Healthy Meals | Basics with Babish

Healthy Meals | Basics with Babish

Okay, so my secret ingredient in making healthy food taste good is cashew cream which is simple enough to make, just start with a whole bunch of raw unsalted cashews place them in a large bowl and cover them with water. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours and up to 12. Once that’s done, drain them out and pour them into the jar of a high-powered blender along with just enough water again to cover the cashews. Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes, adding water as necessary until you get a thick creamy cashew cream. This stuff has myriad uses in making healthy dishes creamy and rich. It’s high in fat but it still has about half the fat of mayo and those are good fats ones that are perfectly healthy to eat in moderation as I shall now demonstrate. Let’s start with some very trendy overnight oats in a very trendy mason jar. I’m going to combine 1/2 a cup of old-fashioned rolled oats, a quarter cup of chia seeds, and a quarter cup of our cashew cream diluted with 3/4 of a cup of water to make cashew milk. You can also add things like vanilla extract the artificial sweetener of your choice and a pinch of kosher salt. Close it up give it a shake, and then the overnight oats live up to their name by going into the fridge overnight. Then in the morning you will be greeted with a light sweet flavorful 2-3 servings of a nutritious base to start your day. I like to top this guy off with a few handfuls of the berries of my choice and a little bit of freshly chopped mint and this healthy filling breakfast clocks in at about 366 calories and I personally like it a lot, but it does taste very healthy. How about something that tastes decidedly unhealthy? And for me, that’s a BLT. I’ve got four slices of low fat turkey bacon here which I’m frying up and what looks like a lot of oil, but that helps make the bacon super crispy and it barely absorbs any of it. Now on to making our cashew cream taste a bit more like mayonnaise to a couple tablespoons of the stuff I’m adding little sprinkles each of mustard powder cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder along with the requisite sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Give it a tiny whiskin’ and a taste and we’re off to the races as with the real version, a BLT is only as good as its T so try and find some heirlooms to make sure that it’s packed with flavor. Next up I’m spreading some of our “mayonnaise” on some sprouted whole wheat bread, lightly toasted of course. And then you can use butter lettuce if you want the more traditional version, but I’m using a bit of spinach for a healthy boost, stacking high with the ingredients in the order of your choice. Topping, tooth picking, and slicing in half along the diagonal. Is this as good as a real BLT? Of course not. Is it going to scratch the itch? Absolutely, and it’s gonna do it while only costing you about 357 calories. Now a big tenant of most training diets is to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day and next up, I wanted one absolutely packed with protein. So, gotta go with one of my old favorites: chicken salad, and I’m starting by butterflying three chicken breasts, pressing them betwixt sheets of plastic, and using a meat pounder (or a frying pan if you can’t find yours) Pounding them out to a uniform thinness because when we’re cooking breasts without bones or skin, we want them to cook as quickly as possible which we’re going to do in a pot of not-quite boiling water 185 degrees Fahrenheit to be precise. Adding the breasts is going to lower the temperature so keep the heat on until the temperature comes back up to 185 Kill the heat and try to put the lid on… realize that you put a little bit too much water in there… wonder why you included that in the edit… cover it up and after about 15 minutes your chicken should have reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit internally. This method of poaching chicken poaches it very gently and slowly which prevents it from getting all dry and stringy like chicken breast dropped into boiling water so it is an effective technique whether or not you’re on a diet. Anyway, once these guys have cooled off a little bit, 15 – 20 minutes we’re going to wrap them in plastic wrap and chill them completely for about an hour in the fridge, unless you want to eat your chicken salad warm, which is your prerogative, you weirdo. We’re chopping these up into bite-sized pieces and adding a few tablespoons of our cashew cream, then I’m gonna toss some chopped apples in their, label and all — I’m just kidding don’t do that as well as some finely minced green onions and parsley but this is really where you can customize your chicken salad with whatever fruits, vegetables and herbs you like. I then like to spice my chicken salad with a little bit of curry powder– again this is up to you. You could go sweet, you could go savory, you could go Italian, you could go Mexican. Just make sure these are seasoned with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and you’ve got yourself a ton of protein and healthy fats. This recipe yields 3-4 servings depending on your appetite. I like to serve it over a bed of baby spinach, and it makes for a healthy filling meal with lots of flavor and texture coming in at about 439 calories per serving which might not come as much of a surprise, this looks and tastes pretty healthy. But what about when we need to eat some pasta? Well ya boy’s got a solution for that. First, we’re gonna mise our place a little bit. Or is it place our mise? Either way it doesn’t actually make sense And then we’re gonna peel and devein about a pound of shrimp you can optionally hang on to all the shrimp shells to make some shrimp stock to give your pasta some extra shrimpiness It’s simple enough to saute the shells in a little bit of oil for about a minute and then add 2 cups of water bring that to a simmer and then boil until reduced by about half, leaving you with a nice basic seafood stock which is gonna make a great addition to our pasta. In the cleaned out pan we are sauteing one small finely minced shallot jamming out with all our new-found health and energy adding about a cup of halved cherry tomatoes and our crushed clove of garlic sauteing together for about a minute before adding maybe a half a cup of water to help the tomatoes cook down then it’s time to add maybe a half cup of our shrimp stock and our shrimp spreading them out, so make sure they evenly exposed to the cooking liquid getting rid of any errant shells and then over here in a medium saucepan I’ve got some red lentil pasta. which is super high in fiber and protein while having a very mild flavor that goes super well with the sauce. Flip the shrimp after about 2-3 minutes and let them cook an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side. Express your pain and strength through dance. And then once the pasta is about a minute away from being fully cooked It’s time to add about 1/2 a cup of the pasta water to the saute pan along with the cooked pasta, and let the pasta finish cooking in with the sauce. I’m also adding a little bit of parsley and lemon juice and then tossing it around so the sauce emulsifies and becomes nice and creamy and cohesive. You can tell that it’s pretty much done when it clings to the bottom of the pan like this. We are of course going to season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and then just to kick the creaminess up to 11, a little dollop of our cashew cream which is gonna give the pasta an almost vodka sauce like consistency. Which is just gonna enhance the fact that this is a packed full of flavor. Now this makes two servings and each one will run you about 472 calories and unlike normal pasta, It’s very high in fiber and protein. And there you have it: four meals with a grand total of 1634 calories. Should you eat cashew cream with every meal of every day? No, definitely not. But whenever your diet is missing some of that special something it fills in the gap beautifully. Otherwise, just stick to lean proteins and green vegetables cut out as much sugar as you can and use these recipes as tools in your arsenal of health. If you guys like these healthy basics, I will make more in the future, but for now, it’s back to business as usual with brownies and whiskey up next.

