Each night I try and figure out what to make for dinner. Having to feed my 3 kids plus my husband and I is something I have to think about in advance if I am going to put something healthy on the table. I really love cooking (most of the time) and it is important to me to feed my family nutritious and delicious food. While we are not vegetarians, it is always a goal of mine to make at least one meal of the week a meatless one.
You can find healthier whole grain tortilla chips to make this a more wholesome meal option. With toppings like chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, beans, cheese, peppers, onions, and a little sour cream, you can really pile on the veggie load. Kids think they are eating chips, but meanwhile you are providing a meal with a couple of servings of vegetables.
The fattier version of this is made with fried eggplant and tons of cheese. To make it healthier, I slice eggplant into rounds (keep the skin on- it contains the antioxidant nasunin) and dip it in egg, then a little breadcrumbs. I lay the eggplant into a cookie sheet that I spray with a little olive oil. I top each eggplant piece with a piece of fresh sliced tomato. I bake this at 400° for 15-20 minutes until the eggplant is a little crispy. Then I top each piece with a thin slice of mozzarella and put it back into the oven until the cheese is melted.
Mushrooms are hearty and meaty and perfect for replacing instead of a regular burger. Brush portobello caps with a little olive oil and cook them under the broiler for about 5 minutes per side. Then with the top side down, add your favorite cheese to the mushroom and broil until the cheese is bubbling.
Breakfast for Dinner:
There are some nights when you are SO tempted to throw a frozen pizza in the oven. However, next time you are trying to feed your kids in a short period of time, consider making breakfast for dinner. Making homemade oatmeal and scrambled eggs for dinner doesn’t take long at all! I use Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and I use milk to cook them. I only add a little bit of brown sugar, then also add some cinnamon, chia seeds, chopped dried apricots and raisins. It’s really healthy, filling, and delicious!
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.