut butter or even some wonderful vanilla granola clusters. don't get me wrong I still have my cookies but say if I want 3 cookies I will eat two and trash one. yes it's wasteful but you don't really have to trash it just put it back. but take out your 3 eat two and leave the other sit there till you get back up. key is to train yourself to have will power to see it, touch it, and know it's there but to just not eat it cause it's there. :)

I plan on eating more meatless meals and incorporating more fruit & veggie smoothies into my diet. Also, EXERCISE!! I need to do it, have been lazy in the past, and this has to be my year to get into shape!

I've cancelled the newspaper subscription which means I have to walk 1/2 mile each morning to buy a newspaper (and I can't do without my daily paper!). Also, I'll spend 30 minutes each morning, before 8:00 AM, walking on the treadmill at least five days a week.

My husband and I decided to have no more family style at the table! We are going to make our plates at the stove and carry the plates to the table. This will eliminate those extra helpings and "picking" at the yummy food! We are also going to try substituting greek yogurt instead of the fattier options of sour cream or mayonnaise.

Two healthy tips I can leave to help the new you of 2012 is 1) Challenge yourself every time you cook to substitute one ingredient for something healthy. Replace heavy cream with fat free cream cheese to make Alfredo a guiltless pleasure. 2) Have a family game night. Make the family go out bowling, ice skating, bike riding, etc. This will bring your family closer and make everyone healthier. Good luck on your endeavors!

My two healthy changes:

1) Getting more "natural" - I'm removing as many chemicals (hormones, preservatives, etc.) from my diet as practical. Reading labels and searching the 'Net has really opened my eyes.

2) Cooking more new recipes. I've done several new ones in the past, but because I'm so busy with writing, I often go with the "tried and true." No longer! this year, I will try at least a new recipe every week or so. Who knows, I might discover a new "tried and true" favorite!

Another thing I plan on doing is focusing more on "clean" eating. This means lots of fresh vegetables & fruits, whole grains, minimally processed food, and no prepackaged meals.

Another way I plan to be healthier in 2012 is to cut the sweets and carbs as snacks and eat fruit instead.

My New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, avoid fast food/convenience foods, lose some weight, and exercise more.

A great tip that works for me when trying to maintain portions and avoid overeating is to drink a full glass of water prior to the meal and always drink water instead of sugary juices or soda with all my meals. You get two benefits in one! Reduce overeating (portion control) AND increase your water intake.

My husband and I already eat pretty healthy, but I am hoping to try to go meatless once a week, and trying as many new recipes as possible to expand our repetoire of healthy menus.

For 2012, I resolve to eliminate as much processed food from my diet as is humanly possible. I retired in 2011, so cooking better (not necessarily faster anymore) is my goal. I will also incorporate more fresh veggies from local gardens, and I will freeze more veggies when in season. Of course, drinking more water should be on everyone's list.

I'm back to working full-time after working half-time since June and being a SAHM for 9 years previously. What needs to happen is for me and my family to plan our week's and/or month's menus. I know there are a lot of different techniques for this, but I just need to overcome my own inertia, as much as I like to fly by the seat of my pants.
My 2nd goal is to eat more kale, easy to do because I love it! It makes the whites of my eyes whiter and it makes my eyes sparkle more, plus, I love it when my optometrist gazes into my eyes and repeatedly remarks about how healthy my eyes are!

I know I don't have the resolve to diet, so we've cut back on sodium and sugar by replacing all of the soft drinks in the house with home-brewed green tea, lightly sweetened with agave or honey. :)

I am going to get back to swimming. I used to swim a km at least 3 days a week and usually did a mile on Sundays. In fact, that's where I met my partner - in the pool at the Y. After he died, it was hard for me to go swimming alone even though I had been swimming for some time before I met him. But now I have custody of two of his granddaughters and we spent most of the summer at the beach so they swim like little minnows. So I submitted paperwork recently and am waiting for a response because at least the girls' memberships should be subsidized (through a program for kids who are in the custody of a non-relative). Can't WAIT to get back into the water!

I am challenging myself to eat out less; especially fast food and to be more active! Also trying to use portion control.

I challenge myself to workout and eat meatless meals three times a week. My weightloss goal is 20 pounds by June 1.

My resolution has been further defined to not only eat healthier, but I've also joined Weight Watchers and am doing some exercising. I don't bring anything into the house that is considered unhealthy or junk food, including cigarettes! We eat lean meats, mostly poultry, lots of veggies and drink alot of water...

I resolved to be more active this year, so after getting settled in FL for the winter, I joined 2 golf leagues, play another day with friends and walk 3-4 days a week. We are eating much better and I engaged our friends to take turns each week making a healthy dinner we have never made before and another person brings a new healthy dessert! We've been having a ball and more are already interested in participating. What could be better, exercising often, eating better and laughing a lot!?!? I think this will be a good year!

My New Year/New Me resolution is to find healthier substitutes for fattening ingredients in my cooking. So far I've successfully used low-fat or fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream in soup recipes. I've also used silky tofu in some recipes instead of cream to add protein (I'm "mostly" vegetarian). I know there are other good substitutions out there and this is my year to explore them, and to expand my knowledge, not my waistline!

Another resolution I have is to keep blogging! =)

This year I'm switching from regular tea to green tea, drinking more water and eating more fruits and veggies. Plus excercising on a REGULAR basis... I'm hoping small changes will lead to better overall health.

Although my family eats relatively healthy foods and has a well rounded diet, we all eat too much! My resolution this year is to scale back on portion sizes and pay more attention to feelings of fullness...which means eating slowly!

My resolutions are simple, and yet a little daunting at the same time. 1) be more patient, 2) eat more fresh/local food, reduce cheap filler starches 3) finish grad school

My resolution is to include more whole foods in my diet. I also want to cut down on snacking between meals - especially the unhealthy choices I tend to make (chips, candy). I feel so much better when I know the food I am eating is good for me!

There are many things I want to do to improve and better myself. First, I am finally going back to kick boxing, and second I will stop skipping meals. Sometimes I'm busy but other times I'm just being lazy and not wanting to cook for just me while hubby is at work. No more excuses and no more laziness!

My health-related resolution is to eat more fast food! How about that? I have busy evenings a few nights per week which make it difficult to prepare healthy meals and by "fast" food I mean 30-minute or quicker meals! I also have a tendency to get very sleepy about 15-30 minutes after eating bad carbs so I intend to watch my intake of those and increase my intake of low-carb vegies. As much as I would like to say I am going to cut out bad carbs completely that would probably not hold true, unfortunately. Wish me luck!! And send quick healthy dinner ideas my way if you want!

I have never been one to make resolutions. However this year I resolve to each less processed food and to step outside my comfort zone a little with food that I previously had decided I didn't like.

Since my family has accepted brown rice and sweet potatoes over white rice/potatoes, I will try to remember to start that brown rice a half hour sooner than I would start white rice! I find myself not planning far enough ahead and sometimes have to grab the white rice. I plan to look for more healthful substitutions for everyday foods we eat. Already I sub white whole wheat flour for at least half the AP flour in my baking, I also sub unsweetened applesauce for half the fat called for in baked goods. Any suggestions for other 'sneaky' substitutions?