by Roger Smith
Short on time but want to make healthy food recipes for your family? Here are three yummy examples.
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Chop 1 medium fully ripe tomato for each serving of pasta. For example if you’re feeding four for dinner, chop four tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and set aside. Cook your choice of pasta until it’s nearly done. Add 1/2 cup frozen peas for each serving of pasta and add to the pasta just a minute or two before you remove from the heat. Strain the pasta and the peas. Chop a handful of basil leaves. Add the chopped tomatoes with their juice and basil leaves to the pasta and peas and toss well. Sprinkle each serving with one tablespoon of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Add a tossed green salad with low cal or no cal dressing and dinner is done.
Tequila Chicken Breasts.
Use boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. For four servings: make a marinade of the juice of three limes, you can add a bit of lime peel to the juice if you wish. Add 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of crushed chili peppers or more if you like spicy food, a clove of chopped garlic, and 4 chopped scallions. Combine with 1/2 cup of tequila. That sounds like a lot, but remember all the alcohol will evaporate during cooking, you just want the flavor.
If you don’t want to use tequila use white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar instead. Place the marinade and the chicken breasts in a plastic bag and marinate for at least an hour, up to over night. When ready to cook remove the chicken from the marinade and bake. Throw the marinade away. You can also grill the chicken breasts. Serve with a black bean, corn and tomato salad and a couple of toasted tortillas.
Oven Roasted Veggies
You’ll need 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of veggies for each person. Select from carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, winter squash, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and small new potatoes. Clean and scrub veggies. Cut into similar size pieces, two inch cubes work well. Dry veggies off. Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray such as Pam. Place veggies in pan drizzle with one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a variety of herbs: oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, and basil are just a few. Bake at 350 for about an hour until veggies are soft but not mushy. You can also grill the veggies. Just leave them whole or sliced in two. Serve with crusty bread.
And there you have 3 healthy food recipes for dinner.