Day after day you are faced with the dreaded task of preparing a dinner for your family. What can be the rough part about it is trying to find an easy meal to prepare that also isn’t boring for your family to eat. You want to satisfy your family with a healthy meal, but they can be a workout to prepare.
The time it takes to prepare some of these meals is something that you just don’t have enough of. So, as many people do, they grab for the frozen dinners. You say to yourself that you wish that there was an easy way to make a meal that wouldn’t take so much time to prepare and also be healthy for the family.
By finding an easy way to prepare healthy foods, by using some new ways of cooking, will change the way and style of eating for your family. When children are young, they are prone to pick up on bad habits and repeat them quite often and they usually carry these bad habits with them into adulthood. That is why it is important to feed your kids healthy foods for meals and snacks.
Eating wholesome foods together as a family, will entice your children to practice eating healthy foods. When your family is dining together, you can explain the importance of eating such foods as proteins, vegetables, grains and dairy products. By educating them about eating unhealthy foods as well, will help them stay away from things like drugs, smoking and alcohol.
Let’s look at some ways where you can make healthy meals on a tight time budget:
How does Lasagna sound? I’ve always heard from people like my mother how hard it was to make lasagna. Anybody that is familiar with lasagna will also say that there is a lot of work involved into creating a meal like this. We all know that lasagna can have a lot of fat and it does have a lot of cheese in it, but it is a meal that can be adapted to wind up being a healthy meal to prepare. It doesn’t have to be labor intensive with all the new products out there such as instant noodles.
Lasagna can be adapted to conform to anyone’s diet. Whether you are looking for something that is suitable for diabetics, or a low fat diet, or you may be watching your carbs, or you could create a vegetarian lasagna. To cut some time off of the preparation, buy some pasta noodles that you don’t have to boil. If you want to add more nutrition to the lasagna, buy whole wheat noodles, also you can take some vegetables like some type of squash or carrots and add them to your meat sauce.
Another idea to make your lasagna nourishing is you can always substitute the ground beef for something like chicken or ground turkey. You can skip making homemade tomato sauce and just pick up some sauce that is already prepared. Look around in your supermarket, they carry a wide range of sauces that you could use.
Here’s a simple chicken dinner that everyone is sure to love. Take some chicken breast that has the skin removed and top it off with some shredded cheese and spread some salsa over the top and then bake. This will be much more healthier than frying or combining the chicken with some sort of sauce.
A healthy, side dish can consist of a nice salad. They sell already cut up lettuce and other vegetables at the market. You may have to pay a little more, but look at the time it will save you. Again, you’re giving your family a nutritious meal and your not choosing something that is convenient and unhealthy such as frozen dinners.
Steaming your vegetables is the healthiest way to cook them. You can either buy a special container that you would use in the microwave or you can take a pyrex casserole container and use that. Put your vegetables into the container and add a couple tablespoons of water and cook on high for about 6 – 7 minutes.
Educating your children about eating healthy and getting them in the habit of doing so, will carry on with them into adulthood and they will even pass this on to their own children. There is no need to have dinner time be a stressful event with all the ways that we can prepare meals quickly and easily.