Healthy Meal Ideas to Serve Your Family

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There will be times when we don’t mind spending an entire hour working in the kitchen. Yet, for most days—when we are tired from work—we just want to collapse on the sofa and eat whatever is in the fridge. It is definitely hard to stay healthy when you can’t even be bothered preparing anything other than the microwaveable Mac n’ Cheese. So for those days when you just want to relax, try these healthy and quick meal ideas that will only take 30 minutes or less to prepare:

  1. Lasagna

When you are in need of a speedy dinner, nothing beats the yummy and homemade lasagna. This one-pot dish has an unbelievably easy recipe that doesn’t require layering, or boiling—nothing!

Main ingredients: Italian sausage links, diced tomatoes, farfalle pasta, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese

Lasagna

  1. Crispy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Salsa Verde

Forget the hours of fussing in the kitchen with this hot dish—that is literally hot! Perfect for last-minute weeknight family meals. Plus, you won’t need a lot of ingredients to assemble the whole meal.

Main ingredients: chicken broth, chicken thighs, bell peppers, roasted garlic-and-olive oil couscous

  1. Balsamic Steak and Salad

The blend of the savory taste of steak and sweetness of fruits makes this easy meal totally memorable. The juicy steak drips with balsamic vinaigrette that matches the sugary taste of the salad made of fresh berries, arugula, feta, and almonds.

Main Ingredients: steak, steak seasoning, strawberries, raspberries, arugula, feta cheese, and almonds

Balsamic Steak and Salad

  1. Vegan Burgers

This meat-free dish is great for those nights when you prefer eating a healthy dinner. This vegan meal is a dream-come-true—your most-craved fast food, and favorite veggies, rolled into one! If you’re a vegan, or planning to become one, this dish is a great for a start.

Main ingredients: sweet potato, beet-root, quinoa, mixed grains, poppy seed buns, avocado

Vegan Burgers

  1. Cauliflower pizza

What to make for dinner? Nah, just order a pizza. Pizza may be one of the tastiest and satisfying meals on earth, but it is packed with tons of calories. Fortunately, you can make your own pizza using a healthy recipe. Simply substitute your regular dough with cauliflower. This is an excellent way to add an extra serving of vegetables, and at the same time, eat your favorite comfort food.

Main ingredients: cauliflower, Italian cheese blend, parsley, egg, garlic, black pepper

Cauliflower pizza
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  1. Skillet Burritos

One thing to keep in mind for an effective meal planning is to throw in international dishes every now and then. This will allow you to experiment in the kitchen, and keep the boredom from kicking in. To satisfy your Mexican craving, try making a skillet burrito. It is served straight from the skillet, so you won’t need to worry about the mess it could make later on.

Main ingredients: ground beef, cumin, paprika, tomatoes, red kidney beans, wheat flour tortillas, Shredded Taco Blend Cheese, olive oil, salt

  1. Ramen Soup

For those chilly, winter days, the warmth and spice of a Ramen soup can be very comforting. This Ramen recipe is a definite must-have in your meal planner. It is filled with super food, and only takes around twenty minutes to prepare. It is so light in the tummy, as it only contains approximately 200 calories per serving.

Main ingredients: mushroom, broccoli, radish, tofu, soya beans, noodles

Ramen Soup

  1. Whole wheat spaghetti with roasted veg

No fuss, low in saturated fat, and packed with veggies—you can never go wrong with this vegan spaghetti. Perfect for family dinners as kids will surely love it. With just 400 calories per serving, you won’t have to worry about feeling bloated afterwards!

Main ingredients: baby aubergines, whole wheat spaghetti, lemons, basil, olive oil, mint

 

 

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