I have a few go-to recipes that I use. I make a spaghetti bolognaise with lean mince and grated carrot. I add some peas and other small diced vegetables. The mince hides the veg and my 3 year old LOVES it. I use wholewheat pasta as well. Another variation is I use the exact same mince and make a lasagna out of it. I like that I can freeze it into portions and pull it out when I need a quick meal :)
I also make a salad up once a week (you can google the best way to make salad last but I find the container to be important and make sure the lettuce is very dry before putting it in) and then we have either tuna, or some kind of fresh fish with the salad. Another night we will have a steak with the salad and it also doubles as healthy lunches. Sometimes I add a baked potato to the meal.
Another easy meal I do is a single pot roast. I put in a whole chicken and vegetables into a pot in the oven and serve when it's done.
I also make a vegetable soup with lentils and any spare veg I have sitting in the house. Boiled up in water and vegetable stock and then blitzed down to make a really healthy (and freezable) soup.
To be honest, I have actually found that by making simple cooking swaps (like baking instead of frying), you can pretty much eat anything you want and it will still be fairly healthy. I have managed to cut out most oil (in fact I only use olive oil now) and all butter out of my cooking.
I hope this helps a bit :)
current weight: 134.0
Fitness Minutes: (800) Posts: 68 6/26/11 6:46 P
I make tuna casserole at least once a week. I used the low sodium cream of mushroom soup, tuna canned in water, skim milk, cooked pasta, low fat cheese and scoop of frozen veggies (corn, broccoli, or peas) bake and serve! Also, we bake chicken with red potatoes in the oven, and serve with salad and frozen green beans. It takes about 40 mins and my two year old loves it. If you go onto the sister site www.babyfit.com they have some great meals for the whole family and they are pretty healthy.
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (475) Posts: 8 6/26/11 9:32 A
Hi, I'm new and I am looking for dinner ideas for my family for the weeknights.. I noticed on sparkrecipes a lot of meals include "diet" like products if you will, but I am not sure if this is suitable for a 2 year old... any ideas for meals for a family that are pleasers I welcome :) thanks greatly appreciated!
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