Daniel Yohans

100 thoughts on “Healthy Meals | Basics with Babish

  1. Binging with Babish says:

    What’s your favorite healthy whatever? What kinds of healthy whatevers would you like to see on the next healthy Basics?

  2. Slickllama says:

    Please make this into a series

  3. Ursus Mega says:

    You beautiful man. Cashew creme saved my life.

  4. Alex Chislaru says:

    is that a Daytona on your wrist ?

  5. Joyce Woo says:

    what does Babish not wash his fruits…? noooo

  6. blahniach says:

    Nice, mutated tomato you've got there buddy.

  7. Collette Morton says:

    Dishes with different proteins…chicken, turkey, beef, salmon. Keyword: nutrient dense. Oh and duh healthy carbs, like the pasta in this video

  8. Immanuel says:

    I high key thought I was the only one that did that when I couldn't find the meat pounder

  9. Alex Chaidez says:

    I would love to see more health basics!! that could be part of the basics with babish: Healthy Edition !!

  10. Dominic Herrera Alzate says:


  11. adir mugrabi says:

    i think death is a much better option.
    no offense, but this looks horrid!

  12. Gabriel Gajdoš says:

    what is healthy meal?

  13. Jiho Yoo says:

    Please make more of these videos!!!

  14. tobi jo says:

    if you wash the apple first, you see the brand sticker is still on it

  15. Jan96106 says:

    Low carb or Keto friendly recipes. Absolutely no grains. No starchy vegetables.

  16. Mrs Bulldops says:

    plz make more

  17. Yuvraj Y says:

    Loving this!! Some vegetarian healthy recipes would definitely take it a notch up

  18. Harry says:

    Just flexing that gold watch on us for 7 minutes Babbington

  19. Plumpants says:

    Could u shows us easy recipes for school lunches?

  20. Paul Hernandez says:

    I eat ass. Zero calories per serving

  21. DeAnna Mayes says:

    I love this! So helpful. More please!!! I liked the pasta and chicken salad the most

  22. DeAnna Mayes says:

    Cashews aren’t that expensive. If you have a bulk place you can get only as much as you need. Whole Foods sales a pack for 5.99. Trader Joe’s should be around the same or a dollar cheaper

  23. Katrina Leaver says:

    how long does the cashew cream keep for?

  24. Lynn Bolar says:

    I love the jokes thrown in here and there. Love. BUT CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AWESOME THIS MANS VOICE IS. I'D love to watch any video that has his voice in it. You should definitely narrate much more dude! Go into it full time. It pays good as well 💸💸💸

  25. Ein says:

    am i only the only person that mistake the speech pattern of this guy with you suck at cooking (YSAC)?

