We know it’s hard to create a healthy dinner that everyone will enjoy. So to make life easier, we’ve put together a list of five customizable, healthy recipes that will please a variety of palates. Use our ingredient suggestions to serve up a dinner that’s suited to everyone’s tastes and packs a healthy punch.
1. Lemon Salmon Packets
This no-fuss salmon dish looks and tastes amazing – but takes just seconds to prepare. Get the kids to help with dish duty afterwards. Have them load the dishwasher, and then get an adult to add a Cascade Platinum ActionPac. With its powerful cleaning formula and rinse aid, you won’t have to rinse plates and utensils beforehand.
- Plan for one piece of salmon fillet per guest. Lay each piece skin-side down on a rectangle of aluminum foil
- Cut a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of one half over the salmon; cut the other half into slices and arrange them on top of the fish
- Fold up the edges of the foil around the salmon to make a packet, and then cook at 350 F for 30 minutes
- Remove the fillets from the foil and serve with boiled baby new potatoes – or make your own sweet potato fries by chopping up some sweet potatoes, tossing them in oil, and roasting for 25 minutes at the same time as the salmon
Customize: Switch up the seasonings for each packet to give each portion a one-of-a-kind taste. Try lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning or teriyaki sauce.
2. Roasted Sausage One-Sheet Meal
Quick to prepare and delicious, too, this hearty meal will ward off winter’s chill.
- Chop up two sausages per person. Depending on your tastes and dietary preferences, pork, turkey, chicken or vegetarian sausages all work well. Place on a baking sheet
- Chop up a combination of onions, peppers, mushrooms, parboiled potatoes, zucchinis, carrots, parsnips or chopped butternut squash. Plan for about ½ cup of chopped vegetables per person. You can even use frozen veggies, many of which have been shown to have higher levels of nutrients than fresh. Scatter them on the baking sheet with the sausage
- Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently toss with a spatula or fork to coat the sausages and veggies in oil
- Roast at 400 F for about 30 minutes
Customize: Use this dish as a way to use up foods already in your fridge – regardless of the type of sausage and the veggies you have on hand, the result will be delicious!
3. DIY Tacos
The ultimate option in do-it-yourself dinners, tacos are fun for the whole family and perfect if your kids invite their friends over at the last minute. Make this buffet-style setup mess-free with a stack of Bounty napkins or a roll of Bounty paper towels. They’re great for cleaning up splotches of salsa, stray shredded cheese or any other toppings that have made their way onto your clean floors.
- Set the table with bowls full of toppings – whatever your family prefers. Try pan-fried minced beef, chopped chicken or turkey, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole, salsa, black beans, olives, sliced peppers, chopped fresh tomatoes and sour cream
- Give everyone a few crispy taco shells and see who can create the most exciting and colorful combinations!
Customize: Taco bars are great for picky eaters – just offer plenty of topping options, and have your kids choose which ones they want. They’ll feel more involved in the cooking process, and you’ll be happy knowing they’re eating something healthy (for once).
4. Super-Fast Stir-Fry
This simple dish serves two for a cozy night in (save it for Valentine’s Day!). Simply double it for a family of four.
- Crush a clove of garlic and fry it in olive oil. Then add several handfuls of chopped broccoli florets and stir-fry them for a few minutes until tender
- At the same time, cook two portions of dried egg noodles in boiling water according to the package instructions
- Beat two eggs and cook them in a separate pan, stirring constantly until the eggs are scrambled
- Add 2 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to the broccoli pan. Stir in the eggs and drained noodles
- If desired, add a handful of chopped green onions, peanuts or a pinch of chili flakes on top
Customize: Add stir-fried chicken or chunks of tofu for an even heartier meal.
5. Simple Vegetable Soup
Here’s a hearty, warming, good-for-you winter soup for those cold evenings.
- Chop up about 1½ cups total of onions, celery and carrots and fry them in oil with 1½ cups of peeled, cubed potatoes until the mixture is soft
- Pour 3½ cups of vegetable or chicken stock over the veggies and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
- Transfer the whole mixture to a blender, add seasoning and blend until the soup is smooth
Customize: Choose between veggie or chicken broth, get creative with your seasonings (onion powder, oregano and rosemary are great choices) and garnish with chives, heavy whipping cream or even hot sauce!
What’s on your list of favorite healthy recipes for winter? Comment below with your ideas!