quick and HEALTHY recipes

Schollin - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm just about to have my second child(c-section on the 14th) and am looking for easy(I'm finding a lot that are not healthy but are easy) and healthy recipes that I can make for my family while tending to a newborn.I normally make homemade meals, however, they all seem to be very time-consuming but up until know this was never a problem because my son who is almost three loves to cook with me.I'm looking for any kind or dish or dessert here that's just easy and healthy thanks for all the help in advance.

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Tasneem - posted on 04/11/2010

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recipe for chicken legs.
take 4 chk legs wash n pat dry. make cuts for the marinade to seep in. squeeze lemon juice and rub the chk legs with little salt. take thick yogurt or hung curd and add red chilly powder, cumin powder ,coriander powder some cardamom powder cinnamom powder mix well and apply the paste to the chk legs.drizzle some olive oil or melted butter and bake in the oven for 20 mins. serve with thin onion rings dressed with lemon juice salt pepper n roasted cumin powder. very delicious

Heather - posted on 04/10/2010

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This is a quick item I like to cook, you can make as a side or main dish.

I buy the frozen steamer broccoli one bag would be fine. Then either the steam bags of rice or boil in a bag rice. Cook both and put into a baking dish. Then you add cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken (not the healthy part of the dish, but you don't need much) to the rice and broccoli and mix together, you need just enough to lightly cover the rice and broccoli. Smooth the top, and sprinkle a low fat cheese of your choice (I use cheddar mostly). Put in the oven on 350 until cheese is melted. Usually about 25 minutes or so.

To make it a meal you could add some cooked chicken or turkey. If you fix chicken the night before, cook a couple extra pieces to diced up and toss in.

Siobhan - posted on 04/09/2010

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pizza with low fat or fat free mozzarella, veggies & whole wheat premade dough- i got the best pizza pan from Walmart for $5 & it makes the crust come out great- nice & crisp!



whole wheat pasta, sauteed red bell peppers, garlic, spinach and/or kale, sprinkle with low fat feta cheese



soups & stews are very economical & easy to make a big batch of for freezing.. they can be really healthy depending on the recipe. this site has some good recipes...

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/...



do you grill? there are so many easy things to make on the grill. turkey burgers with minced garlic, red & green bell peppers & red onion mixed in is good for you & yummy (add a little olive oil to the mixture since turkey can be dry). grilled chicken breasts or skewers is pretty good for you. you have a lot of options for marinades to make it to your taste.



some good sides are salad & light dressing. A super quick dressing to make is mixing equal amounts fresh lemon juice & honey with a little salt. This dressing is especially nice on salads with apples & walnuts. Also I found a great recipe for a healthier potato salad: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipe... potato salad is nice because you can make it ahead when you have time. corn on the cob is good for you without butter- try a little olive oil & your choice of herbs & spices or if you like spicy try grilling it with a little adobo sauce brushed on (use sparingly unless you like it real hot)



for lunches i use whole wheat pita bread a lot & you can put so many things in it (Turkey & mustard, hummus, tuna, avacados & cucumbers,peanut butter, etc) I serve it with fruit, carrot sticks, or lowfat kids yogurt (which has less sugar).



this is getting long so i will give you one last one: Thai lettuce wraps- bake some chicken breasts ahead of time & cut them up into thin shreds. sautee some finely chopped red bell pepper in olive oil for a couple minutes & add the preshredded chicken. add 1/4 cup honey & 1/4 cup spicy sauce of your choice (i use sriracha which is a chili pepper & garlic hot sauce) & cook until reduced a bit. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped peanuts & chopped fresh basil (optional). Cut a head of iceberg lettuce into quarters (if its a smaller one only cut it in half). Pull apart the lettuce leaves & put in large bowl. give each person a bowl of chicken & everyone can spoon chicken onto lettuce "cups", wrap & eat. I make this all the time, it is so addictive. I put aside my daughter's chicken after adding the honey & only add a drop of the hot sauce to hers for flavor.



Congrats on the new addition & take it easy on yourself!

Alicia - posted on 04/08/2010

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check out epicurious.com, the have great recipes, all sorts! i recommend it! have fun!!

also, you can mix a canned of tuna or chicken or even salmon, with some lettuce, or spinach (greens in other words) to make a tasty salad! add anything u want, it's simple n healthy! also, like others suggested, crockpots r great indeed... my son loves salmon w/elbow macaroni and a spoon of mayo all mixed up w/veggies..that could work too!

Stacey - posted on 04/08/2010

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A crock pot would definitely help you out -- you can make pretty much anything in it -- and you can alter recipes to make them healthier by reducing salt, increasing the veggies and spices, or reducing fat by opting for leaner meats. You can make and freeze shepherd's pie made with ground turkey rather than beef, or turkey meatballs for spaghetti.

