Choosing Healthy Dinner Recipes
Whether you are cooking dinner for yourself or your family, there is a lot of pressure. You need to make sure that food gets on the table, is filling for the people who are eating and is healthy. If you are someone who works full-time, who has a disability or who is on a limited budget, it can be hard to meet all three criteria.
But there are some simple recipes that can make cooking easier. Putting together ingredients and making the food up yourself does not have to be difficult, but it does require planning. To prepare for healthy eating, you should plan ahead, buy groceries in bulk and make large meals where you can heat the leftovers up for supplemental meals later in the week.
When you want to make a healthy dinner, remember that the best way to do it is to start with good ingredients. If you start with things like meat and vegetables, without relying on boxed mixes or canned soups, you are cutting out the fillers and the preservatives. This is healthier, lower in fat and can be surprisingly simple once you get into the habit.
When you want to try cooking a healthy dinner, here's a recipe to get you started.
Baked Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breasts Recipe
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus ¼ cup olive oil for drizzling
4 chicken breasts, skin on
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet on the stovetop.
Mince 4 cloves of garlic.
Add minced garlic to the skillet, and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not allow the garlic to get burned or crispy.
Remove the garlic from the skillet
Place chicken breasts in a baking pan.
Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Some people also choose to add other herbs as well, including rosemary, thyme and tarragon, but this is optional. A few pinches of Italian herbs might also be used.
Cut the lemon into quarters.
Squeeze one lemon wedge over each chicken breast.
Turn the chicken breasts to cover them with the lemon juice, herbs and oil.
Tuck the squeezed wedges underneath the chicken breasts.
Scatter the garlic on top of the chicken breasts.
Place in the oven, and allow to cook for between 30 to 40 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the chicken is completely done.
Remove the chicken from the oven, and allow the chicken to rest for at least five minutes.
Serve as is, on a bed of rice or on a bed of lettuce or spinach.