Getting healthy doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive. With a little planning and a few meal ideas, you can easily find the time to make nutritious, home-cooked meals that you and your family will love.
Lightly sauté fresh vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, peppers and eggplant and simmer with spaghetti sauce.
Top frozen pizza with extra tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and onions.
Add diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, raisins and pine nuts to quick-cooking brown rice or couscous. Season with a dash of balsamic vinegar.
Add canned and rinsed black-eyed peas, thawed and drained okra, diced tomato and sliced green onion to reduced-sodium tomato soup.
Stir-fry chopped vegetables and serve with rice and beans.
For breakfast, top a cinnamon raisin bagel with light cream cheese and apple slices.
Heat fat-free refried beans in the microwave. Add veggies and salsa and roll the mixture in a tortilla.
Add frozen corn, steamed and diced green and red bell peppers and cilantro to a can of reduced-sodium black bean soup.
Stir-fry cooked rice, chopped vegetables and leftover meat with low-sodium soy sauce.
Add grapes, chopped celery, walnuts and dried cherries or golden raisins to pre-washed salad greens; toss with your favorite low-fat dressing.
In the morning, place chicken, vegetables, broth and spices to your liking into the Crockpot to come home to a wonderful stew that evening.
Top a baked potato with nonfat yogurt, barbeque sauce, low-fat cottage cheese, chives, sautéed onions and vegetables or chili for a super spud! Add canned or fresh fruit to muffins, quick breads, pancake batter, or cold cereal.
Puree fruit and top your pancakes, waffles, oatmeal or roasted chicken.
Marinate raw or cooked veggies in a non-fat Italian dressing for a quick, cold salad.
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