  26. Break Time says:

    The sense of humor is amazing.
    Having a bad day? Did you fail all your tests? DO YOU WANNA DIE!?!?!

    Watch dese vids and you get rid of all of your problems Figuratively and temporarily, but it works!

  27. Alice Elizabeth says:

    You can develop an allergy if you eat too many cashews

  28. A R says:

    More healthy basics please

  29. MoodyMuggs says:

    Help! I'm allergic to cashews! What could I use instead?

  30. Kai Hansen says:

    And coming up next in recommended, Whiskey and White Castle with Babish

  31. Exterminatus says:

    So I have a question: If you were trying to make "mayo" from the cashew cream, why not add an acid like vinegar?

  32. Eva Trujillo says:

    yA bOi

  33. KenZo says:


  34. Shazi Gets Sober says:

    Healthy easy gluten-free vegan bread. I haven't gotten the hang of that for some reason. I have already got the hang of bread. My recipe is super simple (flour, salt, sugar, yeast, oil). Sometimes I skip the oil and/or sugar. But when I do this with rye, buckwheat flour/meal, etc. The result isn't quite bread no matter how long it stays in the oven.

  35. Eggs Benny says:

    why cant you just have a normal name like Archibald or Jethroe

  36. Ryan Hartley says:

    Hey I’m sorta new to your channel but I love it so far, especially healthy recipes personally. A few months ago I was diagnosed w type 2 diabetes and have had to change my life and diet completely. I’m always searching for the next thing I want to make or recipes I can have. I know you don’t have to low carb or whatever but you seem to always emphasize while enjoying food, share with friends. I’m cooking for one or two and can save whatever I don’t eat. Maybe you already covered this, I just look all over YouTube and there aren’t as many professional videos as you’ve got and they aren’t as enjoyable or understandable. Hope you are well, enjoying the content so far. You inspire me and remind me of my brother before he moved away.

  37. watchth1ngs says:

    who downticks things like this?

  38. James Daniels says:

    How long does the cashew nut cream last for? After 2 weeks mine had bubbles in, felt fizzy on the tongue and smelt acidic.

  39. KiDLUXO says:

    my man babish with the bussdown

  40. Tom McMorrow says:

    Had to add my to cents here.

    A. Absolutely please make more healthy food videos and B. I second the 'inexpensive meals' idea.

  41. Stay Ranty says:

    No poached chicken looks gross

  42. Shane Beckman says:

    Why is this healthy?? What makes you think calories determine healthiness? What about macros and micros? Please don't be an uninformed chef. You along with a lot of YouTube celebrity chefs are incredibly ignorant to actual Food Science. Please please please stop.

  43. I'm a fuckin rock. says:

    As someone who's on a mission to lose weight, I thank you for this video.
    These meals will go perfectly with my diet, and exercise schedule.

  44. Blkwolf24 says:

    Turkey BLT is really interesting actually
    Thank you always for showing us your stuff.

  45. Dood Bob says:

    2:00 Tiny Wisk!

  46. Turtle Still Turtle says:

    ya boi's got a solution for that

  47. Britannia Thompson says:

    This is my first time watching you and my lord. I've been missing out. Soothing voice and delicious meals. Sign me up

  48. Jordan Beloney says:


  49. Jesse Custer says:

    More healthy stuff dude! Those blts are legendary

  50. sangeetaangelakumar says:

    Oh my gosh!! I totally love you (your content too) !! I mean Love your your v/o, I mean you’re a chef, a fantastic content creator plus got the best sense of humour!! Thank you for making my day!

  51. Nerqalicious says:

    `Cut out as much sugar as you can`
    adds 4 different pure sugar fruits

  52. SLASHER GG says:

    I was thinking this is going to be good but the first thing he takes is nuts the only thing im allergic to

  53. Dinklepuffus says:

    Could you do an ‘allergy episode’ where you show ways to make food similar to things some people are allergic to (e.g. alternatives to cashew cream, peanut butter foods, etc)

  54. daydreamingcase says:

    Please make more healthy basics 😀

  55. Emma Laughland says:

    cries in cashew allergy

  56. RAWisRYAN says:

    Definitely trying the chicken salad one for my grandmother, she loves this local stores tub of it they sell, but she says the chicken pieces are too big for her most time and its like $10 for the smallest size they have. Hopefully she will like this one, of course with a few tweaks with more fruits and veggies she likes.

