Parents are always looking for new meal ideas that are quick and easy to fit their busy schedules. Here is a list of healthy meal ideas that parents will love to make and kids will love to eat!
Berry Yummy Yogurt
Add fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries) to low-fat vanilla yogurt. Top off with low-fat granola and a pinch of ground flax seeds. Add a piece of whole-wheat toast with grape jelly and a glass of orange juice for a well-balanced, easy breakfast.
Mini Pizza Muffins
Divide a whole-wheat English muffin in half. Spread tomato sauce on top of the halves and add low-fat mozzarella cheese, chopped green and red peppers, and yellow onions to the top. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 7 minutes and presto, mini pizza muffins!
Have breakfast at dinner! Scramble eggs or egg substitute and mix in cooked chopped broccoli, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and shredded low-fat cheddar cheese to the pan. Fill a whole-wheat tortilla with the scrambled egg mixture and top with a tablespoon of salsa.
Place baked tortilla chips in a pan, and top with canned black beans and a sprinkle of shredded low-fat cheese. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss on diced tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, sliced jalapenos, olives, corn, and salsa. Dig in!
Fill a whole-wheat pita with lean meat like turkey, chicken, or roast beef, shredded low-fat cheese, sliced veggies like cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers, zucchini, onions, or sun-dried tomatoes and a healthy sandwich spread like low-fat mayo, low-fat ranch dressing, or olive oil.
Chicken Casserole Made Easy
Place chicken breast in a casserole dish and pour a can of cream of chicken soup (look for healthy, lower-fat versions) over the top of the chicken. Add frozen peas and broccoli. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded low-fat cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Serve with a side of brown rice. Easy, right?