Healthy Main Dishes


Main dishes are usually the most important and largest meal of the day; and the pinnacle of a dinner party. If you are on Gaps, Paleo, SCD, IBS or other healthy diet, it is particularly important to eat healthy main meals. Find healthy main dishes recipes for Gaps, Paleo, SCD, IBS or other healthy diets with photos and helpful tips.

When you have health problems or follow healthy diets, going out becomes very difficult because of food restrictions. A good way to continue to socialize with your friends and family is to cook dinners and lunches for everyone yourself. Here are some of the healthy main dishes which my family and I really like and cook regularly.

15 minute healthy main dishes are my favourite and a very practical lunch and dinner option.

There are lighter meal recipes which will work for someone who is not a big eater:

Scallops with Zucchini pancakes

Omelette with Mushrooms and Veg

Rainbow Trout with Swiss Chard and Pumpkin Mash

Salmon with Steamed Veg and Spinach

Rainbow Trout with Steamed Veg

For people who like meat I will recommend my husband’s favourites:

Lamb chops with Veg Salad and Roast Veg

Lamb neck with Zucchini pancakes and Greek Salad

Chicken butterfly with Spinach, Tomatoes and Herbs 

Steak with Mushrooms, Cheese and Fresh Veg Salad

Casseroles are superb main dishes, delicious, offering very good

value for money and time. It may also be frozen and reheated easily.

Cottage pie is one of my favourite main dishes. I really like the original cottage pie, but now I have to avoid eating potatoes, which is why I have made 2 healthy variations of it. It may also be easily frozen and reheated when you need it.

National cuisine main dishes are usually filling, hearty and very tasty.

Cabbage is the main ingredient in almost all of Russia’s national main dishes.

“Golubzi” is mincemeat inside a cabbage leave; a great, healthy, good value for money dish. It may also be frozen and reheated easily. It can be served with tomato sauce or crème fraiche.

Russian style cabbage with pork escalopes is one of my husband’s favourite dishes of all time. It is an excitingy versatile dish. You also can make with cabbage with fish, mince, chicken, mushrooms, and eggs or with any leftover meat in the house. It is also possible to use it as a filling for pies and hot healthy sandwiches.

Pork slowly cooked in the oven French style

“Zrazi” it is usually stuffed mince cutlets with vegetables, mushrooms and cheese inside.

We really like my sister-in-law’s Moussaka with Briam (Greek Roast Vegetables); I was surprised to find out that she has never used flour or potatoes in it at all!!! She used these recipes even before we started to be concerned about wheat, grain, starch etc

Cholodez is a famous Russian cold meat dish. This is a very filling and tasty recipe and extremely beneficial for our bones and joints. It is made from cheap cuts of meat and very easy to cook.

Meat main dishes are delicious, filling and full of good nutrition. So dear loved by many of my family.

Roast Chicken

Roast leg of lamb

Burgers with Fried Vegetables

Chicken Breast with Tomatoes

Roast Chicken with Mushrooms, Cheese, and Tomatoes served with Roast Vegetables

Roast Chicken with Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Spinach

Roast Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce

Chicken with Cheese Leek and Onion Sauce

Chicken with Spicy Coconut sauce

Chicken Mince Cutlet with Aubergines, Pepper and Onion

Chicken Mince Cutlet with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Chicken Mince Cutlet with Fried Vegetables and Spinach

Chicken Mince Cutlet with Butternut Squash Mash, Broccoli and Spinach

Pork Escallops with Roast Vegetables

Liver with Sweet Potatoes and Fermented Cabbage

Vegetarian main dishes I used to cook and eat during the fasting period when I lived in Russia. Nowadays, I am on a diet where I have to eat every 3 hours and have healthy fat, fish or meat, and non-starchy vegetables to keep my blood sugar level low.

These recipes were inspired by my mum who is still fasting regularly, and some other very nice people I know who are vegetarians. Fasting is much more restrictive than vegetarianism; it does not allow eggs at any time, and on some days, and not even oil or butter. Therefore, many recipes will be good for vegetarians and I will give tips how to adapt them for people who are fasting.

Zucchini and Carrot pie

Aubergine stew “Baklazchanovaja ikra”

Beetroot stew “Svekolnik”  

Fish main dishes are light, tasty, and most of them are quick to make. Huge varieties of fish and sea food allow us to make many different healthy fish main courses.

Salmon with Tomato and Onion Sauce

Rainbow Trout with Pumpkin mash and Spinach

Whole Forele with Butternut Squash mash and Spinach

Tuna with Butternut Squash mash and Swiss Chard

Stuffed Calamari with Mushrooms and Mayonnaise

Stuffed vegetables are a great option for healthy main dishes and really good value for money and time. They may also be frozen and reheated easily. I mainly use mince to stuff the vegetables, but sometimes I make them vegetarian and serve as a side dish or a starter.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Aubergines

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Tomatoes

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