Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015! Thank you for your patience as I took a few weeks off to recharge and relax over the holidays with family and friends.
Now that we’re into January, I’d love to hear about your goals, resolutions, and plans for the year. Personally, I love calling them goals because I think it’s more motivating than calling them resolutions. No matter what you call them, read on and then tell me what you’ve got planned for yourself!
On top of personal and professional goals which are way too boring to share here, I’ve got some ambitious goals when it comes to the food in my life. I know, I know…you’re shocked, right?!
One of my biggest goals, in addition to enjoying every bite of food, is to control my intake of sugar as well as eliminate processed foods. This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I know it will be a huge challenge, but I’m up for it! We will see how it goes and you may see some slight changes here as a result. I know what you’re thinking…Drastic, right?! After watching the documentary Fed Up, I was really motivated to examine some of the foods we eat and I have to admit that ignorance was bliss…not anymore though! And if you haven’t seen Fed Up…watch it! It was so interesting.
One of the most common resolutions is getting healthy! After the all of the holiday parties filled with cocktails and delicious foods, I’m definitely looking for some lighter options. So without further adieu…Here’s a line up of delicious, fresh, lighter alternatives to get 2015 off to a healthy start.
Arugula Salad with Seared Beef, Blue Cheese, and Slow Roasted Tomatoes is one of my favorite ways to enjoy beef. Lean beef tenderloin is seared to perfection and served in a limited portion, so you can enjoy it without all of the calories of a steakhouse steak!
Coconut Curry Grilled Chicken is light, flavorful, and healthy! Depending on your climate, grilling outdoors may be out of the question (it was 8 degrees here yesterday…BRRRR!), but this recipe can be grilled on a grill pan or a panini press instead.
Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing is a healthier and lighter version of my favorite California Pizza Kitchen salad. Make this salad at home instead and you’ll save a few bucks and a few calories! Score.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a protein packed snack with tons of crunch. These are the perfect mid- morning snack or football appetizer.
Sesame Soy Salmon is easy, fresh, and great for a weeknight dinner! This is a great way to get heart healthy nutrients.
Seared Sesame Tuna Salad with Soba Noodles and Miso Vinaigrette is light but you’d never know it based on the flavors! This salad was inspired by a restaurant meal and the at-home version is even better.
Autumn Arugula Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash is a vegetable loaded salad and even though it’s inspired by fall flavors, you can still locate all of these ingredients. This is one of those salads that is definitely a meal.
Grilled Jerk Chicken Skewers are another great chicken recipe. You can marinade the chicken all day while you’re at work and then grill it on the grill pan for a quick dinner. Leftovers are even better, so make extra!
There are even more healthy, light recipes on Bites of Bri to keep you on track, no matter what your goals are this year. As a side note, some of these recipes are my favorite because they offer tons of flavor! Healthy doesn’t have to be boring 🙂