by: smallchicksbigeats

what you eat plays a major role in how you feel internally {and how many crop tops you can wear in the summer}. so we at smallchicksbigeats wanted to create easy meals with healthier alternatives -- because we deserve the benefits just as much as jlo. and we also wanted to debunk the idea that: healthy meals involve an extreme amount of work. so to kick off your valentine's day weekend, we wanted to give you:

five ways to have a healthier relationship with food

1. find foods/dishes that you enjoy and experiment with converting them into healthier ones. who's to say that you can't have pernil or your favorite cheddar broccoli soup? the secret is simply balancing the recipe

2. don't be afraid to try. try new foods, recipes and styles of cooking. get outside your comfort zone. we at #scbe attempt recipes knowing there's a chance for a miss {though we're always going for a hit!}. hiccups happen, it's part of the experience --promise

3. add colors! one big key to being healthy is the properties colorful fruits and vegetables add to your meal. curious? check out this chipotle bowl inspired cilantro, homemade pico de gallo and browned chicken recipe

4. think simple. it doesn't always have to be over the top. sometimes fewer ingredients can create some of the best meals. start with 5 items then try 4. this watermelon mint juice we made was one of the most refreshing drinks we've created with a small amount of ingredients!

5. REMEMBER: not all healthy foods have to be flavorless and "disgusting". when you build from what you love, add variety and replace with healthier options it can create a better love for cleaner eats and a better lifestyle. portobello mushroom is a great protein replacement, especially for anyone considering being vegan. making this vegan beef teriyaki happens to be one of our favorites thus far

so let's get cooking! here's our

quinoa fried rice recipe

trader joe's shopping list:

  • 1 bag of quinoa (multi-colored was the pick for this recipe but you can choose any quinoa that you'd like)
  • 1 cup of chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup of diced kale
  • 1/2 a cup of edamame pods
  • 1/2 a cup of shredded carrots
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 for sautéing and 1 to mix into your "fried rice"
  • seasonings: turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper. feel free to use any spices that you'd like and you can even add soy sauce


  • cook the quinoa as per the instructions on the back of the package. normally it is a 2:1 ratio. 2 cups water for 1 cup of quinoa
  • defrost your edamame pods
  • while the quinoa cooks in another pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, saute cabbage in another pan . cook down for 2 minutes then add your kale. season as you'd like!
  • once your quinoa is ready, add your cabbage, kale and edamame into the quinoa. add the last tablespoon of olive oil and mix together
  • cook your eggs and mix them into your quinoa blend along with the shredded cabbage over top
  • Plate and serve




this is what ours looked like (photo to the right)... share with us what yours came out like by sending a photo to @girlgangnyc on twitter! we might not be able to get you a bae for vday, but we can make sure you have healthy foodgasms for life




{main image cred: bon appétit magazine}

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