Healthy Food Guide: Recipes for People Who are Afraid to Cook

I’ll admit it – I used to be terrified of my kitchen. Knives, burners, the ever-turning blade of the food processor – it was all somewhat intimidating. My husband would tell me I needed hazard insurance just to take a cake out of the oven. But, I came to realize my fear (and I am joking, but only somewhat) was due in large part to a lack of experience. In this health food guide, we’ll give you a couple recipes that are extremely easy to do and require few ingredients. Give it a try and before you know it, you’ll want to move on to other healthy food  guide recipes.

No-Fail Chicken Soup

This recipe is easy and if you make a triple batch you can store it for a week’s worth of lunches. It’s particularly great with a hard crusted sourdough roll and a big glass of iced tea.
Serves 1 – 2

Ingredients:
Chicken Broth ~1.5 cups
Diced Onion ~ ¼ of an onion
Diced Celery – 1 stalk
Thyme to taste
Terragon to taste
Salt to taste
3-4 oz chicken breast, cut into small pieces

Directions: Heat the chicken broth in a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat and toss in the veggies and spices. Let them simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Then toss in the chicken and simmer on med-high for another 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve.

Healthy Apple Crisp

Apples and oats are a great combination – particularly in the fall. If you have a food processor, this recipe can be done in just a few minutes. The most consuming part is peeling the apples. Using non-hydrogenated butter substitute makes this one of my family’s favorite healthy foods.
Serves 12

Ingredients:
8-9 large apples, peeled and sliced (get a peeler/slicer – it is well worth it)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
½ cup all purpose flour (gluten free flour works well too)
1 stick non-hydrogenated butter spread such as Promise
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Place the apple slices in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. In the food processor, combine remaining ingredients until crumbs form. Spread mixture on top of apples and bake for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve alone or with ice cream.

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