Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t always have to be 100% ‘clean’ either. It’s all too easy to get caught up in wanting to make a ‘really healthy’ meal, only to be confronted by fussy eaters, likes and dislikes, and a lack of time. Before you know it, your options are next to none and you give up, reverting back to your usual cooking repertoire.
I get it. We had the same in our household, and lockdown only intensified this as we were now needing to prepare all key meals plus snacks and dessert every day. Juggling working from home, life with a newborn and homeschooling made it all too easy to ‘grab and go’, so I took some time to look at a range of balanced meals that the whole family would enjoy. The criteria had to be quick, contain at least two of our five-a-day and be tasty.
Here are some of our favourites:
- Pesto pasta with spinach, courgette, tomato and roasted pine nuts
- Chicken goujons with new potatoes and salad
- Jacket potato with five-bean chilli
- Vegetable or Chicken Stir Fry with rice noodles
- Pizza with coleslaw and salad
- Roast dinner with carrots, parsnips, broccoli and peas
- Chicken fajitas with red, yellow and green sweet peppers and red onion (served with wholegrain rice and/or wraps)
- Chicken or chickpea Tikka Masala with spinach and red onion
- Spaghetti bolognese with broccoli, red onion and finely chopped courgette
- Sausages with new potatoes and balsamic-roasted veg (red, yellow and green sweet peppers, red onion, courgette and tomatoes)
- Fish & chips with peas
- Bangers and mash with peas, broccoli and onion gravy
- Mediterranean grilled chicken breast with fries and salad