Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guest Post: Healthy Dinner Meals

Thank you to Melissa from Blog Content Guild for a fabulous guest post today! Find out more at http://blogcontentguild.com.

So, you want to be healthy, but you don’t have a lot of time. It seems like a balancing act between nutrition and a demanding schedule, but you don’t need to make that choice. You can have the best of both worlds if you put a little thought into it. Using easy dinner recipes that are good for you will be a breeze if you put these tips in action.

Change up your core

It’s easy to get stuck on the same meals all the time. You already know how to make the recipes so it takes little, if any, effort on your part. Just because it’s familiar doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do things. Take this as inspiration to change around your culinary habits to cheaper and healthier options.

Believe it or not, some of the healthiest foods you can buy are also the cheapest. Options like beans, legumes, and fresh fruits and veggies are packed with nutrition, and they won’t break the bank. Think about making one day a week “vegetarian day,” and try to use ingredients like these. You can make black bean burgers and fries on your first night, or search for a different recipe that’s more to your liking. Whatever you choose, if you stick to these kinds of foods you’ll be getting a bigger bang for your buck. You don’t need to become a vegetarian, but it pays to think like one sometimes.

Use gadgets to your advantage

Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you need to have slave over a stove for hours on end. In fact, some of the best meals for you can be cooked in a crock pot. You might have been hesitant to try this method because it seems like everything would come out mushy and bland. That certainly doesn’t need to happen if you pick the right recipe, like this flavorful yet good-for-you chicken and sweet potato stew. Where else are you going to find a recipe that takes 20 minutes to prepare and can be left unattended for hours while you do whatever you want?

You should also consider buying a bread machine if you don’t already have one. It can be hard to find nutritious bread, but when you’re in control of the ingredients, you get to decide how healthy it’s going to be. Using whole grains and adding tasty and healthful ingredients like flax seed will help make this staple food better for you. Bread machines are similar to crock pots in their cooking method. You throw the ingredients in and let the machine do the work. Finding ways to automate your cooking with gadgets saves time and money.

Say goodbye to worrying about making dinner healthy and on time. If you start thinking like a vegetarian (on occasion) and use kitchen gadgets to economize your cooking, you’ll be surprised at the results. Cooking healthy doesn’t need to be difficult, especially if you do it the smart way.

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