Cook for the Week
To save time in the long run and to make healthy eating low maintenance, try devoting a couple of hours one day a week to making a few meals that you can store in the fridge or freezer and bring out at dinner time. You can make a double batch of chicken, freeze the balance and pull it out later in the week to create a quick stir fry by adding veggies. We all know chili and spaghetti get better the next day, so make big batches of them that you can reheat for quick meals later. If you don't want the exact same meal twice in the same week, doctor them up by adding grilled veggies to the pasta or using the chili as a sauce.
Baking fillets of flounder or tilapia in the oven with a little olive oil and lemon juice is a simple and healthy meal you can make any night of the week. If your kids aren't fish fans, try serving boiled shrimp with a dipping sauce or tossing it on some rice or buttered noodles.
Give Leftovers a Makeover
Relying on leftovers doesn't mean you have to eat the same meal multiples times in one week. Use them as a base and add a few new ingredients to transform them into entirely different meals. Shred leftover pork, add a few slices of avocado and salsa and place them inside tortillas. Leftover chicken is a great alternative to sodium-laden cold cuts if you want a sandwich in your brown bag lunch. If you want to spruce up that sandwich, try adding celery, a handful of grapes, shredded carrots and low-fat mayo to create a yummy chicken salad.
Soup, Salads and Smoothies, Oh My!
If you really want your family to eat healthier, try cutting back on your meat intake. Serve a tasty vegetable soup with some toasted pita chips and hummus. If you're tired of plain ol' salad, toss some red leaf lettuce with goat cheese, walnuts, pear slices and a handful of dried cranberries for a delicious alternative. Instead of reaching for that container of ice cream as an after-dinner snack, place fresh fruit in the blender with low-fat yogurt for a low-cal treat.