How To Find Healthy Dinner Recipes

When I’m looking for information about something I just type the word or phrase into Google and I can usually find what I’m looking for in the first couple of pages of results. When I typed in “Healthy Dinner Recipes” I was overwhelmed. There were lots of results of course, so I clicked on the first one and got a list of dishes:

Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast, Candies & Treats, Entrées, Healthy Cookies, Cakes & Bakes ….Wraps, Sandwiches & Burgers.

The word ‘dinner’ doesn’t even appear, and on checking out some of the meals, they didn’t even appear that healthy to me. The next site I tried was actually better, although I had to scan a lot of recipes to find something that appealed to me.

Criteria for a healthy recipe

If you’re like me, time is precious so I have to find what I need fairly quickly. Unfortunately when it comes to finding ideas for healthy dinner recipes you still have to do a lot of looking. I try to scan the recipe and screen out ones that don’t meet my basic criteria for a healthy dinner meal. Here are the things I look for when selecting a suitable dinner recipe:

– a generous portion of mixed vegetables

– a source of protein such as lean meat, fish or beans

– a source of carbohydrates like potatoes or brown rice.

Whole wheat bread, whole grain rice and whole-wheat pasta are healthier choices than the white varieties. A green salad always makes a healthy choice.

If you are a vegetarian it’s much easier to find a healthy recipe. The thing to look for though is an adequate source of protein. Soybeans are a good alternative to meat but should be consumed in moderation. The Harvard School of Public health has a good article on protein on their web page. (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/protein.html).

Other Sources

So, where else can you find healthy food recipes? Another good online source is Amazon.com. If you search on the keyword ‘healthy dinner recipes’ you will find a lot of books listed, (of course this isn’t going to help you get dinner ready this evening!). The only thing to be aware of is that a lot of these books are focused around weight loss diets, which are not necessarily good for you in the long run. Nevertheless Amazon is a good source of information.

If you have children it’s especially difficult to find recipes that are nutritious and appeal to them. This problem is worse if you are trying to change the eating habits of the family. The CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/nutrition_for_everyone/quick_tips/healthy_children.htm) has some good information about preparing healthy dinners for children.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there is a ton of information out there but trying to zero in on the best healthy dinner recipes for you and your family is going to take time. You also have to be prepared to make a lot of changes until you find something that works for everyone. I used to joke about our kids’ reaction to some of my dishes (Lima bean soup comes to mind) – if they don’t like it, it must be good for you!

Seriously though, there are lots of good healthy dinner recipes available that everyone will love. You just need to be able to spend the time to find them, and experiment a little in the kitchen.

Easy Dinner Recipes for Spanish Rice – Que Sabroso

Renowned for its versatility, rice is a globally recognized staple of kitchens everywhere and is a versatile choice for the entire family. This wholesome starch provides energy, stimulates muscle growth and even acts as an anti-inflammatory. In addition to its health benefits, rice is also extremely adaptable and can be used in casseroles, side dishes, desserts – you name it! Simple in preparation, but capable of delivering huge flavor, the lists of easy dinner recipes which utilize this popular grain are innumerable. Here we will take an exciting culinary excursion through the many styles and preparations of Spanish rice. These delicious dinner recipes are chock full of flavor and you’ll be surprised at how easy these delectable dishes are to prepare! As an added bonus, they’re flexible and fun, allowing you to raid your pantries and customize your dishes. The variations and possibilities are literally endless!

Chorizo and Egg Rice Bowl

Chorizo and egg are a very well-known flavor combination and Spanish pairing, usually served with tortillas. Chorizo, for those unfamiliar with it, is a zesty and mildly spiced sausage which can be found in most grocery stores. The delicate and smooth flavor of eggs in any style compliment the boldness of the Chorizo. Here, we have chosen to combine this formidable twosome with delectably seasoned rice. The dish is then topped with cheese, adding a comforting and familiar element which is sure to please any palette. For a delicious twist, try adding freshly chopped green onions or serve this entree with a side of sliced avocado and your favorite salsa! No matter the variation, this simple dinner recipe is a crowd pleaser!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Savory Chicken and Rice

Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken) is a simple and traditional dish which has gained international notoriety for its outstanding and distinct flavors. It seems almost every Latin or Latin-influenced country has its own spin on this dish. This version is a satisfying and easy dinner recipe which can quickly be put together on busy weekdays. Nutritious and vibrant peas and carrots are simmered for a short while alongside rice and chicken for a savory one-pot dish. The addition of olives and pimentos towards the end of the cooking process infuse this delicious dinner recipe with authenticity and complex aromas. This is one meal which tastes as though you’ve spent all day cooking it, but is really a breeze to prepare and is ready in a hurry. Since this easy dinner recipe is so rapidly finished, try using some of your extra time to make a quick and healthy cucumber and red onion salad. Top off the salad with some finely minced cilantro for some extra Spanish flair!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cooking at home is one of the very best ways to keep healthy and happy. In addition to stirring the five senses and sparking creativity, home-cooked meals allow you to exercise control over yourself and your family’s nutritional needs. The easy dinner recipes listed here are a great way to avoid repetition and keep dinner sensational! Go ahead – experience a new culture without a passport and get cooking today alongside your friends and family!

An Easy Dinner Recipe, Meatball Stroganoff

Do you need an easy dinner recipe for those busy nights? Dinner is the most important part of the day. Sitting down together as a family to enjoy a well prepared meal is so important. Unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful part of the day when you’re the cook. The key to a stress-free dinner hour is advance planning and organization along with an arsenal of quick and easy dinner recipe and menu ideas. This Meatball Stroganoff recipe has what it takes to get you to the table. It is easy and quick to prepare – less than half an hour from start to finish.

Buying frozen meatballs cuts the preparation time greatly. You have only to brown the meatballs and make the sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes and dinner is done. Serve over buttered noodles or hot fluffy rice with a green vegetable. I hope you will try this quick and easy dinner recipe soon.

Be sure to start the water for the noodles or the rice before you begin to brown the meatballs, as the noodles take almost as long to cook as the stroganoff and the rice takes longer.

Meatball Stroganoff

1 ½ – 2 pounds frozen Italian style meatballs

¼ cup margarine or butter

¾ cup onions, chopped

½ lb. mushrooms

¾ teaspoon paprika

2 Tablespoons flour

1 (10 oz.) can beef bouillon, undiluted

¾ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ cup sour cream

Hot fluffy rice or buttered noodles, cooked

  1. Brown the meatballs in 2 Tablespoons of margarine or butter. Remove to a dish.
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons more butter and saute the onions and mushrooms with paprika until tender.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the mixture. Stir, to briefly cook the flour, then slowly add the bouillon, salt and pepper, stirring.
  4. Return the meatballs to the pan, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, add the Worcestershire sauce and sour cream. Heat through, but do not boil. Serve over rice or hot buttered noodles. Garnish with parsley if desired.