These Simple Light Dinner Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
Coming up with exciting, delicious dinners for your family can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal. In fact, finding the time, effort, and energy to create healthy meals that your kids will actually eat can feel downright impossible. But even the pickiest of eaters will love these healthy dinners, so before you know it the following light, easy recipes will be part of dinner rotation with no complaints.
From different types of pizzas, to tacos, to all of the kebobs they could possibly want, these recipes prove that healthy dinners don’t have to be boring. “The components of a ‘healthy’ meal, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, are like the legs of a stool — they all need to work together to give us strength and balance,” Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com, author of Read It Before You Eat It — Taking You from Label to Table, tells Woman’s Day. “My recommendation for a meal trifecta is a combo of lean protein, whole grain carbohydrates, and healthy fats.” Following Taub-Dix’s trifecta allows you and your family to feel full and satisfied after eating, without relying on large portions or restrictive dieting. “As an example, a healthy plate for lunch or dinner should contain a protein like seafood, poultry, eggs, or beans; a side of veggies or salad, and a whole grain like bread, farro, brown rice, or pasta,” she says. “Adding fruit to your salad boosts this meal even further.”
With over 100 light yet filling dinner recipes, you’ll never substitute flavor for substance again. Packed with tasty, good-for-you ingredients, these recipes won’t have your family scrounging the kitchen for after-dinner snacks, and there’s enough variety to keep them interested every night.