Lea - posted on 04/08/2010

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Here are a bunch of ideas: Spaghetti with whole-grain noodles. Stir-fry using frozen veggies. Turkey sausage, pasta, peppers and onions, sauce. Shrimp, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine, italian seasoning, reduced-fat Parmesan - saute 5 min in pan and serve over spaghetti. Salad with low-fat feta cheese or soy cheese.

Stardust - posted on 04/07/2010

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Quick and easy all in one meal!
Fish fillet of choice
spinach
brocoli spears
Sliced red or yellow peppers
shallots or green onion
garlic
olive oil
white wine optional
Salt and pepper
Make foil or parchment paper squares big enough to fold into pockets
Arange in this order:, drizzel olive oilsliced veggies,onion or shallots spinach, fish fillet(seasoned on both sides) add a splash of wine to each packet and a small pat of butter. Fold to seal packets. Place on baking sheet pan. Bake at 425 for 25 to 30 min. for 4 packets. serve with rice pilaf and evryone gets thier own individual packet juices from packet is really good on the rice.

Stardust - posted on 04/07/2010

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Baked Salmon Frozen or Fresh
Butter
olive oil
capers
parsely
garlic
lemon juice (or lemon pepper)
Black pepper
Option( Buy caper butter for seafood) Already has most of the ingrediants you will need for this recipee in it)
Brush with oil, speratilcly add capers. A few pats of butter. A slash of white wine is also nice to add. Add seasonings
put Salmon fillet in a large foil pocket with fold on top for easy access on a sheet pan bake at 350 for 20 minutes per pound. open foil packet for last 15 min. of baking time bast with juices several times this will brown the fish and make it extra yummy.
Searve with yellow rice and your favorite veggie or salad.

Alison - posted on 04/07/2010

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Helpful in a bind:

canned hummus (serve with pita or raw veggies)
eggs for supper (make a (frozen) spinach omelet if your family will eat it)
grilled cheese sandwiches (not a top choice, but not too bad once a week)

Alison - posted on 04/07/2010

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I use tonnes of canned and frozen vegetables. When I buy them fresh, I never use them because I don't have time for the chopping! I buy spaghetti vegetables (diced onions, peppers, celery and carrots) which I use in lots of recipes.

Here is one of my favorite simple recipes:

lay in a baking dish:
4-6 chicken breasts

in a bowl, combine:
1 onion diced
1 tomato diced
1 green pepper diced
1 block of feta diced
olive oil
oregano
salt & pepper

cover the chicken with the veggies. bake at 375 for 30 minutes. serve with rice.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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I switched to frozen vegetables and a steamer, it works pretty quickly and retains most of the nutritional value.
I hate to use canned veggies anymore, but I do keep some in the cupboard for days that I'm really not feeling up to cooking, they don't take long to heat up.
You can try meals that can be made into other meals through out the week. I do it once in a while, I couldn't stand that all the time.
Some people get into batch cooking where they cook like all day one day and freeze their meals then just heat them up in the oven.
Not sure if you've tried planning your meals, I plan meals for a week, but I can change up the days if I want.
The crock pot is also nice, you can throw in some meat and veggies and spices early in the day, and when it's dinner time just make anything you want to go with it.

Deja - posted on 04/06/2010

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You can also try a grilled chicken salad. How I do the chicken is I cut up three breasts into cubes and put some olive oil on then along with Montreal Chicken seasoning. When you cook the chicken, cook them in olive oil. Once done, just place on the salad of your choosing. We also have put shrimp on ours. The chicken doesn't have to technically be grilled. You can cook it on the stove.

Bethanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Quinoa is a tasty, healthy protein and great replacement for rice and potato sides. It can be found boxed in your stores all natural section or in a health foods store, already washed and ready to go. Cook Quinoa according to box directions in some low sodium All Natural Vegetable broth (gives it some added flavor), add some chopped roasted mixed veggies (like asparagus, sliced peppers, onions, etc). Toss it all together with a drizzle of olive oil. You could add some sliced almonds, too for an added health boost. It's filling but not heavy and could be used as a main meal or a side. Also, english muffin pizzas baked in the oven using whole wheat/or grain muffins with a variety of toppings are good and would be fun for your son to help with.

Megan - posted on 04/06/2010

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You could make speghetti sauce and cook it in a crock pot- Chop up all your fave veggies they will all simmer together for serveral hours and even picky eaters will eat them. I use a can of speghetti sauce (any kind will work) diced tomatos (in a can), Fresh red pepper, green pepper, celery, onion, mushrooms, and spinach all chopped fine. I also add sliced olives and a little bit of minced garlic. It turns out great * if you like meat add low fat hamburger or ground turkey

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