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Healthy family meals to kick off the new year

Healthy family meals to kick off the new year

Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean compromising on flavour, or just eating salad every day.

These healthy family meals are super-satisfying and packed with goodness. It will be clean plates all round!


Cannelloni is a total family classic already, but this turbo-charged veggie version is packed with leafy greens, chilli-spiked tomato sauce, and a blitzed ricotta replaces the usual cheese sauce. A healthy family meal that everyone will love.


Sticking to super-lean chicken breasts is key to making these fajitas a healthy family meal, and also provides us with a great source of protein, ensuring our muscles stay strong and healthy.


Shepherd’s pie is proper weekend comfort food. But this version is packed with veg and uses a mixture of swede and potatoes for the mash. Lean minced lamb works a treat here, and gives us a bumper hit of vitamin B12, keeping our immune and nervous systems healthy.


You might not think of fish fingers as being a healthy family meal, but these jumbo salmon fish fingers are a cut above. Fish, especially salmon, is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for keeping blood cholesterol healthy. Make a big batch, then stash in the freezer for an instant fish supper.


Jacket potatoes are a proper crowd-pleaser, but these have a little nutritional advantage: sweet potatoes are a non-starchy carb, meaning they could towards your 5-a-day, plus they provide loads of nutrients including the mighty vitamin C.

Head over to the Family Food Hub on the Jamie Oliver website for some more tasty dinner time inspo.

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If you’re looking for some delicious New Year’s Eve dinner recipes to start the new year in high style without breaking the bank, I got you covered with these scrumptious dishes!

Healthy family meals to kick off the new year - Recipes

*This post has been updated for 2021

Are you looking for new recipes to try this month? I’ve got you covered. I came up with a list of 12 crockpot recipes that are super easy to throw together in the morning. If you’re motivated, you can even prep and freeze all of them this weekend (free shopping list below!).

[FREE CLASS] 12 Healthy Freezer Meals from Sam’s Club

I’m so excited to share a brand-new freezer cooking class with you! I’m making 12 healthy freezer meals from ingredients at Sam’s Club and everyone who attends will receive my printable recipes, shopping list, and freezer meal labels for free!

12 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals to Make in May

*This post has been updated for 2021

Spring weather has finally made its way to Pittsburgh. Yay!! I’m trying to get my kids outside as much as possible and I’m almost done going through all of our winter clothes, boots, etc. I even got motivated on Monday and prepped 12 freezer meals so we can play outside after school, and drive our older kids to after-school activities, and not have to worry about dinner.

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12 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals to Make in April

Spring is right around the corner and I’ve never been so desperate to get outside. Being stuck at home with five little kids is exhausting. Between cleaning and getting everyone dressed and fed, the entire day slips away without getting anything accomplished.

Unfortunately, all of my freezers are empty too. We ate the healthy stir fry “packs” that I froze for the crockpot/Instant Pot (the honey garlic chicken and snow peas was my favorite) and trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight is stressful enough, let alone making more freezer meals. The good news is that I was able to reuse some of our favorite recipes from last year to come up with a plan for this month.

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60 Best New Year&rsquos Eve Dinner Ideas To End the Year Deliciously

Whether you're throwing a household New Year's Eve bash or staying up late to watch the ball drop in Time Square, you'll need some fun and festive New Year&rsquos Eve dinner ideas to get you ready for the night ahead. From belly-filling casseroles to vegetable-focused vegetarian ideas, we rounded up tons of delicious mains to keep you satisfied &lsquotil the clock strikes midnight. No matter your New Year&rsquos Eve food traditions, we&rsquove got something for you. Feeling fancy? Try a spotlight-stealing steak dinner crowned with a pat of butter, or a whole-roasted salmon recipe that doubles as a stunning centerpiece. Start the year off right with colorful, filling salads or celebrate your cravings for carbs, carbs and more carbs (such as pasta, gnocchi and risotto, to name a few).

