As part of the Your Shape Challenge I was challenged to make a healthy dinner. We have covered healthy snacking in the past, so I dove right into the challenge!
I typically plan my meals for about a week, but I try to be flexible since occasionally something pops up that makes it difficult to cook a big meal. My meal plan usually includes 3-4 nights of traditional meals, a night of something fun and easy (like brinner), and 2 nights where we usually eat leftovers or clean out the fridge.
Our healthy dinner menu included:
Skillet Chicken: I used some chicken breasts I had frozen for this recipe. Melt small pat of butter or heat up about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add chicken (if not frozen you can salt, pepper, and spice it, but frozen I wait until it’s thawed a bit), I spice it simply since the kids like that. Garlic salt, pepper, and a dash of poultry seasoning. Cook until it is the browned on the outside making sure to check the internal temperature.
Steamed Broccoli: simply steam it until bright green, add a small amount of butter and salt and pepper to taste.
Salad: My kids LOVE salad. We eat it with almost every dinner. Tonight I served the salad with chopped carrots and celery.
Potato Wedges: Potatoes get a bad wrap. These were frozen potato wedges I found at Walmart with only a few ingredients. IF I had more time I would have made them by hand, but I was busy this evening.
Fruit salad: If there is one thing my family can never get enough of it’s fruit. This salad contained frozen pineapple, frozen organic strawberries, mangoes, and oranges. I like to mix fresh with frozen when it’s warm out. You could even serve this as dessert!
Water: We always serve water or milk for drinks. Everyone gets a cup of water, because there is no healthier beverage choice! Occasionally we serve it with lemon (which we call lemonade), but since my kids started off drinking water at a young age, it’s normal for them. I try not to keep fruit juice in the house since it would be everyone’s first choice otherwise. It’s more of a special treat.
You may notice the meal is a bit plain. I serve it that way and everyone can add what they want to it. For instance 3 of the kids love ketchup and will use it for everything (almost). I made a salad with the salad, chicken on top, and broccoli and fruit on the side. The kids all get a little of each thing to try. Sometimes it’s a struggle to get them to eat certain foods, but usually a dip in the ketchup does the trick.
What are some of your favorite healthy meals?
Disclosure: Collective Bias provided me with a gift card to cover the costs of groceries which immediately got eaten.