We all hate them for so many reasons.
One of the primary reasons is that the food can often be limiting and tasteless.
But we don't have to starve to be healthy. Or act like our taste buds don't exist. Believe it or not there are plenty of dishes that taste good and are good for you too.
Picture of Health is starting a feature where we will post healthy recipes periodically. We'll gather them from cookbooks, magazines, trainers and nutritionists. If you have any you'd like to send in you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The first recipe is one for meatballs and zucchini from Becky Conti, a trainer at Canton Merritt in Baltimore. (For full disclosure Becky was my trainer at one point of time.)
Zucchini and Meatballs
2 lbs. lean ground meat
2/3 cup oatmeal
Mix well and shape into meatballs; bake on greased sheet for 30 mins. at 350 degrees.
28 oz. can Tuttoroso (or other brand) crushed tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
Lots of cut-up zucchini
Saute onions, garlic and about a tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes in olive oil.
Stir 2 tbsp. of cornstarch (or flour) into beef broth and add to pot. Add tomatoes
and wine and stir to combine. Place cooked meatballs in sauce for at least a half hour.
Add zucchini to sauce and cook till crisp tender.
Serve over brown rice.