Simple Ways to Create Healthy Family Dinners

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<p>If you’re at home and wondering what recipes you can cook for your family without spending a lot of money or time in preparation, don’t worry. There are a number of ways to provide healthy family dinners without breaking the bank or expanding waistlines. Take a look at the food network channel and you will find some healthy recipes that can be prepared in little time and mostly within a reasonable budget. The popular show Ten Dollar Dinner is a favorite with working parents looking to stretch their dollar when it comes to making healthy family dinners.</p> <h2>Stay Healthy By Using the Food Groups</h2> <p>Face it, potatoes are very inexpensive but can also be fattening, especially when cooked in oil and topped with sauces or certain condiments. While they can be considered part of the food pyramid, they do not provide the same nutritional value as leafy, dark green vegetables, green beans or squash. Same goes for vegetables that are coated in all-purpose flour or a batter and deep fried in oil. But when it comes to dinner ideas, don’t ignore these as baked potatoes can make for a great deal of sustenance for vegetarian recipes and casseroles. Keep a box of instant mashed potatoes to make shepherd’s pie, seafood cakes or as a side to meat dishes. It is quick and flavors like ranch or roasted garlic are a nice change from butter and sour cream.</p> <p>Mirepoix is the mixture of chopped onions, carrots and celery that can be used in casseroles, soups and stews. Not only is half the prep work already done but this is a very easy way to get the right amount of vegetables in your meals. You can make your own at home and store in the freezer until needed for cooking all recipes that require chopped vegetables.</p> <h2>Healthy Chicken Dinners</h2> <p>What was said earlier about cooking vegetables in batter and oil also applies to chicken. Tasty as fried chicken is, the healthiest way to eat it is baked, broiled or grilled – and skinless. By using marinades, rubs and other spices, not only are you cutting calories and fat but making one of the easiest chicken recipes. To do this you may use a clean, medium-sized plastic bag. Fill halfway with chicken parts and add marinade or rub. Close tightly and shake to ensure even coverage. Let sit in a cool area for at least an hour or for a more intense flavor, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Remove chicken and place in baking dish or on a heated grill.</p> <h2>Family Snacks on the Run</h2> <p>Sometimes the food TV channels have ideas for healthy snacks such as Greek yogurt, sorbet or air-popped popcorn. They also have food creations you may have never thought of when it comes to healthy family dinners as well as meals to eat in-between.</p>