Choose one of our quick and easy dinners (including Instant Pot recipes!) if you&rsquod prefer to focus your energy on New Year&rsquos resolutions instead, or get together with a partner, friend, or family to whip up an elaborate feast, even if it&rsquos just a simple dinner for two. Eat the comfort foods you love, share the holiday with family and friends (virtually!) and always, always, save room for New Year&rsquos Eve dessert.

22 Family Friendly Dinner Ideas

Happy new year! I know that one of the most popular new years resolutions is to eat healthier and lose weight – which I think is great – but I always take some time at the beginning of the year to recommit to cooking dinner for my family. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I tend to get out of my routine and family time around the dinner table has been a little lacking. So I’m back to menu planning and making sure we have that time every night again.

So to avoid the – we’re having peanut butter sandwiches again tonight rut, I have put together a list of 22 of my go-to family friendly dinner ideas. All of these recipes are not only approved by my children, but the adults love them as well! Because who has the time to make a separate dinner for the kids and the adults? These recipes are perfect for easing back into the kitchen and to get your family back around the dinner table.

Baked Penne

Beef Enchilada Casserole

Cowboy Spaghetti

Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken

Hula Joes

Gnocchi with Meat Sauce

Crispy Fish Sticks

Chicken Tortilla Stack

Creamy Quesadilla Recipe

Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

Puffed Up Pizza Casserole

Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders

Ranch Ham and Cheese Pasta

Taco Casserole

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Baja Fish Taco Recipe

Mock Lasagna Recipe

Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Taco Pasta Toss

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65 Best Comfort Food Recipes to Indulge In All Year Long

Satisfy your cravings with these can't-go-wrong classics.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to wait until the middle of winter to cook up your favorite comfort food classics! Here, we've rounded up the absolute best comfort food recipes around so that you can satisfy your most tantalizing cravings all year long. Whether it's winter, spring, summer, or fall, giving into your guiltiest pleasures is always fun. Here we come, mashed potatoes!

First things first, though, you'll want to identify what it is exactly that you're craving. Are you looking for something hearty to fill you (and your whole family) up? Check out our queso mac and cheese recipe, which features tomatoes, slightly spicy green chiles, and crunchy corn chip pieces. Alternatively, opt for something vegetable-focused and healthy&mdashyes, healthy!&mdashlike a lightened-up Instant Pot soup recipe or a mini carrot pot pie. Not only will you delight your vegetarian guests, but you'll be surprised to find that these dishes are also delicious and indulgent enough for meat lovers to devour too.

Of course, you haven't truly experienced Southern comfort food until you've had a taste of one of the desserts on our list. From a double-crust apple pie featuring the surprising addition of cheddar cheese to an upgraded pecan slab pie, there's something here to appeal to everyone in your family. Now, all you have to worry about is making enough for leftovers!

Quick & Easy Healthy Living Recipes

Our quick and easy Healthy Living recipes are the solution for anyone who’s ever found it tough to eat well on a tight schedule. These easy foil-pack dinners, seafood dishes, pronto pastas, speedy stir-fry recipes and more will help you stick to your Healthy Living goals. Round out your meals with great accompaniments like salsa, quinoa and in-season fruits and veggies. You’ll find eating well is as good as it is quick and easy! And (as always) be sure to leave room for a Healthy Living dessert.

Our quick and easy Healthy Living recipes are the solution for anyone who’s ever found it tough to eat well on a tight schedule. These easy foil-pack dinners, seafood dishes, pronto pastas, speedy stir-fry recipes and more will help you stick to your Healthy Living goals. Round out your meals with great accompaniments like salsa, quinoa and in-season fruits and veggies. You’ll find eating well is as good as it is quick and easy! And (as always) be sure to leave room for a Healthy Living dessert.

75+ Quick Summer Dinner Ideas for Easier Weeknights

These fast summer recipes give you more time for what really matters: margaritas, sunsets, and pool time.

The best season of the year is finally here. And with summertime comes the need for some quick and easy summer dinner ideas to feed your crew so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking up the sun with your family!