  57. Gal Ben Yitzhak says:

    I would very much like you to make more of these "healthy" meals

  58. Giorgia says:

    Grande Babish!

  59. Chelsea Dee says:

    I would love too see more healthy meals. With my diet/lifestyle change I’m not eating any grains or dairy and not a lot off meat. Mostly veggies and I fish and eggs so it’s been difficult. If you have some ideas that would be great.

  60. The Player says:

    No one:
    Me at 3 am with my meat: 2:50

  61. ak.98 says:

    For people who don’t want to or can’t use cashew cream, you could just use yogurt, and light sour cream for the savoury dishes (if you find it weird to put yogurt on your sandwich)

  62. Strong Mom says:

    Some great weeknight dinner ideas in this video. thanks

  63. Viktor Ko says:

    Your videos are making me question my choice in career.

  64. Brooke Romaine says:

    Thank u love u

  65. socialdeviant13 says:

    More healthy recipes!!!

  66. Ben Alpers says:

    More healthy basics videos please! And please make a playlist of existing videos that are more healthy too?

  67. Amanda Bentes says:

    can we get healthy recipes that are vegetarian?? 💞

  68. John Citizen says:

    poached chicken is the whitest thing ive ever heard of

  69. MrPerfectius says:

    This seems too complicated, I like my good 'ole dry chicken with flavourless rice!

  70. Victoria Moxley says:

    We made the cashew cream and I used it as a mayo replacement. I mixed in some of the Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s and it was pretty dang good! 😋

  71. Gytis says:

    Basics with babish: Making 18 euro mayo from cashews

  72. Danny T says:

    Yes sir! Healthy Basics is great.. Loaded flavor without loaded love handles will forever be a great one-two punch in the kitchen.

  73. Christian Lemon says:

    I’d love a round two of these

  74. Brian Heckmann says:

    Hey @babish, how long does the cashew cream last? Do you need to refrigerate it after making it?

  75. romalley85 says:

    Love the healthy meal ideas. Would love more of these as you continue on the health journey. Always looking for ways to make the basic lean protein and veggies less…meh… wondering about your feelings about turkey bacon. I mean clearly you eat it, but is there a brand that doesn’t have all the added crap?

  76. TheDreDay81 says:

    Noooooo !! Not apples in chicken salad!!😬😔🙄

  77. Ismaeel Razavi says:

    Loving all this! And 1600 calories total isn't much at all really so there's always space for a sweet treat or 2 depending on calorie allowance!

  78. Bill Kong says:

    Me: What do hipsters eat?
    Babish: Allow me to demonstrate

  79. Bill Kong says:

    Eat a big fat carrot you jokers

  80. Bill Kong says:

    Watching this makes me mad

  81. The_Light_skin_King !! says:

    I remember the first time watching this but I always wondered how long can you keep this in the fridge or out and how many carbs are in and when you make the cashew cream

  82. Mike Coffin says:

    Screw brownies and whiskey, I want brownies WITH whiskey!!!

  83. Brandon T. says:

    "Is it as good a real BLT? Of Course not!" I've never said this to any Chef on YT, but Babish, I trust you.

  84. Landon Yarborough says:

    Try adding lemon juice and nutritional yeast to your cashew cream for savory recipes 🙂

  85. Landon Yarborough says:

    “Express your pain and strength through dance” why did that speak to me?

  86. Meira Heckman says:

    You use a lot of plastic wrap in your videos. Any recommendations on more sustainable alternatives that would provide the same airtight seal? Thanks!

  87. The Psychic Cell Phones says:

    that tomato looked pretty thicc

  88. Juan Jo TOBAR.N says:


  89. Joshua Pavick says:

    I watch this as I eat a brownie

  90. fuck off says:

    looks so depressing

  91. Patrick Boyle says:

    This guy is a simple boob. He seems to equate fow fat with healthful. I guess he hasn't kept up with medical science.

  92. Jill Byers says:

    More healthy meals!!

  93. David Markowitz says:

    Awesome vid, but why did you add even more oil to the turkey bacon? I don't have much knowledge with turkey bacon since I use pork, so does it have less fat than regular bacon?

  94. micheal cameron says:

    As a chef. I love these meals and love the fact you never lose creativity. Keep them up

  95. Jose R says:

    & thank you

  96. Jordan Alker says:

    Loved this one. I prefer healthy meals with very little wiggle room, usually anything organic or fresh will help do the trick. That cashew cream looks amazing I have to try it, thanks for the content!

  97. Lara Neeley says:

    You should try cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crust!

  98. Stuart Tombros says:


  99. Jonathan Lee says:

    Can I substitute the water for milk would that still work?

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