Skip the pasta, the bread and other foods that the family typically loves for these healthy alternatives they’ll flip for.
This is a meal that the cook will love doing because it’s incredibly easy. Decide on any cut of chicken that will fit into a crockpot. A small hen will do nicely and so will three or four chicken breasts. First, peel and cut up sweet potatoes to place on the bottom of the crockpot. Next, place cut up carrots and any other type of vegetable the family loves in this layer. Add apples to the mix to add a sweet taste. Next, season chicken with garlic powder, salt and paprika. Place chicken on top. Cook on high for four hours or on low for eight hours. The juices from the chicken will help to cook the potatoes and veggies below. Gravy can be made from this mixture as well.
Fish tacos are a favorite for many, but try using wheat baked “frybread”. Frybread has become a traditional food for many Native Americans, and many others enjoy it as a fair food. This healthy alternative provides the flavor and texture of frybread, but it won’t spike insulin levels as the fried form.
To make the dough, use a cup of wheat flour, ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of powdered milk, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and roughly ½ cup of water. Mix the contents together by hand. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle some more flour on it and mix thoroughly. Create tortilla-like discs with the dough. Place oil on a cookie sheet, and place the discs on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
Make the remaining ingredients of the tacos. Make beer batter with 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of beer, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt. Mix the dry ingredients for the batter first, and then, add the beer. Mix well. Dip pieces of fish into this batter and fry.
To make the sauce, mix ½ a cup of plain yogurt, ½ a cup of mayonnaise, 1 juiced lime, 1 jalapeno, 1 teaspoon minced capers, ½ teaspoon of dried oregano, ½ teaspoon of cumin, ½ teaspoon of dill weed and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Top the tacos with pico de gallo or fresh shredded cabbage.
Kabobs are originally Turkish, but many Middle Eastern counties, along with the US, enjoy them. Don’t be afraid to shake things up a little. Marinate pieces of steak and chicken in your favorite marinate. Include shrimp or scallops if your family likes seafood. Keep meat on ice to avoid spoilage. Cut up a variety of fruit and vegetables. For instance, cut up pineapple, bell peppers, onions, mango, cauliflower, squash and potatoes. Allow the family to build their own kabobs. Encourage the family to create as many varieties as they wish to eat. Be sure to nominate a master griller for the meal and cook one by one for each family member so that everyone can steadily eat. Include different dipping sauces. For instance, create a yogurt and garlic dip. Make baba ghanoush from eggplant, and try hummus. To add additional flavor, make or buy different types of chutney to dip the food in.f
Ditch the ground beef, and opt for ground turkey for this classic. Chili is a flavorful dish. When turkey is substituted for beef, no one will notice. Add all your favorites to the chili, or buy a spice mixture from the supermarket. The real fun comes in the toppings that can be added. Some people enjoy tortilla chips while others prefer to skip them. Remember that creating healthy food doesn’t mean you can’t indulge here and there, according to Urban Radish. Try queso fresco as a healthier alternative to cheddar cheese. Mexican cream is also healthier than sour cream. Offer the family a choice of other toppings, like chives or scallions to add to their chili. Fresh avocado or guacamole is a wonderful addition to chili as well.
Children and adults love the idea of having breakfast for dinner. The cook loves this meal idea too because it’s another one of those easy-to-make items. Any time you give your family an option on how to make something, they’re going to be interested because they can make something they know they will like. It’s also a great way for kids to try out new foods without making it confrontational. You will know the things your family will like, but consider these options for ingredients to add to their omelets: spinach, red bell peppers, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, ham, chicken, crook-neck squash, turkey bacon, feta cheese, mushrooms, onions, hot peppers, scallions, basil, parmesan, chorizo and avocado. The beauty of omelets is that you can enjoy the flavors of foods that are higher in calories without going overboard on your caloric intake because you are eating a smaller portion of them.
Enjoy all of these favorites, and don’t be afraid to create your own. Remember to allow options, substitute healthier alternatives for not-so-healthy ones, and you’ll create hit after hit. Buen provecho.