We’ve all heard that eating wholesome meals is big part of being healthy, so I’ve rounded up some fit and tasty recipes for beautiful skin! There are certain foods out there that can help us achieve radiant, healthy skin. And these recipes not only taste good but they’ll nourish your skin from the inside and provide your body with some valuable vitamins and minerals as well! The next time you’re wondering what to make for your next meal or snack, perhaps you’ll want to refer to these recipes for beautiful skin!
1. Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers
Recipes for beautiful skin are nutritious, tasty and sometimes unexpected! If you’re new to quinoa, you’ve gotta try it! It’s so easy to make, packed with important nutrients and filling! This is actually an old recipe, but nutrition expert Joy Bauer put a vegetarian spin on it and filled it with skin-nourishing goodies!
1 tablespoon oil, olive, extra-virgin, or canola or grapeseed oil
1 medium onion(s), diced
2 medium carrot(s), diced or grated
2 clove(s) garlic, minced
3/4 cup(s) quinoa, dry, (rinsed if directed on package)
3/4 teaspoon salt, Kosher
3 large pepper, bell, any color
1 can(s) beans, black, no-salt-added, (15 oz) drained and rinsed
1 can(s) tomato sauce, no added salt, (8 oz)
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
1/2 teaspoon paprika, smoked, (may substitute regular paprika)
1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
2 tablespoon cilantro, fresh, chopped (optional)
3/4 cup(s) cheese, reduced-fat, shredded (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Heat the olive oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and sauté until the vegetables have softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the quinoa, 1 1/2 cups water, and the salt. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the peppers. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise, trim the stems, and scoop out all seeds and membranes. Arrange the peppers cut side-up on the baking sheet, and mist the peppers liberally with oil spray. Bake for 15 minutes to soften the peppers. Remove from oven.
Add the black beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano to the quinoa, and mix thoroughly. Stir in the cilantro, if using. Divide the quinoa mixture evenly between the six pepper halves and pat the filling down to pack it into the pepper cups. Bake the stuffed peppers for 25 minutes. Top the peppers with the cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking if desired.
2. Parsley-Flaxseed Pesto Pasta
This next tasty recipe for skin features parsley and flaxseed pasta! Parsley contains vitamin C to speed up collagen production and help regulate oil production and flaxseeds are great for providing us with healthy essential fatty acids for youthful skin and tons of fiber to help keep us satiated!
1/4 cup walnuts
3 tablespoons flaxseeds
4 cups (3 ounces) packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for pasta water
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 pound linguine
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toast walnuts until they are crisp and fragrant, about 7 minutes.
In a food processor combine walnuts and flaxseeds and whirl until the seeds are crushed and somewhat ground, about 1 minute. Add the parsley, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan, 1/2 cup water, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth and thick.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook 1 pound of linguine according to package instructions. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. Drain. Spoon half the pesto into the pasta pot, and add the cooked linguine and the reserved pasta cooking water; toss well to coat. Season with salt and serve with additional Parmesan if desired.
3. Edamame Ginger Dip
I didn’t want to leave out the snackers out there, we need recipes for healthy skin too! The ingredients of this snack might sound a little intimidating to some, but it has a lot of flavor and it’s so good for you! Edamame contains tons of protein, vitamins and is relatively low in calories. Ginger, on the other hand, contains lots of nutrients and antioxidants so chop up some veggies and get ready to do the dip!
8 ounces frozen shelled edamame
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon tahini
1 clove garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Cook edamame according to package directions.
Puree the cooked edamame, water, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, tahini, garlic, salt and hot sauce in a food processor until smooth. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
4. Fresh Vegetable Frittata
The ingredients for this next recipe for healthy skin are as delicious as they are colorful! If you’re getting bored of your same old breakfast or lunch, try out this frittata packed with veggies and protein to fill you up! This healthy dish contains lots of vitamins, amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids that are great for your skin! You can eat this dish hot or cold so it’s a great choice to take with you to work or school!
1 tsp oil, vegetable
1/2 cup broccoli, florets, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 medium pepper, green bell, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 medium tomato, seeded and sliced
4 large eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp milk, non-fat (skim)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, black, ground
3 medium scallions, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish. In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add broccoli and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes.
