Rose: POPSUGAR Recipes

I generally stick with the same websites for clean eating recipes: Pinterest, Cooking Light, Clean Eating Magazine and sometimes Vegetarian Times. I’ve made some pretty delicious meals thanks to these resources. But last week, I found an article on POPSUGAR with some of the “healthiest meals” in their collection. And so, I decided to give two of those recipes a try — and with mixed results.

First up was the Sesame Ginger Kale and Quinoa Salad. I have been eating this every day for lunch. To save on calories, I omitted the almonds, which I generally eat as a midmorning snack. Likewise, I stuck with two tablespoons of dressing per serving (that would be 100 calories, 10 grams of fat for reach two — quite a lot in my opinion). I also added chicken for a protein boost. All in all, I found this salad to be edible but not entirely interesting aside from the inclusion of blueberries. Find my rating below.

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Rating: C+

For Tuesday’s dinner, I decided to try out the Chickpea Coconut Curry. I prepared most of my ingredients the night before, including sautĂ©ing some onions and garlic and chopping potatoes. I accidentally forgot to include the cauliflower, which is why my batch turned out to be a little watery. All in all, this was a much better experience than the salad. The coconut milk provided a nice sweet flavor to the dish. I will say it could stand to have a little more curry though (only 1/2 teaspoon for the entire batch). But other than that, this meal was perfect after a long day.

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Rating: B+

While it was fun to step away from my usual recipes, I don’t think I’ll be using POPSUGAR again. The calorie counts are reasonable, but some of the dishes just lack in protein. They also aren’t as favorable as I’d hoped they’d be. So it looks like it’s back to my usual resources, which are definitely tried and true.

Have you ever used POPSUGAR for recipes? What do you think?

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