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Meal Planning: 3 Delicious Dinners

Delicious Dinner 1—Pasta, Peas and a Pile of Fruit

Who said a meal has to be complicated to be healthy and tasty?  Not us! 

Lazy Lasagna

Peas: Feel free to use frozen peas, but avoid using canned peas, please.  Frozen fruit and vegetables are often healthier than even fresh, because they’re picked further along in their ripeness when they pack even more nutrients.  An easy way to fix frozen peas?  Put in them in a microwave safe bowl.  Add a small amount of water, cover and microwave for 3 minutes.  Cool and serve.

Pile of Fruit: Make fruit more appealing by piling it on.  Cut up the fruit your children like, and mound it into piles on a small plate.

Delicious Dinner 2—Breakfast for Dinner

What’s not to like about breakfast food—even if you are eating it for dinner?  This simple dinner works in your protein, and your fruits.

Cheddar Ham Cups

Vanilla Surprise Smoothie

Delicious Dinner 3—Seafood Combo

This dinner combines a very simple shrimp recipe, with two easy sides.

Sauteed Shrimp  (You can serve these over the brown rice!)

Brown Rice: Don’t stop reading!  Brown rice can taste really good and it’s so healthy for you and your kids.  Just measure out 2 ½ cups of water and pour it into a pot.  Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and a teaspoon of salt.  If your kids will eat other spices—rosemary, turmeric, etc., add them!  Bring the water to a boil and add one cup of rice.  Cover and cook on low for 45 minutes.  Turn off the burner and let the pot remain on the stove until you’re ready to serve.

Vegetable of the Week: The next time you’re grocery shopping with your kids, let them choose a vegetable to try.  It can either be fresh or frozen.  Then, when you get home, keep it simple—steam it or boil it.  Then, add a dash of salt and sprinkle some olive oil and cheese on top.  Encourage them to at least try one bite of the veggie they chose.

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