If you have even just a little bit of time, you can prepare delicious, healthy meals for your family that are absolutely loaded with all of the vitamins and nutrients needed to maintain healthy bodies and minds. There are so many great recipes out there that you are sure to find something that you can easily prepare, even if you don't like to cook, or are not that good at it. When preparing meals for your family, you need to make sure that you are giving them the healthiest foods possible, and when you cook the meals yourself, you can be sure that only the freshest, healthiest ingredients are going into each and every meal.
Experiment While You Cook
If you do like to cook, you probably also like to experiment with new and healthy recipes and probably a few that aren't so healthy as well. When you create your own meals from healthy recipes, you can make delicious meals that everyone in your family will love to eat, even the most fussiest of eaters, like your kids, who often refuse to eat anything that is good for them. You can even find recipes that have certain foods your kids don't like, but won't even taste when masked with the other ingredients in the recipes.
A lot of the time, many people just don't have the time to sit down and eat a healthy breakfast, especially if it is something that they will have to prepare beforehand. There are all kinds of options for a healthy breakfast that hardly takes any time at all, and if necessary, can even be eaten on the way to work or school. If your kids like cereal, a lot of the fun cereals they love so much are now being made so that they are extremely healthy, and even if there is no time to sit down and eat a bowl of cereal, you can pour dry cereal in a sandwich bag and your kids can munch on it while they are on the bus. You can do the same thing for yourself and this way, you will be getting at least something healthy first thing in the morning.
Or if you really want to make sure that your family has a healthy breakfast, there are things that you can prepare the night before from healthy recipes that make excellent breakfast foods. Cinnamon rolls are always a favorite and if you make them using healthy recipes that use whole wheat flour and sugar substitutes, you are giving your family a delicious treat in the morning that is loaded with nutrition. You can make the dough before going to bed at night and then pop them in the oven when you get up in the morning. By the time everyone has had their showers and gotten dressed, there will be a delicious, piping hot breakfast waiting for them, and you didn't have to spend much time preparing it at all.
You probably have even less time to cook a healthy lunch than you do breakfast, considering the fact that most of us only have a one hour or less break for lunch. Again, you can use healthy recipes to prepare your lunches the night before, so that all you have to do is grab your lunch bag and go. Sandwiches are always a great option, because they can be eaten on the go and in a hurry, and you can fill them with all kinds of healthy ingredients. In fact, if you prepare them right, a sandwich can provide you with foods from all four of the basic food groups: bread, meat, dairy, and vegetables. For example, if you have made a turkey or roast beef for your family, make them sandwiches using the meat and add low or non-fat cheese, along with lettuce, tomatoes, and even onions. Of course, you want to make sure that you are using healthy, whole grain bread.
Another great option for a healthy recipe to use for lunches is homemade soup. The next time you make chicken or turkey, save some of the meat for soup. Use a low-sodium soup broth as your liquid, and add potatoes, carrots, celery, turnip, and anything else you may like in soup. Barley is another good thing to add and it is loaded with protein. You can make the soup up at the beginning of the week using healthy recipes for soup, and if you make enough, you and your family can enjoy healthy, delicious hot lunches all week long.
Dinner is a meal that you may have more time to prepare using healthy recipes than the other meals you eat in the day. But even if you don't really have time to cook, you can still make sure that you are giving your family dinners that are healthy and filled with fresh foods. Stews are a great thing to have, especially during the colder months of the year and they are easy to make. You can toss all of the ingredients into a slow cooker, and in a few hours, there will be a hot, healthy meal just waiting for you. And you don't even need to cook the meat before adding it to the slow cooker, as it will cook in the juices you use for the stew. Gather up all of the ingredients the night before, and in the morning, put them all in the slow cooker. You don't need to do anything else but serve it up in bowls when everyone gets home from work or school.
If you want to add a special treat to the meal, use healthy recipes to make tea biscuits, and instead of baking them, throw the dough into the stew for the last half hour of cooking, remembering not to lift the lid at all during this time. You will have delicious dumplings to go with your stew and a meal that is healthy for your entire family.