If you have read my writing or looked at my recipes enough, you know that one of my staple food principles is to make protein the base of your meal. This is usually chicken, fish, beef, or eggs, and it is the backbone, the most delicious part, of the meal.
I have go-to seasonings and spices to make the meal truly feast worthy, because life is too short to eat bland food. For red meat, I use McCormick’s Grill Master Montreal Steak blend. In any kind of boil or stew, I use bay leaves. On almost all else, I use Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends (either Poultry Magic or Seafood Magic). Finally, I end up topping nearly everything with either Tony Chachere’s or Zatarain’s. Seriously, almost everything. Scrambled eggs, potatoes, vegetables.
Below are some recipe ideas for building a meal from a healthy protein base. Feel free to season liberally.
This grilled venison fajita recipe is delicious and healthy. Give this a try to add variety to your regular meals.
Spice up your foods with these seasonings. Lemons and garlic, bay leaves, and interesting salts and peppers make meals more fun.
Smoked chicken and green beans is one of my favorite simple and healthy meals. It provides protein and veggies. Full recipe here.
This 1 pan chicken and vegetable dish is simplicity in a delicious meal. It requires a few minutes of prep, but cooks in one easy step. Read on for the full recipe and ingredients list.
Try Texas trout with this healthy recipe. This was prepared on a cedar plank on the grill with veggies and hummus sides.
How to meal prep for a week; chicken, steak, shrimp and sides in this comprehensive how to by Austin personal trainer Kathryn Alexander.
This is my favorite shake recipe, adapted from Vince Gironda’s raw egg shake. Read on for the easy smoothie recipe.
Can steak on the stovetop be as good as steak on the grill? I put a recipe to the test to see which of the two cooking methods stacked up.
Super Bowl snack recipes: great party snacks that can be easily modified into a lighter version that’s just as delicious.
This salmon and broccoli recipe is a go to for me! 3 main ingredients make it easy and healthy. Follow along for a new go to meal!
What are your go-to recipes and spices? Mine have a decidedly Louisiana flair so I’d love to hear about yours!
About the author
Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.