11 Healthy Dinner Recipes

11 Healthy Dinner Recipes

Creating family legacies around the dinner table is fun as well as vital to our communities.

Enjoy encouraging family members to cook at home, eat healthy meals (“healthy” being somewhat subjective depending on lifestyle, allergies, and seasons of life), and enjoy spending time together around the kitchen and dinner table with these healthy dinner recipes.

Healthy Chicken Chili

This meal is delicious, comes together in about 40 minutes or so, making it a perfect weeknight meal or an easy Sunday dinner.  Made with ground chicken, seasoned with traditional chili seasonings as well as some cocoa for a Cincinnati flair, and served over brown rice.

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

With low-fat cheeses, spinach and diced chicken breast, rolled up in lasagna noodles, then baked with some tomato sauce and mozzarella on top, this healthy dinner also satisfies that Italian comfort food craving.

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Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo

While we’re on the pasta bandwagon at the moment, here’s a healthier version of Alfredo sauce served over Fettuccine noodles.  It’s made with cauliflower as the base of the sauce with seasonings, a little cream and broth (and a little Parmesan to keep the flavor true).

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Pan Roasted Asparagus with Sunny Side Up Eggs

Serving up eggs over some pan roasted asparagus for a delicious meal – breakfast any time of day, right?!

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers filled with eggs and black beans, topped off with some cheese, diced tomatoes and sliced avocado for a filling meal that’s quick and easy.

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Italian Pasta Stir-Fry

Dish up some whole wheat linguine with tomatoes, zucchini, onion and seasonings, sprinkled with a little Parmesan before serving.

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Quinoa Turkey Chili

This chili is chock full of ground turkey, vegetables, and seasonings, and takes less than an hour to have ready to serve.  Make a double portion and put some in the freezer for another time.

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Seafood Soup

Chunks of salmon, shrimp and vegetables fill this white wine and tomato base soup; perfect healthy dish for a cool wintry evening.

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Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

Only 4 ingredients are needed for this simple baked chicken dish; enjoy the crunch of a coating made with crushed pecans and panko bread crumbs.

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Orange Spinach Salad with Chicken

Stir-fry chicken pieces with orange juice, honey, and stir-fry sauce and serve over fresh spinach leaves with sliced almonds.

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Nutty Strawberry Chicken Drumsticks

A simple main dish, these chicken drumsticks are browned in the skillet and then baked in a nutty strawberry sauce for a sweet twist.

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Have you been meal planning with the start of the new year?  If so (or if you’re ready to get started), add some of these recipes to this week’s menu, add the ingredients to your shopping list (with one click from the recipe page), and you’ll be set to have an easy week of meals planned for the whole family to enjoy around the dinner table.

Do you have another idea for an easy healthy meal your family enjoys?  We’d love hearing about it in the comments below.


4 Easy Steps to the Best You in the New Year



4 steps to the best you in the new yearBeing the best you in the new year …

Does it sound daunting?  It doesn’t have to be.

Each day we can choose to take simple steps to improve our lives and homes, creating a better legacy for our families (and enjoying the person we are becoming).

The nice thing about little steps is that they can be done with less effort (and usually much less stress) than big steps.

Choose a New Outlook

Whoa! That doesn’t have to be a big step; it’s usually one decision at a time throughout the day.  I have a friend who when faced with a difficult circumstance or decision, often will pause and then with a big smile on her face, lift one foot off the floor and say “Ta-da!” like she’s just had a profound aha moment.  It looks and seems kind of silly – but it changes her outlook, shifts her perspective, and allows her to look at the situation from a more cheerful disposition.

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Take a deep breath, relax and choose the emotion or response to a situation wisely.

Change One Thing

Think about the family dinner for this evening; it’s easy to change up one thing out of the ordinary.  Add a special touch somewhere along the way.

Listen to some fun music while preparing it, add a colorful table runner (nothing fancy – use a scarf, long piece of fabric, or a collection of smaller items to create a runner illusion) or simple centerpiece, use cloth napkins instead of paper, light a candle, or set out fancy plates.

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Just one of these things makes the meal time more enjoyable and creates a conversation starter for the family members.

The same thing can be done with any project, task, engagement or “event” in your day.  Jazz up one moment and enjoy it!

Challenge Yourself

Try something new – it doesn’t have to be big.

· A new recipe

· A different style of clothing

· A new meal planning routine

· A different exercise program

· A new route to work or school

Trying new things broadens our horizons, makes us open to new things, and helps us enjoy getting out of the ruts we make for ourselves with daily routines sometimes.

Cheer for Somebody

Be a cheerleader for somebody today.  Think about someone and encourage them by sending a quick message (even a text or a sticky note on their mirror).  Smile at the checkout person, greet co-workers and family members with a high five or friendly word; take a moment to let someone else know that you’re pulling for them.

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It’s an amazing feeling – one that will encourage others and inspire you to do the same for another person each day.

Which baby step will you choose to start out with today? Leave us a note and let us know what you think!

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