Indulge in all that the summer has to offer by gathering around a table full of the best grilled chicken recipes, grilled vegetable recipes, and refreshing BBQ side dishes that aren't too heavy for the heat. From June through August, fill up on the season's finest with these family-friendly picks, which are quick, easy, and seriously delicious &mdash plus, many of them store well as leftovers for later. Oh, and to top things off, might we recommend one of our favorite summer drink recipes too?

18 Easy, Healthy Dinner Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love

Finally, an easy answer to the question, what should I make for dinner tonight? Oh, and all those busy nights to come are covered, too.

Here, we've rounded up 18 of our favorite healthy dinner recipes that your entire family will love. We've included the crowd-pleasing classics (think Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries and Spiced cod with Broccoli-Quinoa Pilaf), plus modern twists on delicious dishes like Cauliflower Rice &ldquoRisotto&rdquo With Beets, Eggplant-Mushroom Meatball Subs, and Roasted and Pickled Cauliflower Sandwiches With Romesco.

Cut back on salt

Too much salt can raise blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Most people around the world eat too much salt: on average, we consume double the WHO recommended limit of 5 grams (equivalent to a teaspoon) a day.

Even if we don&rsquot add extra salt in our food, we should be aware that it is commonly put in processed foods or drinks, and often in high amounts.

Some tips to reduce your salt intake:

  • When cooking and preparing foods, use salt sparingly and reduce use of salty sauces and condiments (like soy sauce, stock or fish sauce).
  • Avoid snacks that are high in salt, and try and choose fresh healthy snacks over processed foods.
  • When using canned or dried vegetables, nuts and fruit, choose varieties without added salt and sugars.
  • Remove salt and salty condiments from the table and try and avoid adding them out of habit our tastebuds can quickly adjust and once they do, you are likely to enjoy food with less salt, but more flavor!
  • Check the labels on food and go for products with lower sodium content.

Reduce use of certain fats and oil

29 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

You know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it — you have other priorities taking up space in your schedule and minimal free time, so spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of your to-do list.

So many things can crowd out meal prep (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there).

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But before giving in to endless Seamless clicking, becoming a regular at the Chinese place near the office, or living off frozen meals, know that in the time it takes to watch your favorite cat videos on YouTube, you can make a nutritious home-cooked meal.

All these recipes are easy and healthy — and ready in 10 minutes, tops. For every meal of the day, including make-and-take breakfasts and lunches, this is fast food that health experts would approve of.

1. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

Forget flavored oatmeal packets and go au naturel with this oatmeal that’s reminiscent of a cobbler. With fresh peaches, chopped pecans or your nut of choice, and cinnamon, it will satisfy your sweet tooth so well that you may find yourself making it for dessert.

2. Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage, but adding a poached egg takes it to a new level and completes the trifecta of nutrition: protein, fats, and carbs. Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs sprinkled on top make it look and taste fancy.

3. Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes

A stack of homemade flapjacks doesn’t take that long to make. These are high-protein and free of gluten, but they still taste amazing and fluffy, thanks to bananas, oats, vanilla, and of course blueberries.

4. Cheddar-Garlic Grits with Fried Eggs

A Southern classic, cheesy grits don’t have to be a complete fat and calorie bomb. Cook them in water rather than milk and omit the butter. But keep the cheddar: The 2 tablespoons per serving here keeps the dish gooey and rich and provides almost 10 percent of your daily calcium.

Then add eggs for staying power, chopped chives for their slightly oniony flavor, and garlic, which makes everything taste better.

5. Hot Quinoa Cereal

Fabulous as it is, quinoa takes some time to cook. While some people have said it can be nuked, that takes more than 10 minutes in most microwaves. But quinoa flakes, which are similar to oats but are a complete protein, can be ready in a flash.

Cook them in your preferred milk with dried berries, and then top away with nuts, nut butter, seeds, and fresh fruit.

6. Scrambled Tofu

When properly prepared, tofu is anything but blah — and this version provides as much protein as a scrambled egg. Toss the vegan staple with cheesy nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and paprika (buy smoked for even more flavor). Even egg lovers will enjoy it.

7. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This healthy, autumn-inspired oatmeal gets its pie-like flavor from pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla. A sprinkling of dried cranberries adds natural sweetness.

8. Open-Faced Sandwiches with Ricotta, Arugula, and Fried Egg

A breakfast sandwich can be so much more than a smashed bacon, egg, and cheese eaten behind the wheel. Yes, this one calls for a fork and knife, but it’s worth it.

Toasted bread is topped with spicy arugula, a good source of vitamin K, which helps your blood clot. Then add an egg, salty ricotta — it has more protein than cottage cheese — Parmesan, and thyme. It’s a sandwich like no other.

9. Omelet in a Mug

Toss your favorite breakfast meat (or skip it if you’re vegetarian), salsa, eggs, and cheese in a mug and zap it for 1 minute. Stir, and then cook for another 30 to 45 seconds.

Season to taste and top with more cheese. Breakfast has never been easier to make — or to clean up.

10. Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl with Rice Noodles, Tofu, and Fresh Pea Shoots

A delicious dinner for one, this noodle bowl has all the flavors of your fave quick-cook noodle cups but none of the icky additives. Rice noodles provide the bulk of this vegetarian-friendly bowl, which uses boxed butternut squash soup as a base for fast cooking.

Pea shoots taste like, well, peas, and are rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid. If you can’t find them, you can use spinach.

11. Mediterranean Panzanella

Rather than top a salad with bagged croutons, whip up this Tuscan version with toasted pita bread.

There’s the usual good-alone-but-better-together suspects expected in something called “Mediterranean”: tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and olives. The olives are key since the fats in them help your body absorb the nutrients in the veggies.

12. Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

This colorful, crunchy salad is just what the doctor ordered when leafy-greens-based varieties are boring you.

Crunchy coleslaw mix and dried ramen noodles (swap in crunchy rice noodles for a less-processed option) are tossed with avocado for healthy fat, edamame for protein, and mango for vision-protecting beta-carotene.

13. Quick and Easy Chicken Burrito

Leftover chicken finds a new home in this quick burrito. Mix it with avocado and cheese before wrapping it up in a tortilla and cooking it. We’d take it one step further and add some peppers, onions, and maybe some greens to the filling. Bonus: Make a few at once and freeze the extras for an even faster lunch next time.

14. Salmon and Herbed Bean Salad

Bored with tuna salad? Try canned salmon mixed with creamy cannellini beans, veggies, and fresh herbs for a super easy meal that’s as delicious on its own as it is in a pita or with whole-grain crackers.

15. Creamy Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

If you always reach for the wings on game day, this is the lunch quesadilla for you. It’s spicy, creamy, and loaded with flavor. Black beans bump up the fiber and protein, and green onions add a little extra zing. Feel free to scale back on the sour cream or use Greek yogurt instead.

16. Tomato Salad–Stuffed Avocados

Not only good for guacamole, moist desserts, and rich smoothies, avocados are designed to be stuffed!

Remove the pit and fill the center with a mixture of tomato, feta, onion, and herbs for a filling meal that’s pretty enough to serve at a brunch. After all, not every breakfast-meets-lunch recipe should take hours to prepare.

17. Caprese Quesadilla

Italian and Mexican favorites team up for a mashup that’s better than anything mixed by a DJ. The how-to is pretty obvious: Fill a tortilla with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil cook until the cheese is melted and drizzle with balsamic glaze for a flavor-packed final touch.

18. Herb and Onion Frittata

While this recipe uses liquid eggs, you can substitute two whole eggs since the cholesterol and fat in the real thing are nothing to worry about. Add whatever herbs — fresh or dried — appeal to you, since they all have different flavors and health benefits.

Like pizza and mashed potatoes, frittata tastes just as good cold as it does hot, so go ahead and double the recipe and eat the other half for breakfast tomorrow.

19. Turkey-Provolone Wrap with Avocado Mayo

This isn’t just another turkey sandwich. Smear mayo and heart-healthy avocado on a tortilla and roll it up with lettuce, provolone, and tomato. This recipe is soft, creamy, and crunchy, but view it as a starting place and play with other fillings.