Add in garlic, pepper, onion, and mushrooms and continue to sauté until vegetables become tender. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to the baking dish. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and spread the vegetables evenly throughout the dish.
In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over vegetable mixture. Bake in preheated oven for about 30-45 minutes, or until center is set. Cut into 4 servings and top each with sliced scallions. Serve hot or cold.
5. Chocolate Walnut Waffles
If you’re in dire need of some chocolate but don’t want to resort to junk food, try these delicious and wholesome waffles! You might be thinking that there’s no way this recipe is for healthy skin, but there’s some good stuff in there! Cocoa powder is a natural antidepressant; it’s packed with skin-boosting antioxidants and minerals. Walnuts also contain vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and are known to boost brain power!
1 1/2 cups whole grain pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons espresso powder
3 tablespoons light olive oil
3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl until combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk, sugar, espresso powder, and oil. Whisk the ingredients together until blended.
Preheat a waffle iron for 4 minutes, or according to the manufacturer's instructions. (A drop of water should sizzle and bounce when dropped on the iron.) Meanwhile, beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer at high speed just until they form soft peaks. Fold the whites into the chocolate batter in 3 additions, folding just until the mixture is combined.
Coat the heated waffle grids with cooking spray right before using. Add enough batter to almost cover the waffle grids (2/3 cup) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. (To keep warm, place a single layer of waffles on a foil-lined baking sheet in a preheated 250Â°F oven.) Serve each waffle topped with 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup and 2 tablespoons walnuts.
6. Italian Ranch Turkey Burger
This next delicious recipe for healthy skin boasts a ton of other benefits besides nourishing our skin, it’s also great for eye health, your heart, your hair and your mood! Feast on this turkey burger to fill yourself up with lots of lean protein, selenium and vitamins. The next time you’re craving a burger but want to go the low-fat route, try this zesty burger and fill it with more skin benefiting veggies!
1 pounds turkey, lean ground
1 medium onion, white, chopped
2 clove(s) garlic, minced
2 ounce(s) cheese, feta, crumbled, fat-free
1/2 tablespoon dressing mix, ranch
Italian seasoning, dried, to taste
salt, sea, to taste
pepper, black ground, to taste
In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Form into 4 patties. Cook on a hot skillet, grill pan, or outdoor grill, 5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
7. Cherry Almond Salad
If you’re tired of eating plain old salads, spice things up a bit with some nuts and cherries and get healthy skin at the same time! Cherries taste great but they also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that offer tremendous benefits for our skin. Almonds also provide us with antioxidants but also deliver vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. This easy salad makes for a simple and healthy lunch!
2 cups lettuce, mesclun
2 Tbsp raspberry vinaigrette 1/2 cup cherries, fresh, rinsed and pitted
2 Tbsp almonds, slivered
Rinse and thoroughly dry lettuce. Place lettuce in a serving bowl. Add vinaigrette and cherries and toss to combine. Top with almonds and serve.
8. Balsamic Chicken
If you need a quick and easy recipe for a midweek meal that’s also healthy and satisfying, jot this recipe down! Turn to chicken for lean protein and B vitamins for healthy skin and hair and tomatoes for antioxidants to keep skin youthful. Garlic also has anti-fungal and anti-aging properties so this recipe is loaded with benefits!
1 large onion(s), yellow, thinly sliced
1 large pepper(s), red, bell, sliced
4 garlic, cloves, minced (may substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
4 chicken, breast, boneless, skinless, medium-thin (may substitute 8 chicken tenders)
1/2 cup(s) vinegar, balsamic, (use a good-quality, aged variety if possible)
1 can(s) tomatoes, diced, (15-ounce) with liquids, preferably no salt added
9. Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil
Salmon is one of the top skin superstars so you know we had to include a healthy skin recipe with it! We’ve learned that tomatoes are great for its anti-aging properties and basil contains antioxidants and beta-carotene for preventing skin damage and when you serve it with salmon that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, you’ve got a serious anti-aging meal!
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preheat grill to medium. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.
Eating foods that are healthy and good for our skin doesn’t have to be super expensive, bland or boring! There are a variety of delicious superfoods out there just waiting for you to try it out! Try experimenting with these recipes and see if you come up with your very own recipe for healthy skin! Do you have any dishes or foods you eat to boost your skin?