Dinner Gatherings: 5 Healthy Meals for the Whole Family


Healthy meals begin with healthy recipes. Healthy recipes will have you include more vegetables and fewer sugars and starches in your meal. Here are five healthy meals that would be a good start towards giving your family a healthier lifestyle.

1. Ham and Sweet Potato Hash
Ham and sweet potato hash is a healthy breakfast recipe that’s rich in beta-carotene, potassium, and protein. This recipe requires sweet potatoes, water, olive oil, reduced-sodium ham, leeks, red bell peppers, black pepper, salt, parsley, and eggs.

2. Crunchy Oven-Baked Chicken Chunks
A delicious lunch for the whole family, these oven-baked chicken chunks are a great way to fill up on high-quality healthy proteins. The batter consists of:

  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs cubed chicken breasts

You will also need 1/3 cup flour and 2 beaten eggs. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then the eggs, and then the crunchy breading. Arrange all the chicken pieces on a non-stick baking sheet and bake them on 350F for 15 minutes or until crispy. Serve them with your choice of dipping sauces and a side salad.

3. Raspberry Salmon and Asparagus
For a savory and healthy dinner, dish up this meal that’s full of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. You will need:

  • 24 raspberries
  • 1 tsp Monin sugar-free raspberry syrup
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 4 tsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • splash of red wine
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 skinless salmon filets
  • steamed asparagus

Combine raspberries, orange juice, orange peels, red wine, honey, vinegar, and Monin raspberry syrup in a bowl and stir with a fork. Spray a skillet with the cooking oil and sear the salmon fillets over medium heat for 4 minutes per side. Remove salmon from the skillet and place the raspberry sauce in it. Cook the sauce over medium heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Drizzle raspberry sauce on the salmon fillet and serve with a side of steamed asparagus.

4. Slow-cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
A delicious, hearty soup that will provide spice and nutrients to your family. This soup consists of chicken, diced tomatoes, chiles, black beans, chicken broth, onions, spices, seasonings, tortilla chips, cheese, and cilantro. The completed soup will have only 275 calories, 56 mg of cholesterol, and 364 mg of sodium per serving.

5. Oven-fried Chicken Breasts
This recipe provides your family with the delicious taste of fried chicken with less fat and oil. The breading for the chicken breasts consists of processed salted crackers, corn flakes, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. With a yogurt, egg white, and Dijon mustard drudging mixture, these oven-fried chicken breasts will be a healthy take on a classic comfort food.

As an additional tip, always bake your food instead of frying. If you’re too busy to bake a meal, slow cookers are a wonderful cooking option that requires less supervision. Just be sure to set your slow cooker away from the curious grasp of tiny children for the outside gets very hot and will burn skin severely.

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