Healthy Dinner Recipes for Quality Family Time
Dinner is just as important as any meal, but family dinners are often overlooked. Mothers scour cookbooks for healthy dinner recipes for their families, but family dinners are a dying trend and sadly, mothers often don’t get to use their healthy recipes at all. After-school activities, late workdays and long commutes greatly impact a family’s ability to come together for a family dinner, yet studies show they’re extremely beneficial.
Those healthy dinner recipes would have paid off because studies show that when families dine together, they tend to eat more vegetables and fruits—as well as fewer friend foods, soda and foods that contain gross trans fats. Also, when younger kids frequently—and the key word is frequently—eat dinner with their families, they are less likely to be overweight.
Statistics show that one-in-five children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight. One-in-five is not a joke.
Here are some tips for effectively organizing family dinners
This can be a daunting task, but there is hope, mothers, if you’ve desperately been trying to use those healthy dinner recipes for your family.
- Set a goal
- Don’t stress yourself out. Keep it simple
- Have ingredients already prepared
- Get the family involved. Cook healthy dinner recipes together
- Avoid portion distortion
- Set the mood
- Make it enjoyable
Also, try cutting out TV and cell phones during dinnertime. Family dinners should be about nurturing and connecting with one another as a family. Not nurturing and connecting with your technology.
The healthy dinner recipes you’ve been waiting for
We started out this article talking about healthy dinner recipes so here are some delicious, healthy recipes for you to try at home:
Beef Stir-Fry with Avocado Salad: In a bowl, combine 12 ounces of beef tenderloin cut into thin strips, two tablespoons of lime juice and one tablespoon of chili powder. Set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet and add one medium, thinly sliced sweet onion; one thinly sliced red bell pepper; and one thinly sliced poblano. Sauté for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beef and marinade to the vegetables and then cook for 3-4 minutes. Next, season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine one can of rinsed and drained black beans; one diced avocado; ¼ cup of crumbled Cojita cheese; ¼ cup of chopped cilantro; and the remaining lime juice and chili powder. Finally, garnish beef and vegetables with the remaining cilantro and serve with avocado salad and warmed tortillas, if desired.
Chicken BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing: Cook four slices of lean turkey bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and beginning to crisp, for about six minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain the bacon slices. Crumble into large pieces. Next, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brush four 1-inch-thick slices of ciabatta bread with the olive oil and grill until just toasted, about two minutes per side. Lightly rub two cut garlic clove halves over the surface of each slice. Let the bread cool, and then cut into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of well shaken buttermilk; two tablespoons of light mayonnaise; two tablespoons of cider vinegar; ¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard; ¼ teaspoon of minced garlic; ¼ teaspoon of salt; 1/8 teaspoon of sugar; and 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Add four cups of tightly packed chopped romaine lettuce; one pint of halved grape tomatoes; two cups of roughly torn rotisserie chicken with the skin removed; croutons; and half of the bacon. Toss well. Transfer to plates and top each serving with some of the remaining bacon for a delicious meal.
We also have a lot of tasty, healthy entrees to choose from in our diet food delivery program. If you’re interested, you’ll first choose the men or women’s program. Next, you’ll have to figure out if you want five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy and tasty entrees delivered right to your door. The two programs range from $130-$160 and tasty snacks are an additional option. One snack only costs $1.50 and the number of snacks you receive per day is based on your gender. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.