Healthy Dinner Recipes for Families

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It's hard to live a healthy lifestyle when your family is too picky to eat healthy foods. The best solution is to create delicious and healthy meals that are so good your family won't even realize they're eating a healthy and balanced diet. Preparing a delectable and nutritious dinner can bring your family together and it can inspire you to stick to your diet.


Couscous is a healthy form of pasta that has African origins. The consistency of this food can be eaten with steamed vegetables and a variety of meats. It can also be eaten as a meal on its own. Dice two cups of fresh, organic tomatoes with nine cloves of garlic and half a cup of red onion. Finely grate half a cup of fresh mint, two tablespoons of ginger root and three tablespoons of sage leaf. Combine the grated and chopped ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and put in the refrigerator. Boil two cups of instant couscous until it is tender. Depending on the brand, this can take anywhere from three to twenty minutes. Let the couscous cool to room temperature and mix half a cup of virgin olive oil with a quarter of a cup of malt vinegar. Drop the strained, cooked couscous into the chilled mixing bowl of diced ingredients and toss together as you gradually add the oil and vinegar mixture. Serve as a chilled Summertime meal with grated cheese on top and a side salad and garlic bread. Couscous is a great source of dietary fiber, and a low net carbohydrate count, making it a very healthy source of nutrition.

Tasty Sandwiches

Most people love a good sandwich and it's very easy to turn an ordinary sandwich into a nutritious and enjoyable family dinner. Make a healthy tuna salad using the following ingredients: two cans of Albacore tuna packed in spring water, one cup of chopped white onion, one cup of low fat mayonnaise, half a cup of chopped black olives, half a cup of grated carrot, half a cup of diced tomatoes and five tablespoons of sweet pickle relish. Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and chill for about three hours. Bake a loaf of bread dough, which can be found in most freezer sections at grocery stores, and cut into one inch thick slices. Coat each side of the slices with extra virgin olive oil and spoon a desirable amount of the tuna mixture onto the slices. Grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top of the tuna and bread and then cover with a slice of oil-brushed bread. Broil each side of the sandwich for four minutes on each side and serve with french fried sweet potato strips and cottage cheese with peaches. This healthy and delicious meal can serve as a fun dinner that can be eaten on the patio with your family. Tuna is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which stimulate the brain and the fresh vegetables included with the tuna mix possess nutrients like beta-Carotene and Vitamin A.

Healthy Pasta Dinner

Many Italian dishes are fattening and loaded with carbohydrates, but you can make a healthy Italian dinner the whole family will enjoy. To prepare a healthy marinara sauce you will need the following ingredients: twelve small and deep red tomatoes, one small can of tomato paste, three small white onions, nine cloves of garlic and half a pound of Portabello mushrooms. Blend the ingredients into a puree, and pour into a two quart stockpot. Fry two pounds of ground turkey in a medium skillet until it is done and add it to the sauce. Put the sauce to a simmer and let it cook for two hours, stirring frequently. Bring two pounds of unbleached linguine to a rolling boil until it is tender, and serve it in a bowl with the sauce on top. Eat it with a fresh plate of Swiss chard greens for a healthy boost of dietary fiber and folic acid.

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Writing since 1995, Chelsea Hoffman is featured on Travels, Golflink, Golfsmith, and other venues. The author of "Planet Omega," "The Stranger," and the upcoming "Chloe's Journal," Hoffman devotes her life to writing about a wide range of topics from cooking and gardening to pet and health topics.

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