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Healthy Dinner Recipes for Your Family

Discover the importance of sitting down to a meal with loved ones, along with how to prepare two healthy dinner recipes that will please the entire family!

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Parents and adult figures are in a unique position to educate children about a healthy lifestyle, along with modeling what a nutritious diet entails.

Enjoying family dinners cannot only help them make healthier choices, but lends numerous other benefits for years to come.

Discover the importance of sitting down to a meal with loved ones, along with how to prepare two healthy dinner recipes that will please the entire family!

The Importance of Family Dinners

Though dinner is as important as any other meal, sitting down together to a healthy meal with family is often overlooked.

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 are extremely beneficial.

In fact, the American College of Pediatricians recognizes some of the benefits of the family table include spending time and making memories with family memories, enhance problem solving skills, improving academics, and producing healthier eating patterns. And when younger kids frequently eat dinner with families, they are less likely to be overweight.

Effectively organizing family dinners with these following tips:

• Set a goal to eat dinner together more often, such as aiming for family meals 4 times each week.

• Keep dinners simple to help alleviate any stress.

• Have some or all ingredient prepared to ease the process following a long day.

• Get the entire family involved and cook healthy dinner recipes together, including the two tasty ideas provided below!

• Have the kids assist in setting the table and washing the dishes.

• Cut out television, cellphones, and other technology during dinnertime, as family dinners should be about nurturing and connecting with one another as a family.

• Make it truly enjoyable by creating a peaceful, nonjudgmental environment.

Healthy Dinner Recipes for Your Family

Rather than overcomplicating family dinners, simplify and healthify the process with these dinner recipes!

Beef Stir Fry Recipe With Avocado Salad

This beef stir fry recipe is not only simple to make, but sure to satisfy the entire family. What's more, it is paired with one of the best avocado salad recipes to offer a depth of freshness and extra nutrients.

Ingredients:
12 ounces beef tenderloin, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small poblano, thinly sliced (optional for extra heat)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, diced
¼ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
1/8 cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:
1. In a bowl, combine beef tenderloin with lime juice and chili powder. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet and add sweet onion, red bell pepper, and poblano slices. Sauté for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the beef to the vegetable mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. In another bowl, combine black beans, diced avocado, Cotija cheese crumbles, cilantro, and remaining lime juice and chili powder.
5. Garnish beef and vegetables with any remaining cilantro. Serve aside the avocado salad. Also feel free to serve with steamed broccoli, warm tortillas, quinoa, brown rice, etc.

Chicken BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

This chicken BLT salad recipe boasts with added protein and nutrients for a truly filling dinner. And not to mention, preparing the buttermilk dressing homemade avoids unnecessary and unwanted ingredients often found in most commercial dressings.

Ingredients:
For the Buttermilk Dressing:
1/3 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon of minced garlic
¼ teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Additional Ingredients:
4, 1-inch-thick slices of ciabatta bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups tightly packed, chopped romaine lettuce
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 cups rotisserie chicken, skinless and roughly torn
¼ cup dried cranberries
4 slices lean turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:
1. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush ciabatta bread with olive oil and grill until just toasted, about two minutes per side.
2. Lightly rub garlic clove halves over the surface of each slice. Let the bread cool then cut into 1-inch cubes.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients for buttermilk dressing until smooth.
4. To the buttermilk dressing bowl, add ciabatta bread cubes, chopped romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, rotisserie chicken, and half the bacon crumbles. Toss well.
5. Transfer chicken salad to plates then top each serving with some of the remaining bacon for a delicious, nutrient-rich meal.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on May 16, 2013. Updated on March 15, 2019.

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