My husband exchanged vows with me knowing that I was not much of an expert in the kitchen. Despite the fact that my mother has always tried to teach me more enhanced cooking abilities, I still prefer to cook dinners in the microwave. What can I say, I lived alone for many years through college and beyond, and hated to do dishes. Now that I’m married and have children, I try to cook more often, but I’m always looking for an easy dinner. My kids don’t let me have too much time in the evening to prepare an elaborate meal in the kitchen. I’m limited to about 30 minutes until they get stir crazy and start running around the house like maniacs.
It isn’t always easy to find something that you can turn into an easy dinner. I want my kids to eat healthy and enjoy their dinners. A lot of the recipes that I’ve found sound absolutely delicious but require about 20 ingredients and quite a bit of prep time. Sure, there are evenings that I prepare a nice dinner ahead of time for the next day, but after I serve dinner, go through two bedtime routines for my children and get them tucked in, the last thing I want to do is make a mess in my kitchen and clean it – again.
A friend of mine bought me a recipe book called, The Four Ingredient Cookbook. I laughed at it at first, but after sitting down to scan it, I discovered some wonderful recipes that would make for a very easy dinner. Of course, the cookbook doesn’t list recipes that involve more than four major ingredients and the cook times are relatively short. In my opinion, almost every recipe in there could provide an easy dinner. What I love is that the book is geared towards people in my situation, who have little time and aren’t aspiring to be a chef. If you want an easy dinner, you’ll find lots of ideas that you can prepare.
My son’s favorite meal, which is a very easy dinner to make, is macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. Not incredibly nutritious, but an easy dinner and once a week certainly won’t hurt him. My favorite easy dinner that I discovered in the recipe book is chicken parmesan. All I have to do is thaw chicken, drown them in sauce, put cheese on top of it, and cook it. Very easy dinner for anyone to make, and it tastes wonderful. This cookbook is practically a “must” if you’re in my shoes. You will fall in love with it and your family will think that you are a genius in the kitchen.
We need to change our eating habits. I’m not talking about my household in particular. We already made this change. I am referring to America. The United States has some of the worst eating habits known to man. Notice the fast food joints on every street corner. It’s hilarious when you see the television commercials for these places. They act like everything is kosher; the food is completely fine and healthy, nothing to worry about. They even have a guy in a clown suit dancing and frolicking about with children. It’s a joke. Give us all a break! Any fool knows that this stuff will destroy your insides and cause you to kill over from a heart attack. And yet most people are still buying it. Am I missing something here? Let me give you a few of my healthy, yet easy dinner recipes. Maybe these will change your daily eating habits. It’s easy to eat healthy and be cost efficient at the same time.
This is the deal. I like to make a grocery list once a week, like most folks probably do. I get the shopping done on the weekend. This way I have stuff at home to prepare throughout the week. This is what I made last night; baked chicken breast, green beans and wild rice. Talk about easy dinner recipes. This one was a synch to prepare. You take a portion of organic chicken breast (the amount that suits your family), you trim it of any fat and place it in a pan covered with foil. Bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees. While it’s cooking, prepare the green beans ad rice. The beans are simple. Snap off the ends, rinse the beans, toss them in a pan with a half cup of water and let them simmer with a lid on. About 15 minutes over medium heat should do it. The rice you can purchase in a box. Try Uncle Ben’s wild rice that cooks in 10 minutes. It’s fantastic. Together these items make a great meal that’s low on the fat side. Other easy dinner recipes consist of; baked cod with steamed broccoli, and turkey burgers with all-natural potato wedges. Give these simple easy dinner recipes a shot. They are easy to prepare, taste great and are still healthy.
When you think of easy dinner recipes, don’t think of a drive-thru. Sure, it’s quick and convenient to just cruise by a window on the way home from work, but it’s unhealthy. Prepare food on your own and you’ll get much less fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium in the mix.