Food · Healthy Living

What’s for Dinner?

Planning what to cook for dinner can be so frustrating especially when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

My rule of thumb is to try to cook meals that are easy and with ingredients that are fresh!

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Here are some easy, quick and healthy meals you can plan for your family  this week to enjoy!

  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos (Crockpot dinners are my favorite because I can throw the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning before work and not have to worry about a lot of prep time in the evening!)
    • Ingredients:
      • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
        1 cup Mexican chili sauce (like Cholula or Valentina)
        2 cups salsa
        2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  2. Lemon Garlic [Shrimp] Pasta (This has been one of our favorite meals recently! My son loves shrimp, so we substituted the chicken for shrimp.)
    • Ingredients:
      • 3-4 Chicken breast cut into 1″ cubes
        8oz linguine (half a 1lbs box)
        1 cup loose leaf parsley (fresh and not chopped)
        1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes (quartered)
        1 clove garlic (grated)
        3 tbs olive oil
        1 Lemon (juiced)
        salt/pepper to taste
        grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  3. Chicken Penne Casserole with corn and zucchini  (Pasta is our favorite. Make sure to watch your portions!!)
    • Ingredients:
      • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained (can substitute with regular penne pasta)
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      • ⅔ cup white whole wheat flour (can substitute with all-purpose flour)
      • 3 cups chicken broth
      • 1 cup 1% milk
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme)
      • 9 ounces (about 1 ½ cups) cooked, diced chicken
      • 1 zucchini, diced into very small pieces
      • Kernels from 2 ears of fresh corn (about 1 ½ cups), or you can substitute with frozen corn kernels
      • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
      • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  4. Parmesan Roasted Carrots (I paired this yummy side with meatloaf and salad or you can also do any type of chicken dish)
    • Ingredients:
      • 8-10 carrots, peeled
      • 2 Tbsp butter, melted (I used olive oil to make it healthier)
      • 2 tsp garlic, minced
      • 4 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
      • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  5.  BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza (We LOVE pizza! This one is so good and easy to make)
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Flatout ProteinUP CORE 12 Flatbreads
      • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
      • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
      • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
      • 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, torn into pieces
      • 1 tablespoon red onion
      • 1 tablespoon cilantro
      • non-stick baking spray

I hope your family enjoys these healthy meal ideas as much as my family does!

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