Healthy dinner ideas needn’t be skimpy. And they needn’t taste like the epitome of healthfulness. Rather, the following ideas for healthy dinners will keep your family satisfied and smacking their lips while patting their ever-thinning waistlines. Find out some of my favorite healthy and inexpensive dinners in this article!
One of my family’s favorite meals ever is chicken fajitas. These are easy and quick to prepare, especially if you already have homemade spelt tortillas on hand. The procedure is simple: you simply marinate the chicken, fry up in just a couple tablespoons of oil, and shred. Top with your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and a sprinkling of cheese for a delicious and healthy dinner.
How about a bit of Italian? Penne arrabiata is sure to keep everyone on their toes and feeling satisfied. To make a simple sauce for whole-wheat penne, saute a couple cloves of chopped garlic in the juice from a can of crushed tomatoes. Once the garlic is soft, add two cans of the crushed tomatoes and let simmer until it is reduced and thickened. Add a bit of sea salt, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, and a few slivers of fresh basil leaf and you have a sauce that is tasty and inexpensive all ready for a satisfying meal.
Sometimes you just can’t get away from the craving for a boxed dinner. You still want the health, but the quick-fix dinner box is still calling from the pantry after a long and tiring day. In this case, reach for the purple boxes of Annie’s white cheddar and shells mac ‘n’ cheese. This particular brand of macaroni is very tasty. In addition, it is made of organic ingredients and no preservatives, allowing your family to savor fantastic taste without all the by-products of most boxed dinners. If you wish to add veggies to the meal, you can always add a cup of frozen peas, a head of broccoli already steamed and cut up, or a bag of frozen veggies. If your family eats hot dogs, you could also add some cut-up dogs to the dish for a complete meal.
Lastly, homemade fried rice is an easy way to get a filling meal with plenty of taste. You can make this meal a healthy one by using brown rice instead of white, by limiting the amount of oil you fry the rice in, and by including only a little soy sauce and plenty of vegetables. Again, this is a filling meal that will leave your entire family happy for the night.
Ideas for healthy dinners abound. In today’s society, you can pretty much count any homemade meal as a healthy dinner because most meals come as prepackaged from the store. Almost any homemade meal is healthier than eating out. The question is how to use healthy idea dinners on the family without breaking the bank. These ideas should give you a head start to your quest for a healthy meal plan for the entire family.