Creating healthy dinners can be a struggle during the week. It is so much easier to rely on prepared and processed foods. Unfortunately, if it comes in a package that promises it cooks quickly, it typically means the food contains chemicals and ingredients that are unhealthy. Most people think it takes a long time to cook something healthy. But it really doesn't.
Organic fresh or frozen vegetables do not need a lot of time to cook. In fact, most can be cooked in just 7 minutes. After all, eating vegetables that are cooked yet still crisp allows the vegetables to retain their nutrients. If you overcook vegetables, they lose some levels of nutrients. I know there are some people who need to eat softer vegetables due to other health conditions. I recommend those people to supplement their diet with fresh vegetable juices. By doing so, they can get the additional nutrients from raw fresh vegetables since veggies have to be overcooked.
I love looking for new recipe ideas that are fast and healthy. I sometimes make my own twist on them if I don't have a specific ingredient in the house. I might substitute vegan meat such as Quorn products if it is our meat-less dinner night. Or maybe add in more vegetables when we are having a low-carbohydrate dinner. But if you are not that adventurous, following the recipes as they are written will still be satisfying for your entire family.
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Skillet Sausage and White Beans with Spinach From Valerie's Kitchen. I love this recipe because the sausage used can be really healthy. For example, Applegate Farms sells a sweet Italian chicken sausage that is Non-GMO Project verified. Using this type of sausage in this recipe helps increase the meals health factor. Click here for the recipe.
20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp from Sally's Baking Addiction. Did you know shrimp is healthier than eggs? Most people think that because of the cholesterol content of shrimp they shouldn't eat it. Not true! There was a study done that while the "bad" cholesterol rose by 7% in people who were eating a diet based on shrimp, the "good" cholesterol rose by 12%. Compared that to an egg diet, the "bad" cholesterol rose 10% and the "good" cholesterol rose by 7%. Seems like shrimp is a better choice! Click here for the recipe.
Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta from Cookie & Kate. This is a very timely recipe given my garden is producing squash like crazy! I have cherry tomatoes growing as well but they won't be ready until later this summer. Cooking the tomatoes makes them even more nutritious. Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content. When they are cooked, the lycopene activity is even greater then if they were eaten raw. Lycopene is known for it's ability to help prevent heart disease. Click here for the recipe.
Garlic Roasted Pork Chops from A Sweet Pea Chef. We love garlic in my household. It is so good for you and has anti-inflammatory benefits which may benefit those with arthritis. This recipe is really simple - all you need is 5 minutes to prep the pork chops and the oven does the rest. I would serve this with a rice side dish and broccoli to make a complete meal. Click here for the recipe.
Ground Turkey and Broccoli Stir-fry from Fashionable Foods. Ground turkey is a nice reprieve from chicken. It is very mild in flavor which allows you to really spice things up or not - depending on the flavors your family likes. This is an easy dinner that comes together fast. In 20 minutes, dinner is done and on the table. Click here for the recipe.
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