The more that we learn about nutrition, the more it seems that we need to eat the way humans did hundreds of years ago. Recent studies seems to be pointing us in the direction of gobbling mostly on “whole foods” which are food items that are as close to their natural form as possible.
Most health experts and nutritionist believes that eating more whole foods is the best way to prevent diseases and improve our overall health. Whole foods such as legumes, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables retain their fiber and also their whole portfolio of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals which are usually removed in process foods.
And to those people who are extremely conscious about their diet and lifestyles, they make sure to add in whole foods and minus the processed foods in their meal plans for ultimate healthy living.
Here are five delicious whole food dishes you can add to your conscious diet plan!
Red Kidney Bean Curry
Rajmah Chawal or red kidney bean curry that is usually served with rice is a traditional and rustic Indian meal cooked in most households in India. This whole food dish is originally a staple of village kitchen that is simple to prepare, nutritious and is naturally vegan, gluten-free and suited for people who suffer from allergies.
In tradition, red kidney beans or the “rajmah” are soaked in water the night before and then cooked until it is tender the next day.
For your convenience, you can also use canned red beans, pre-ground spices, and canned crushed tomatoes to significantly cut down the preparation time and make it suitable for a quick weeknight meal.
And although this dish is traditionally served with steamed, white rice, you can also add a touch of saffron to make it more special. If you want a twist on the tradition, you can also serve this nutritious dish with herby couscous, bulgur wheat or quinoa.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
We all know the soup that makes us feel better when the flu or cold virus hit us. A warm sip on a hearty bowl of chicken soup not only gives you warmth during the chilly winter season, but it also helps you get back on your feet. What makes it even better is this nutritious whole food dish can be made in Instant Pot or in one of the best soup and smoothie making machines, which can make it cook in no time.
Get the healing and warmth that your body deserves on a chilly morning, without sabotaging your conscious lifestyle.
Golden Crust Brussels Sprout Dish
Love Brussels sprouts? Need to cook a nutritious dish in only a short amount of time? Well, you can do both with this convenient recipe dish. This is a great way to eat Brussels sprout while indulging a bit on cheese.
You only need to cut the sprouts in half and cooked them until they are deliciously tender inside with a perfectly brown crust on the outside. Grate your favorite cheese on top and finish it off with some toasted hazelnuts. Indulge in nutritious food with a bit of guilt topping.
Paleo Shepherd’s Pie + Roasted Veggies
The Shepherd’s Pei first appears on dining tables in the late 1700s. Back then, housewives were on the frugal sides and looked for ways to transform leftovers into a meal and never waste any food. The shepherd’s pie is that delicious result of such frugal necessities.
However, in more ways than one, this dish is not your typical shepherd’s pie. This dish is filled with roasted whole veggies to up your veggie intake and is a great meal for those who want to remove starches and grains from their diets. Loaded with veggies and topped with cauliflower topping, this dish is an excellent low carb and nutritious alternative to the traditional Shepherd’s Pie.
Sweet Potato + Apple Latkes
Apples and sweet potato make a great afternoon snack, but when shredded and combined, you can form a unique and crispy dish of latkes. With a bit tangy and sweet taste, these nutritious latkes are perfect with creamy lemon tahini sauce.
You can prepare this fantastic snack for a short amount of time and can be served with kale if you are craving for some nutritious and crunchy leafy greens on the side.