Monday, April 25, 2011

Dinner... the Most Important Meal of the Day?

   I know what you are thinking... "I thought she said breakfast was the most important meal".  Well, every meal is important.  Breakfast is needed to give you the energy to get your day started.  Lunch is a your refueling, and if done correctly, also a mental health break.   Dinner is a nutritional charge and can also be nourishment to your relationships.
   With schedules being jam packed with work, school, running the kids around, errands and, well, life... we tend to neglect the most important thing, relationships.  Everyone needs to eat and every relationship needs to be fed.  The best way to nourish both... Dinner! When you sit down around the table with your family, everyone benefits. Feed your relationship with lots of love, affection, communication and a healthy, tasty dinner.
   Here are some easy, affordable and healthy dinners for you to enjoy with your family.
Turkey and Vegetable Chili                                                                                                    
1.5 lbs Ground Turkey
15oz can Diced Tomato
4 oz can Diced Jalapeno
1 Onion, Diced
1 Red Pepper, Diced
2 Carrots, Diced
1 Zucchini, Diced
3 Tbl Chili Powder
1 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To Taste Salt and Pepper
2 cups Cooked Brown Rice

1- Saute Fresh Vegetables in Olive Oil
2- Add Turkey and Saute
3- Add canned products and simmer for 15 minutes
4- Serve on top of cooked Brown Rice.
5- Enjoy!

Number of Servings: 6

Vegetable  Lasagna                                                                                                                         
9 No-Bake Lasagna Noodles (I like Barilla)
1pint Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Red Pepper, Sliced
1 Small Onion, Diced
1 Small Eggplant, Sliced
1 Zucchini, Sliced
2 Carrots, Sliced
2 cup Mushrooms, Quartered
2 cup Tomato Sauce
1 cup Water
To Taste Salt and Pepper
15 Basil Leaves, Thinnly Cut
1 tsp Oregano
16 oz Light Ricotta (not fat free)
1/2 cup Light Mozzarella Cheese

1- Saute Onions, Eggplant, Red Peppers, Carrots and Zucchini.  Season and set aside.
2- Mix Herbs, Water, and Tomato Sauce
3- Layer Lasagna, Ricotta, Sauteed Vegetables, and Sauce.
4- Repeat layers and finish with Mozzarella
5- Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Number of Servings: 6

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