Tips for Provide Good Food for Family

Providing meals for your family is actually far less complicated than it seems. You don’t need to be a gourmet cook or spend hours planning menus and shopping for ingredients to prepare elaborate recipes. Good meals are different for every family, but at a minimum, they should be safe to eat, include tasty foods, and contain a variety of foods from each of the five main food groups. This leaves plenty of wiggle room for fast foods, convenience foods, and eating at restaurants occasionally. Take a look at the following list for examples of quick, reasonably nutritious meals that use some prepared foods:
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese with frozen broccoli and carrot coins thrown in with the pasta during the last few minutes of cooking. Serve with drained canned peaches and milk.
  • Frozen vegetable lasagna, cooked, served with bagged tossed salad and dress- ing, grapes, and milk.
  • Fast food hamburgers served with cut up vegetables and fruit from the deli (carrots, broccoli, pepper strips, sliced apples, pineapple, and so on). These go over well when paired with favorite dips—peanut butter, yogurt, salad dress- ing, honey mustard—whatever your family enjoys!
  • Angel hair pasta (cooks in 4 minutes flat) with jarred chunky marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, and/or drained canned chicken, tuna, or salmon. Serve with a green salad mixed with orange or apple sections and topped with dressing.
  • For a light meal, serve toasted frozen waffles with a buffet of toppings— flavored yogurt, cut-up fruit, peanut butter, syrup, low-fat granola, and so on. Round it out with milk and juice to drink.
Many people become so paralyzed by nutrition messages in the media that they quit trying altogether. They feel so guilty about their food choices that they take the all- or-nothing approach—they’re either being “good” (preparing labor-intensive, ultra- nutritious meals), or they’re being “bad” (stopping by fast food restaurants for the whole nine yards five days a week). Sometimes, the best thing to do is relax your standards, use a few favorite convenience foods, and try your best to fill in the nutritional gaps. Chapter 9 goes into more detail about food preparation and cooking techniques, if you are interested.

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