How To Find Healthy Dinner Recipes

When I’m looking for information about something I just type the word or phrase into Google and I can usually find what I’m looking for in the first couple of pages of results. When I typed in “Healthy Dinner Recipes” I was overwhelmed. There were lots of results of course, so I clicked on the first one and got a list of dishes:

Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast, Candies & Treats, Entrées, Healthy Cookies, Cakes & Bakes ….Wraps, Sandwiches & Burgers.

The word ‘dinner’ doesn’t even appear, and on checking out some of the meals, they didn’t even appear that healthy to me. The next site I tried was actually better, although I had to scan a lot of recipes to find something that appealed to me.

Criteria for a healthy recipe

If you’re like me, time is precious so I have to find what I need fairly quickly. Unfortunately when it comes to finding ideas for healthy dinner recipes you still have to do a lot of looking. I try to scan the recipe and screen out ones that don’t meet my basic criteria for a healthy dinner meal. Here are the things I look for when selecting a suitable dinner recipe:

– a generous portion of mixed vegetables

– a source of protein such as lean meat, fish or beans

– a source of carbohydrates like potatoes or brown rice.

Whole wheat bread, whole grain rice and whole-wheat pasta are healthier choices than the white varieties. A green salad always makes a healthy choice.

If you are a vegetarian it’s much easier to find a healthy recipe. The thing to look for though is an adequate source of protein. Soybeans are a good alternative to meat but should be consumed in moderation. The Harvard School of Public health has a good article on protein on their web page. (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/protein.html).

Other Sources

So, where else can you find healthy food recipes? Another good online source is Amazon.com. If you search on the keyword ‘healthy dinner recipes’ you will find a lot of books listed, (of course this isn’t going to help you get dinner ready this evening!). The only thing to be aware of is that a lot of these books are focused around weight loss diets, which are not necessarily good for you in the long run. Nevertheless Amazon is a good source of information.

If you have children it’s especially difficult to find recipes that are nutritious and appeal to them. This problem is worse if you are trying to change the eating habits of the family. The CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/nutrition_for_everyone/quick_tips/healthy_children.htm) has some good information about preparing healthy dinners for children.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there is a ton of information out there but trying to zero in on the best healthy dinner recipes for you and your family is going to take time. You also have to be prepared to make a lot of changes until you find something that works for everyone. I used to joke about our kids’ reaction to some of my dishes (Lima bean soup comes to mind) – if they don’t like it, it must be good for you!

Seriously though, there are lots of good healthy dinner recipes available that everyone will love. You just need to be able to spend the time to find them, and experiment a little in the kitchen.

Easy Dinner Recipes to Give Your Family the Meals They Deserve

Easy dinner recipes really are lifesavers! If you are anything like me, after a tough day at work you do not have the energy or the inclination to make something creative. Until about a year ago I had got sick and tired of having to think of something original and exciting for my family to eat. Because I have zero time to think about ingredients, shopping and variety of dishes I became stuck in a rut of making the same few meals week after week.

My family was bored long ago with my cooking and I as much as I hated disappointing them with the same food over and again, I was always too exhausted to do something different. In the end we used to eat out up to 2 times a week spending hundreds of dollars a year on visiting restaurants. Although my family got something they actually enjoyed eating this was costing us way too much. Something had to be done.

Then a lightbulb moment came! A friend of mine had recently bought a book of copycat recipes which solved her what-to-cook? dilemmas. This book contained tens of recipes for the food her family loved to eat in their favourite restaurants.

My family loves the Olive Garden ® and when I tried a couple of the Olive Garden ® recipes out my kids went crazy for them and I was convinced this was the way forward.

Copycat recipes really are easy dinner recipes! Copycat recipes are basically reverse engineered recipes of the dishes you love to eat out. By following these recipes you not only learn how to cook restaurant quality food but you get to recreate some of the nation’s favourite dishes! Think how much your family will love the meals you give them when they are basically the very same dishes they love to eat when they go out. Your easy dinner recipes will mean they have a “treat” meal any night of the week you want.

I now rely on these easy dinner recipes to give my family the food they love and to save hundreds of dollars a year. Read onto the next page to discover how easy dinner recipes can help you give your family the meals they deserve.

Easy Dinner Recipes: How to Make a Fabulous Healthy Meal From Fresh, Whole, Unprocessed Ingredients

Easy dinner recipes don’t have to involve cans, prepackaged foods or a microwave. Let’s put our chef hats on and start thinking outside the box! There is a whole tantalizing world of delicious and easy dinner recipes open to you, that are also fantastically healthy, and I’m going to tell you all about it.

Does a crispy golden chicken breast stuffed with a yummy cilantro cashew pesto sound good to you? How about that same chicken breast smothered with a fat free sun dried tomato sauce and stuffed with tomatoes and fresh basil? Does a cut of velvety steamed salmon on a vibrant bed of fresh greens whet your appetite? How about gluten-free, whole grain pasta with a homemade spaghetti sauce that includes five different fresh vegetables?

All of this is as your fingertips when you truly open your mind to a healthy eating lifestyle.

My easy dinner recipes involve ingredients that can all be obtained from your local grocery store, where you’ll spend almost all of your time in the fresh produce department, amongst all those gorgeous fruits and veggies. When you begin building your easy dinner recipes around abundant use of fresh produce, thus filling your stomach with healthy, life-giving foods, you will naturally cut down on the bad stuff that we all want to eat less of. Over time, your cravings for these foods will become fainter and fainter.

Unless you’re a gourmet cook, you probably don’t want to spend tons of time in the kitchen chopping and dicing and simmering. I am not a gourmet cook. That’s why having a collection of easy dinner recipes up my sleeve that are also super good for me is so important. I want top quality food that makes me feel amazing and energized when I eat it, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing it.

When you start eating real foods (i.e. fresh, whole and unprocessed), you really do open up a whole undiscovered level of flavor. Your taste buds will thank you again and again! The reason all those packaged foods have so many ingredients (most of them unpronounceable chemicals) is because they have to: they don’t have any flavor of their own, so chemists in a lab somewhere insert additives to make them taste like something. They are amazingly good at disguising the tastelessness of fake, dead food.

These fake foods, for so many of us, have robbed real, fresh, whole foods of their rightful place at center stage, and they’ve also robbed us of our health. Let’s toss all those packaged foods in the garbage, where they belong, and start basing our easy dinner recipes around real foods.

Try this: buy a ½ pound of salmon per person, and steam it for five or six minutes, until it’s no longer dark pink in the center. Place the salmon on a bed of fresh mesclun greens, add some diced tomato and a few squeezes of lemon, and you’ve got yourself a meal! If you’re feelings sassy, add some finely chopped scallions. You don’t need salt or anything else. The brief steaming retains all of the natural juicy flavor of the salmon and it will melt like rich velvety butter on your tongue.

Healthy and easy dinner recipes really are as simple as that. I encourage you to try out some easy dinner recipes this week with your family. You’re all going to love it! A healthy eating lifestyle is one of the most rewarding journeys you will ever take, and sharing it with your family is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.