Barely got enough time to cook dinner? Instead of making a quick turn to the drive-thru or ordering takeout, consider preparing a healthy, scrumptious and tasty dish that the whole family will enjoy. After all, a delicious meal does not need to be complicated to prepare. With just a few, but highly nutritious ingredients, you can come up with a hearty home-cooked meal for dinner. What’s more, even if you just got home from the office with little time to prepare a meal, these easy recipes should not take several minutes to make. So, gather your ingredients, set up the pan and stove, and get started cooking for a fantastic dinner!
Quinoa with Lentils and Veggies
An excellent alternative to rice, quinoa is a powerhouse when it comes to its massive nutritive value. In fact, a cup of cooked quinoa should give you 7 grams of protein, 32 grams of carbs, 2.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and LOADS of other essential nutrients including magnesium, zinc, folate, iron, vitamin B6 and calcium. As for lentils, it is another outstanding protein and fiber source, which support strong muscles and good digestion.
To prepare, boil 2 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Then, chop some carrots, asparagus, squash, sweet potato, button mushroom, and some parsley. Once the water starts to boil, toss in all the ingredients including a cup of quinoa and lentils. Add a dash of turmeric, sea salt and some cayenne pepper to give this dish a savory taste and aroma. Before serving, pop about 4 tablespoons of butter or ghee, mix it well, and voila – you have a nutritious and tasty dinner that takes less than 20 minutes to make!
Gluten-Free Pasta with a Twist
Are your kids obsessed with pasta? Well, give them something new and unique by preparing gluten-free pasta that’s packed with nutrients to support their proper growth and development. Boil gluten-free spaghetti noodles or fusilli (usually made of brown rice, quinoa or corn). Then, drain the water, add about 3 tablespoons of butter and mix in organic marinara sauce.
Toss in some chopped button mushrooms, steamed asparagus, black olives, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Top with grated dairy-free cheese and serve hot. If you want an oil-based pasta, you can replace marinara sauce with ghee or olive oil, slice some green jalapenos (for some spice) and sprinkle pine nuts for an interesting taste. These recipes should take about 20 minutes to cook.
Dinnertime Made Fun
See, a nutritious dinner does not need to be laborious and time-consuming to make. These kid-friendly recipes are easy to prepare, and should take under 30 minutes to cook. Most importantly, these are loaded with nutrients, free from preservatives and additives, and delectable. So, have a great time making these meals and watch your kids clean up their plate with delight during dinnertime after munching on these amazing dishes.