So, are you looking to add some new ideas to your diet? That’s great news! We are here to tell you, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. This month, we have some healthy dinner ideas for you.
Think you don’t have enough time in your day? Think again! You’ve got this. You will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.
With a few essential ingredients, you’ll be on your way to eating healthier. Let’s get started.
When it comes to healthy dinner ideas, it’s best to keep it simple. This is especially true if you’re looking for a quick, healthy dinner. It can be hard to figure out which ingredients to choose. So, what’s the best way? There are so many options out there…
Firstly, decide on your proteins.
Lean beef and chicken are the best options for a healthy lunch or dinner. Both are full of protein, without the added fats. Some beef cuts to look for include sirloin, tenderloin, and flank steak. As for the chicken, the chicken breast is superior. If you’re watching your fat and calorie intake, this is the way to go. However, if you are skipping the carbs, a fattier cut will work. The next best thing to a chicken breast is a chicken thigh.
Next, stock up on your favourite vegetables.
Some vegetables are indeed more nutritious than others. But, for the most part, they are all on the healthy side of the scale. It’s been said that dark green, red, and orange-colored veggies are the best for you. Therefore, you should look for options in those colors.
As you know, chicken is a great option to add to most meals.
Did you know that a 3oz serving of chicken breast has 24 grams of protein and only 3 grams of fat? That’s impressive. It is also rich in B vitamins and trace minerals.
So, why not cook up some chicken breast to have on hand? That way, it’s ready for the whole week. You can eat it as a main, or chopped it up and use it in other recipes.
Follow these easy steps to baking perfect chicken breasts:
You can store cooked chicken in your fridge for 3-4 days. It’s a great addition to any salad or stir fry. Not to mention, it makes creating a healthy dinner a whole lot easier. Just chop up, and you’re ready to go.
If you’re looking for some new healthy chicken recipes, give one of these a try:
Remember, when buying chicken, look for quality. Not all meat is the same. To create a healthy dinner, you must start with healthy ingredients. At Hilltop Acres, you will find fresh and local products. We take pride in knowing where it comes from, and so should you. Ask us where it’s from. We’d be happy to tell you. That’s something you won’t be able to find at a big box store.
As with chicken, it’s important to realize not all beef is the same. Aside from where you purchase it, the cut makes a difference as well—lean cuts of meat such as sirloin work well in these recipes.
Top sirloin is butchered from the top of the animal. And, while it might be on the chewier side, cutting the meat shortens the muscle fibers. In turn, it is tenderizing the meat. For this reason, it is best to use sirloin on kabobs or ina stir-fry. If you’re looking to have dinner ready in under 30 minutes, you should plan. This cut of meat can benefit from a good marinade.
These Sensational Sirloin Kabobs require 8 hours of marinating, but only take 15 minutes to cook. It’s worth the extra effort.
If you are looking to spend a bit more, tenderloin is the ultimate cut of beef. It’s lean but also tender. This cut is practically made for the grill. Often, tenderloin is sold as a whole piece. From there, you can cut your steaks. However, most butcher shops also offer individual steaks as well. Ask around and see what you can find.
This Beef Tenderloin and Balsamic Asparagus dish are ready in just 20 minutes. Try it out today!
Do you always have meat with your meals? Why not try and add a vegetarian meal or two in the mix. There are plenty of ways to get the protein you need. Not to mention, it’s a great way to ramp up your vegetable intake.
As long as you’re not vegan, eggs are a great alternative. They are healthy and full of protein. Farm fresh eggs are one of nature’s most perfect foods. However, they often don’t make it past breakfast. We want to change that. To illustrate, we think eggs should be for dinner too.
On that note, check out some of these healthy dinner recipes that include eggs:
If you play your cards right, you won’t miss eating meat every day. Many recipes take a spin on a classic. For example, this Greek Brown and Wild Rice Bowl make for a hearty, healthy dinner. Or, check out this filling Vegetarian Chili.
Above all, it’s not hard to make a healthy dinner for yourself. So, stop making excuses and start cooking. Pick up some local ingredients from our farm store and get to work. You’ll be happy you did. And remember, if you have any questions, we are here to help.
You care about what goes on your kitchen table. But, so do we.