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My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Claire from Astoria, New York - My Healthy Recipes

My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Claire from Astoria, New York - My Healthy Recipes
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Welcome to Kitchn's new series My Favorite Healthy Recipes, where we show you how real people around the country (and even world) eat "healthy," however they choose to define that for themselves. Maybe you will even find a few recipes to add to your own meal plan.

Name: Clare
Location: Astoria, New York
Age: 30
Occupation: Freelance culinary producer and private chef
Number of people in household: 1

What Does Healthy Mean to You?

As a culinary instructor, I am always cautious of labeling things as "healthy." After reading this piece in the Washington Post by Michael Ruhlman, I completely changed the way I labeled food. To me, I much prefer using the phrase "health supportive"literally, eating whatever supports your overall health and goals. As a chef, I am constantly around food and travel frequently. I ca not afford to be sick or tiredmy job is literally dependent on my energy.

This winter I traveled across the country producing the food waste series Scraps. I developed recipes using ingredients otherwise considered trashkale stems, carrot tops, odd cuts of meat. Long days of recipe testing and shooting meant I had to be on top of my eating if I did not want to succumb to craft services or failed batches of overripe avocado brownies (so good). I found that lots of vegetables and higher fat and protein worked well to sustain me and keep on-set nibbles to a minimum. Plus wine and chocolate. Always.

What Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Recipes?

1.Veggie Naan'wich with Feta Chickpea Mash from Sprouted Kitchen

I always have chickpeas and tahini on hand for hummus, but I ca not live on hummus alone. I nix the homemade naan in favor of making a double batch of the chickpea mixture. It's great in bowls, alongside a poached egg and greens, or tucked into a toasted corn or brown rice tortilla.

2.Cauliflower Blueberry Smoothie Bowl from Lee from America

3.Roasted Carrots with Avocado and Yogurt from Smitten Kitchen

4.Harissa Chicken Salad from Bon Apptit

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