Who says healthy food has to be expensive? I am sure that cooking for a family on a tight budget requires resourcefulness because you have to think of meals that would not sacrifice nutrition since the kids need fuel for school like how the adults need it for work. As a parent, we need to think of healthy dinner ideas to make the kids enjoy the healthier options and develop the habit of choosing the right food.
Let eating healthy be fun by mixing different varieties of fruits and vegetables in your salad. This way, it would make it seem more attractive to their eyes. You may also try other ways of cooking, and not limit yourself to frying. You can grill, bake, steam and roast. Not only is it lessening unhealthy fats, but this can also be done with the rest of the family to help everyone bond while cooking. Be creative in your style of cooking, so the family can still enjoy and not feel that they are on a budget.
Here are some inexpensive and healthy dinners that you can serve to your family:
Creamy Squash Soup
This soup is simple and easy to make, and you will only need a few ingredients. It is perfect for a dinner in the cold weather. You may serve this with any type of bread too.
You will need:
1 and ½ peeled Butternut squash
1 tablespoon of butter
¼ cup sweet onion
2 and ½ chicken broth
Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Melt the butter in the pan at medium heat. Make sure the butter is not burnt.
- Sauté the onion and the squash for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth and bring to boil.
- Cover and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes and add pepper and salt if necessary.
- If you are not satisfied with the consistency, you may place the squash mixture in the blender once it has cooled down.
The kids will definitely enjoy this healthy pasta because of its irresistible creaminess. Next time, you may try it with chicken, beef, pork or vegetables. Whichever way you like it.
You will need:
1 pack pasta of your choice
2 gloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
250 ml of thin cream
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
450 grams can tuna in oil (drained)
*Optional: Mushrooms and peas
- Cook pasta in boiling hot water until al dente. Then drain the water after.
- In a pan, put olive oil and cook the onion at medium heat until softened and then add the garlic.
- Add the cream, tomato paste and tuna and stir for 10 minutes.
- Finally, add the pasta and season.
Strawberries dipped in Chocolate
For dessert, you can simply serve fruits with a bit of chocolate to satisfy the kids’ sweet tooth. You do not need to take hours baking a cake or a cookie.
With this quick treat, the kids will indulge while being healthy. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?
What is your favorite healthy dinner to make for your family?