“Eat healthy, be healthy.”
That’s good advice, but it’s also easier said than done. For busy professionals and those with hectic family schedules, staying on-track nutritionally is a tough task. With an endless selection of fast food restaurants and other quick, convenient (yet also calorie-dense) options, sometimes it’s simply easier to hit the drive thru.
Here are ten healthy recipes everyone will love: 8 main dishes, a snack and a dessert. They’re great for individuals, couples or an entire family. Enjoy!
A Nutritious Take on Spaghetti
This baked spaghetti squash recipe features a flavorful butter garlic sauce. Try it with a traditional marinara in another pan for a 2-in-1 dinner.
Lasagna in a slow cooker compares favorably to grandma’s oven-baked masterpiece. Once you have everything in place, the crockpot does all the work! Who said homestyle Italian cooking had to be difficult?
Easy Beef Pot Pie
Nothing quite satisfies like a piping hot pot pie. This surprisingly easy recipe from Pillsbury can feed your entire family, and more – there’s usually leftovers for the next day.
Family-Friendly Shrimp Casserole
Looking to make seafood for the whole family? This creative casserole combines a contrast of textures and plenty of fresh shrimp. For an added bonus, add some crab meat, scallops or other seafood.
Try Some Thai
Here’s a little-known culinary secret: kids love curry, as long as it’s not too hot. Thai food has a “too spicy” stigma, which means most families never experience the wonderfully savory dishes of Southeast Asia. The Cooking Jar has a tasty, nutritious, simple, I’ll-take-seconds-please Panang Chicken Curry recipe that takes about 20-25 minutes of prep time. Just serve with some steamed Basmati rice or some veggies on the side for a complete meal.
Chicken Bacon Bliss
What’s not to like about a recipe with 4 ingredients and minimal prep time? Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken will quickly become a family favorite. It’s so simple, even dad can do it! We recommend hiding additional veggies like carrots, peppers, mushrooms or broccoli in these roll ups to up the nutrition value.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
What would a quick & healthy meal list be without a hearty, satisfying chili recipe? You can turn up the heat as necessary with this recipe by simply adding extra chili powder or even a splash or two of Frank’s RedHot or Tabasco sauce.
Fab Frittata: The Anytime, Anywhere Breakfast
Most families love breakfast any time of the day, and this frittata recipe from superstar TV chef Alton Brown doesn’t disappoint. For picky eaters, swap out the asparagus for potatoes, zucchini or another vegetable.
Snack Recipe: Blueberry Coconut Smoothies
Milkshakes and fruit juices provide plenty of calories, but they’re rarely satisfying. Opt for this healthier snack smoothie instead. You can also add frozen cherries, raspberries or strawberries for added flavor. The coconut milk offers kids natural, healthy, hunger-busting fats.
Dessert Recipe: One Pot Apple Cake
If you’re doing dessert for the family, you might as well add real fruit. Unlike the empty-calorie boxed cake mixes, One Pot Apple Cake has some actual nutritional value – and it’s super easy to make.
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