Thank you to everyone who shared their most delicious healthy recipes and ideas to start the year off with a new healthy lifestyle. The winning recipe is the Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa! It was a tough decision for our judges to make and a close tie with the other amazing dishes.
See what inspired Bobbi’s Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa recipe:
Before I started my journey down the road of healthier eating, I wouldn’t have known a whole grain if I tripped over it! But that was years ago. Now I actually prefer whole wheat pasta in many dishes because it adds a kind of nutty flavor that I really enjoy. The switch wasn’t easy at first. The rest of the family was not on board. So I actually started the switch with them on the sly. I snuck in whole grain pasta. That is probably the easiest do it if you need to be sneaky like me. I loved sitting back while the family went on about how great dinner was and then I informed them that they had just tried their first whole grain recipe. Dead silence for a minute, then a chorus of “really?”. I think that pretty much summed it up that I knew what I was doing, and wasn’t out to poison everybody. Now the family loves the whole grain substitutions that I make. This Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa is, hands down, the new family favorite!
Here’s what Chef Kari Karch, one of our fabulous judges, had to say about the Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa:
“It’s always a bonus to see someone discover new ingredients that helped them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. This recipe is not only a power-packed dish of antioxidants and fiber-filling grains, but the colors of all the beautiful vegetables makes this a mighty healthy dinner must! Great job and I can’t wait to see more of your recipes”
Honorable mentions go to:
Stir Fry with Korean Sweet Potato Vermicelli (Japchae)
Chef Kari says, “When I read this recipe, I was already running to the grocery store to buy the ingredients! I’m a huge fan of swap outs, so the sweet potato vermicelli and the agave syrup are great ways to lower sugar and starch intake. This dish is loaded with protein, the perfect amount of healthy fats, and tons of delicious flavor! Winner Winner who’s making this for my dinner??”
Southwest Stuffed Mushrooms
Johanna of Momma Cuisine says, “I love stuffed mushrooms and this recipe brings some of my favorite southwest flavors together in one dish. People think that eating healthier is expensive but fresh vegetables are so affordable and perfect for your great everyday meals!”