Get Out of Your Cooking Lull – Healthy Recipe Ideas

Often times one of the hardest parts of healthy cooking is continuously finding new recipes that are easy to cook, and follow your DPP diet. The Lark DPP mission on “Shop and Cook” has focused on doing your own cooking to lose weight. As you may know, cooking at home can lead to lower-calorie, more nutritious meals – just what the doctor ordered for lowering diabetes risk. Here are some healthy recipes to keep you on-track with fresh ideas.

Oatmeal Pancakes

(Serves 2)


1 cup of rolled or quick-cooking oats

¾ cup warm milk

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 egg

¼ cup whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


Let the oats soak in the milk for 20 minutes. Blend in the other ingredients. Pour in spoonfuls onto a heated griddle with cooking spray, and turn over when edges bubble. Serve warm.

Quinoa Salad

(Serves 4)


2 cups quinoa cooked in low-sodium broth

½ onion, diced

2 large tomatoes, diced

1 cup low-sodium canned black or kidney beans

1 tablespoon of lime juice

4 ounces of cheddar or jack cheese

½ teaspoon cumin

1 cup of mango or kiwi in pieces


Combine all ingredients and let sit together until time to serve.

Spinach Cheddar Frittata

(Serves 4)


1 tablespoon of olive oil

10 oz. frozen cooked or fresh spinach

8 oz. sliced zucchini

4 eggs plus 8 egg whites

4 oz. cheddar cheese


Cook the vegetables in a hot pan with oil. Mix with the eggs and cheese. Pour into a greased pan, and bake at 400 degrees until the eggs are set, or about 25 minutes.

Cauliflower Turkey Hash

(Serves 4)


1 lb. cooked fresh or frozen cauliflower, chopped

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

½ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon pepper

4 eggs


Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and ground turkey; stir until the turkey is browned. Add the spices and cauliflower. Add the eggs and stir until the eggs are cooked.

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Natalie Stein

Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Assistant Professor of Public Health

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