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Healthy dinner recipes involve more than time and effort, they involve good, wholesome, nutritious food. The best way to achieve success in planning and preparing healthy dinner recipes is to:

1. Don't be too hard on yourself. Pasta does NOT have to be made from scratch to be nutritious and delicious, but you can choose whole grain over processed, white pasta, bread, rice and other grains to keep optimum nutritional value in your meals.

2. Buy healthy food as a habit when you're at the grocery store. Even if you do NOT have all of your healthy menu ideas listed and ready to go, keeping wholesome and nutritious food on hand in the cupboard and in the refrigerator will help you figure out what to make and make sure it's something good for you and your family when you put a meal together.

Some other rules of thumb include balancing healthy dinner recipes by including protein, whole grains and lots of vegetables.

While protein helps with health and feeling full, don't eat meat every day of the week. Beans, tofu, eggs, and seafood are all wonderful choices for protein. An evening omelette can contain low-fat cheese, spinach, tomatoes or whatever else your family enjoys, with potatoes or whole wheat garlic bread, you are feasting on healthy food without a doubt!

Use as many veggies as you possibly can. This means that while your family may only tolerate vegetables, giving them a side of broccoli with garlic is awesome, but "sneaking" finely chopped spinach, kale, carrots and other goodies into a pasta sauce is bellisimo.

If your family loves meat sauce, adding lean turkey or beef to the sauce as well as the secret veggies will give flavor and texture to a wonderful healthy dinner recipe. Poured over whole grain pasta -- who could ask for anything more?

Other rules of thumb when it comes to healthy dinner recipes include:

Broiling, baking and slow cooking are always preferable to frying. Deep frying in particular is not a healthy choice. The fats used for frying at that temperature are not heart-healthy, weight-healthy, or artery-friendly.

If you are going to use meat, choosing lean meat is important.

Go easy on the salt.

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Great tips!! We have a challenge to ourselves that EVERY time we go to the grocery store - even if just for eggs - we must buy at least two GREEN vegetables. It has helped us immensely in our quest for more greens.

Past is our favorite "fast food" - as are "Eggs and Greens" (Recipe)

Thanks for the helpful post :)

Tiffany
Life Food Store
Health Food and Supplements

January 9, 2012 - 1:43pm
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Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your tips and advice! Healthy eating does not need to be a chore and it can be something that the whole family can enjoy. By making simple changes such as changing to wholemeal bread and pasta you are improving your diet.

January 4, 2012 - 6:39am

Hi, Here are a few healthy dinner recipes

chicken breast pieces mixed with pasta and your favorite vegetables

Baked salmon fish with baked potato and string beans

Lasagna and salad

Chicken salad

fruit salad

pizza with only sliced vegetables on top

I could give you a bunch of list but I'm sure you get the idea.

Melissa

December 30, 2011 - 9:36pm
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Anonymous

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December 30, 2011 - 9:58am
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