Easy Dinners for Nights with little time to cook
With FOOTBALL season in full bloom, here in southern California, it means family dinners are now on the back burner, after school, or very late at night. As a mother I feel it is my duty to make my kids a nutritious meal regardless of the busyness. Kellie, Mary and I are three women with eight kids between us. ALL of the kids are involved in one activity or another. We wanted to share six meals, YOU can put together, with little time, few ingredients, and high nutritional content. These are 6 of the top selections at my house!
#1 FAVORITE at my house: Chicken Meatloaf. I grind one pound of chicken breast in a food processor, and add it to a bowl. I process 4cups of spinach until it is ground into almost a paste, and add it to the meat. Add ½ cup of white onions, ½ cup celery, ½cup shredded carrots, ½ cup ground oats, 3egg whites, 1tbs cumin, 1tsp paprika, and 1tbs Mrs. Dash (any flavor works.) I mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make it into the shape of a loaf. Add this to the crock-pot and top it with low sugar ketchup or low sugar BBQ sauce, and cook on low 4-6 hours.
#2 Favorite: Spaghetti Made with Brown Rice Noodles 1bs ground chicken, turkey or beef browned and drained of excess fat. For the sauce: 10-15 fresh tomatoes chopped and diced, one small onion, 1 cup fresh basil chopped and diced, 1Tbs fresh garlic, 1 cup spinach chopped, 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper, and one packet of stevia. I heat all of the above ingredients in a pan, or crock –pot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, add brown- rice noodles for a lower glycemic index!
#3: Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore 5 boneless skinless chicken breast, 1jar low sugar marinara sauce (sauce used for spaghetti can be substituted) 1 can tomato sauce, 1tsp garlic, 2cups spinach chopped finely, 1green bell pepper diced, 1small onion diced, 1red bell pepper diced, 1Tbs basil,and one carrot shredded. Place all ingredients in a crock-pot and cook on low 6-8 hours
#4: Pan Roasted Lemon Southwest Chicken
5 boneless -skinless chicken breasts marinated in: 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar Juice of 1 lemon, 1Tbs Stevia Roast at 400* on parchment paper, rotating the chicken every 15 minutes until roasted all the way though. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash South West Chipotle.
#5: Jicama, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad 3tbs fresh lime juice, 1garlic clove, 1/2tbs cumin, 2tbs Olive Oil, 2 cups black beans, 1pint cherry tomatoes, 1 small jicama peeled and chopped,1 small red onion chopped,1/3 cilantro, salt and pepper to taste. Blend lime -juice, garlic, cumin, and olive oil together and pour over the iced veggies.
#6 Sweet Potato Fries One large sweet potato or yam, sliced thin. In a bowl, combine Yam, 1Tbs Cumin, 1Tbs chili Powder, one packet of stevia, (and) 1tbs olive oil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place single layer slices. Bake at 400* turning every 15 minutes. May be served with low- sugar ketchup.
*I try and hide any and all veggies in my food, the kids do not know the difference and it adds to the nutritional content of each meal. Regardless of how busy I am, my family can eat well. All of the photos were found on Pinterest, and simulate the recipes above, I did not take them with my own camera.