Dedicating yourself to feeding yourself and your family a healthier diet means investing time into the planning, buying and preparation of meals. If you are saying to yourself “I don’t have the time”, then ask yourself “do you have time to sit in a drive-through line?”. If you do, then you have time to cook for your family.
Some of the quick meals may not fall into the healthiest eating categories, but consider and compare them with fast food options. Some of the meals your feed your family from a sack include more than 60 grams of fat per serving.
This quick twist on tacos eliminates chips and shells for less fat and salt.
1 lb Lean ground beef or turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
Shredded colby cheese
Tomato, lettuce, black olives, taco sauce, sour cream
- Brown beef or turkey in a large frying pan with a lid. Drain off fat.
- Add a packet of taco seasoning and recommended amount of water. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Spread the meat evenly across the pan and add cheese over the top. Put on the lid and let the cheese melt.
- Put shredded lettuce in the bottom of a bowl (cereal bowls work well)
- Spoon meat and cheese into the bowl onto the lettuce. Top with chopped tomatoe, black olives and a small amount of sour cream and taco sauce.
- Eat up.
Note: Let the kids make their own bowls.
Beef & Broccoli
This quickie has an Asian twist your family will love without the high fat content
Strip or chuck steak cut into strips
Garlic powder, salt
Marinate beef strips in 2 Tablespoons of Teryiaki sauce the night before. Cut a strip or chuck steak into strips and put in a plastic storage bag. Add the Teryiaki sauce and shake the sealed bag. Put in the refrigerator overnight. (put it on the dinner list so you do not forget)
- When you get home, add a small amount of olive oil to a frying pan with a lid and turn to medium-high heat.
- Brown the marinated beef with the lid on the pan.
- Once the meat is brown on both sides, put approximately a handful of frozen broccoli pieces per person in the center of the frying pan. (push the meat to the outer edges)
- Sprinkle garlic powder and salt over the meat and the vegetable.
- Put on the lid and let cook for a few minutes. Turn the broccoli and stir around the meat.
- Once the broccoli is thawed and soft, hit a splash of Teryiaki sauce over the entire pan and let cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Serve by itself, or make some instant brown rice to go under the meal.