Healthy recipes for two: on the road again

A couple of years ago my wife and I decided that we had had enough of the suburban life. I was ready to retire early and so was she, our kids were long since gone and having kids of their own who we didn’t see enough, and I was sick of mowing the lawn, washing windows and cleaning out gutters. My brother had taken a bold leap about 10 years ago and I decided to follow his lead. We bought a medium-size motor home (after selling the house), traded in our cars for a small 2 door sporty model, and hit the road. We never looked back and have never regretted our decision.

Since I was always the cook of the house, I had to make a few adjustments to my style for the motor home’s smaller kitchen. But more than that, I had to make adjustments for us. My wife and I decided that making a clean break included starting a regimen of exercise, vitamins and supplements, and healthy eating. Eating healthy for us meant using fresh organic ingredients, locally grown and produced when possible, using meats from animals raised without antibiotics or additives, striking a balance between too much of the bad fat and just enough of the good kind, and cutting back on the processed flours and sugar. So I developed a long list of healthy recipes for two, easy to prepare in a small kitchen, and I will share three examples of my favorites here.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan - Healthy recipesThis is a favorite of ours because it seems so sinful but is really healthy. Take 2 boneless chicken breasts (and flatten the thick parts with a meat pounder. Then put the chicken in a mixture of 1 free-range egg (they’re actually good for you, you know) and a half cup of skim milk, dredge each piece in a bowl of whole-grain breadcrumbs, and place them in a skillet with a bit of olive oil flavored with garlic powder.Brown on both sides, and when the breasts are done (about 5 minutes on each side) put a tablespoon or two (I like more sauce, the wife less) of organic marinara on each piece, then grate some fresh Parmesan on each one. Then turn off the heat and cover for a few minutes. Serve with a green salad and you’ve got one of the healthy recipes for two.

Easy Skillets

Easy Skillets - Healthy recipesOne of our favorite meals is the easy skillet. It starts with a pound of lean ground meat (you can use lean beef or turkey or chicken), fresh chopped peppers (as many colors as you can find), onions, and garlic. Brown the meat first and drain the fat, then put in the veggies. When they are still bright-colored but not soggy, add a can of organic black, red, pinto or kidney beans and a small can of organic chopped tomatoes. Mix in a cup of cooked brown rice and you have an easy skillet. By varying the meat and the spices and the beans used, you can call it a Mexican or a Cajun or an Italian skillet – the possibilities for healthy recipes for two are endless.

Pork Chops Oriental

Pork Chops OrientalGet a couple of farm-raised pork chops (not too thick) and some fresh ginger, garlic, and onions. You’ll need a tablespoon or so of soy sauce too. Chop a teaspoon of ginger, 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, and a small onion. Fry the pork chops in some olive oil and add the chopped veggies after they brown and you turn them over. When everything is starting to brown, add the soy sauce. Cover and let cool down a bit, then serve with steamed brown rice.

Our life on the road has been a pleasant one, and we enjoy it together. By developing more healthy recipes for two, we plan to keep heading down the road for a long time to come.

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