Top 2011 Husband-Approved Healthy Recipes

Happy New Year, Friends!
I hope you had a wonderful evening celebrating with loved ones, full of laughter, affection, and of course, good eats and drinks.
Now that the streamers are picked up, the martini glasses washed and put away, and you’re feeling all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (wishful thinking) it’s time to move on to important business: menu planning! (Because it’s January, and we’re supposed to be “good”, hence we can no longer survive on the holiday cookies stuffed in the freezer.)
I know that a bunch of you ladies out there have the best intentions of watching portion sizes, cutting sugar, and increasing your lean protein and veggie intake, which leaves you wondering, “What the heck is HE going to eat?” I have a simple answer. It’s not rocket science. He’s going to eat the very same things you are. And how do I know this? I’ve asked Ben to pick his favorite dinner from every month on 2011, so I can personally guarantee you that at least one man has enthusiastically devoured these dishes. This was a popular post last year, so I couldn’t resist a second edition. From the man himself, here are Ben’s favorite recipes from 2011.
January: Chicken Parmesan Burgers

(not technically a new recipe, but one he couldn’t resist!)

February: Mantwo (Afghan Beef Ravioli with Split Peas and Yogurt Sauce)
March: Morcoccan Chicken with Chickpeas, Raisins and Dates
April: Crab and Asparagus Frittata
May: Tandoori Chicken Tacos (not surprisingly, one of your favorites too!)
June: Spicy Mango Black Bean Turkey Burgers
July: Lebanese Tostadas
 August: Mediterranean Date and Olive Pizza on a Chickpea Crust
September: Shawarma Pizza on Chickpea Flour Crust
October: Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto
November: Spaghetti Squash Gratin with Chorizo and Kale
December: Acorn Squash with Cornbread, Sausage and Apple Stuffing
And that most certainly concludes the 2011 roundups. I promise to be back with new recipes soon!

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17 Responses to “Top 2011 Husband-Approved Healthy Recipes”

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    Lee — January 1, 2012 @ 1:41 pm Reply

    Nice.  I'm always looking for healthy husband friendly meals.  

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    greensnchocolate — January 1, 2012 @ 4:38 pm Reply

    Love this list of recipes – definitely going to be trying out that spaghetti squash casserole!  Hopefully I'll have it boyfriend approved as well 🙂  

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    Joanne — January 1, 2012 @ 7:56 pm Reply

    Based on the all the Indian and middle eastern food on this roundup, I can tell that Ben and I have very similar tastes in food.  Love it!I think all your recipes are awesome, Cara but these really are some of my favorites!

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    Ivy — January 1, 2012 @ 9:25 pm Reply

    A lovely and delicious but most of all healthy roundup. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    Yocelyn Diaz Suarez — January 2, 2012 @ 12:22 am Reply

    Glad to see that the shrimp risotto is on there. My husband gobbled it up!

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    Yocelyn Diaz Suarez — January 2, 2012 @ 12:22 am Reply

    I must try the chicken sandwich! 

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    Kate — January 2, 2012 @ 2:49 am Reply

    I never worry about what my husband is going to eat.  If he doesn't want what I make, he knows where the kitchen is.  (He just doesn't know how to work anything in it)

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    shannon — January 2, 2012 @ 3:37 am Reply

    ooh, i missed those mantwo–off to check them out 🙂

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    Lucia — January 2, 2012 @ 11:40 am Reply

    Great dinners! I told my husband this year is the year of eating light… let's see if I can stick to that! Happy New Year!

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    Jennifer McCormick — January 2, 2012 @ 4:19 pm Reply

    Yea. See. You're gonna help me with my New Years resolution and I bet you didn't even know it! I want to make more culturally diverse foods and right here, in this very post, is where I think I should start! 🙂 Can't wait! The food looks super yummy and healthy!

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    Cara — January 2, 2012 @ 4:27 pm Reply

    So glad to hear it Jennifer, best of luck!

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    Shannon — January 3, 2012 @ 5:48 pm Reply

    he’s picked some good ones!! i’m especially grateful to have found someone that also enjoys my style of cooking and eating 🙂

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    elly — January 3, 2012 @ 5:59 pm Reply

    Good choices, Ben! Glad to see the chicken parm burgers up there. 🙂 I’m still looking forward to trying the shawarma pizza – hopefully very soon! Happy new year!

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    Tiffany Youngren — January 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm Reply

    What a great category! My husband is pretty cool about eating what I make – my 17 year old son is our “tough sell” 😀

    Love your blog – added it tour list of favorite links on

    Happy 2012!

    ~ Tiffany

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      Cara — January 4, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Thanks Tiffany! Off to check out your site 🙂

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    lizzy — January 8, 2012 @ 11:27 am Reply

    Oh wow, I’ve made a bunch of these but there are still so many I can’t wait to try! Planning next weeks menu around this post and the one before this! YAY!

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    Klaumwell Labs — January 9, 2012 @ 3:38 pm Reply

    Creating healthy meals that are still flavorful is always nice. Thanks for providing these 2011 husband approved recipes.

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