My family loves to eat healthy, but we like it to be tasty. There is nothing worse than sitting down to a meal that is not-so-tasty. My husband and I have made a big effort to feed our family tasty and nutritious meals each night and here’s how we do it.
How To Prepare A Tasty And Nutritious Meal For Your Family
Meal planning is a must
I have noticed when we meal plan, meals are so much easier. Meal planning allows you to plan for what you will be making for dinner. Ever since we have been meal planning, life has just been that much easier for us. Especially since we are not going through drive throughs every night because have nothing planned for dinner.
Make it something everyone loves
My husband and I sat down to create meals that everyone loves. I dislike fighting with the kids at dinner about what they like or don’t like. My family still tries a new food about once a month. However, we try and stick with foods that we love! This has helped my stress level a ton.
Spend time prepping food when you can
I have noticed that meal prepping takes about an hour each week. This includes chopping up fruits and veggies. I love it because that one hour of prep can literally help dinner go smooth the rest of the week. If you do not currently do meal prep, add this to your weekly routine. It will help you prepare tasty and nutritious meals all week long.
Get creative with cooking
I have noticed one thing while trying to prep tasty and nutritious meals for my family, you can get creative! One source of protein that I like to add to a lot of our meals is turkey. Turkey is a great source of creativity in many of my meals. It can be put on salads, sandwiches, or even as a side dish. Turkey is a light and lean source of protein, which makes it the perfect companion for any meal.
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If you are looking for a new turkey recipe make sure you try this amazing salad recipe.
Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain Salad with Parsley Pesto Dressing
Serves: 6 as a side or 2 as a main
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups farro grains
1 cucumber, diced
2 apples, diced
1 small can navy beans
1 red pepper, diced
¾ cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped kale
2 cups cooked turkey, cut into large chunks
Pesto Parsley Dressing:
2 tbsp pesto sauce
½ cup loosely packed parsley
1 tsp honey
Juice ½ lemon
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the farro according to package instructions.
Season the butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until fork tender. Set aside to cool.
Combine all remaining ingredients.
Toss gently and season with salad dressing.
For Pesto Parsley dressing:
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender, hand blender or mini-chopper and blend.
TIP: You can use turkey breast or turkey thighs for this recipe. If you don’t have cooked turkey on hand, chop fresh turkey into chunks, season with olive oil, salt and pepper, and cook in a frying pan until browned on all sides and cooked through, 8 – 12 minutes.