Healthy Meals to Enjoy With Your Family

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Healthy Meals to Enjoy With Your Family

A family meal is one of the most important bonding rituals for loved ones. It’s also a crucial source for wholesome healthy nutrition. Unfortunately, frequencies of family dinners have declined by 33 percent, in the past t 20 years.

So, how do you keep this healthy ritual going?

Through easy-to-prepare healthy meals, which don’t take too much time off your busy schedule. Here are 5 easy but healthy meals you can enjoy with your family:

1. Convenient Chicken Pot Pies

You don’t have to start from scratch to produce a healthy dinner. With this meal, chicken leftovers will do. That should save you several minutes of cooking time.

Within 40 minutes, you’ll be through with it.

And it’s not just a bland chicken pot pie. It’s full of flavor and variety, including egg whites, butter, and reduced-fat milk. And the great thing about chicken is its lower saturated fat compared to most red meat, according to the American Heart association.

2. Tender Sheet Pan Chicken with Potatoes

This is another simple meal: chicken and potatoes roasted in the oven for 90 minutes.Of course, it also has seasoning with spices, onions and tomato. Besides, it comes off the oven super moist and tender.

You can work up an appetite by cracking jokes and laughing with your family, during the short cooking time. And yes, laughter does boost appetite, according to research at Loma Linda University in California, which shows similar hormonal changes to physical exercise.

3. Shrimp and Pasta with Tomato and Spinach

This one-pot dinner is full of variety and cooks in 30 minutes.

It’s as simple as tossing into your pot al dente pasta with spicy grilled shrimps, fresh spinach, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. Just make sure not to overcook the shrimp beforehand; otherwise, they will dry up.

And if you want to make the entire process much easier, you can take advantage of the Blue Apron ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service. They’ll get you all the ingredients you need for your meal in exactly the right proportions.

All you have to do is cook.

4. Fun Wagon Wheel Beef Soup

This is one meal specially designed to please your kids. After all, you can’t have a peaceful family dinner if the kids don’t like your food.

Wagon wheel pasta is sure to make any child fall in love with the food. And the beef soup adds to the excitement (Who doesn’t love meat?) Best of all, it’s a low calorie meal with 223 calories per serving and low saturated fat.

In other words, a fun and healthy meal.

5. One Pan Chicken and Potatoes

Nothing says easy-to-cook like an entire meal in a single skillet.

First, the chicken and potatoes are pan-seared. Then finish them off in a creamy sauce, perfectly combining multiple flavors from: tomato, garlic, spinach, cheese and spices.

As you may have noticed, potatoes tend to feature a lot in the list of healthy meals. That’s no coincidence, since it’s the most popular vegetable in the United States, according to the USDA.

Best of all, you’ll have more than enough time to prepare these delicious meals, even when you get home late. Your kids will definitely think you have super-powers when you whip up a hot, healthy meal within minutes.


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