Healthy and Easy Home-Cooked Meals Halifax NS
Healthy and Easy Home-Cooked Meals
(NC)-With people spending more time at work and less time with their families, eating a healthy meal can be challenging. Hectic schedules may include trying to get to the gym, transporting kids to and from school and social activities or staying late at the office, so it's not surprising that ordering a pizza or using a drive-through become real temptations. With convenience playing a big part in our everyday food choices, healthy options often fall by the wayside.
"As a busy mom, I know the difference between wanting to make a home-cooked meal and actually having the time to do it," said Sandi Richard, international best-selling author and host of Fixing Dinner on Food Network. According to Sandi, creating quick and healthy meals, whether it's for one person or the entire family, is not as difficult or as time-consuming as we think. Here are some of Sandi's tips for creating healthy meals in a hurry.
1. Keep your pantry and fridge stocked with the essentials.
Whether it's chicken stock, eggs, ground meat, fresh or frozen veggies, brown rice or chicken breast, there are certain items to which we often turn when preparing meals. Your family's food staples may vary, but having some of these items on hand is the first step in being able to whip up a healthy meal in minutes.
2. Take shortcuts.
Let's face it; most people don't have time to prepare homemade meals from scratch every day. Preparing a meal for your family at the end of a long day doesn't have to be a chore. From pre-washed and pre-cut veggies, to shredded cheese or varieties of sauce in a jar, there is a myriad of shortcuts you can take to cut down on prep time and pull together a meal at home without sacrificing taste or nutrition.
3. Get steamy with it.
Steam cooking is a quick and easy method for creating fresh and healthy meals. Truly one of the healthiest ways to cook, steaming also enhances the disease-fighting properties in vegetables by increasing their antioxidants. And now you can steam cook foods even in your microwave with easy-to-use steam cooking bags such as Ziploc Zip `n Steam. "I'm always looking for helpful ways to get families back to the dinner table, and Ziploc Zip `n Steam cooking bags are definitely one of my favourite finds," said Sandi. "They combine nutrition benefits of steam cooking with the convenience of your microwave. And what I love most about these bags is that they don't limit your culinary creativity -- I can change up the sauce or spice, and use a variety fresh or frozen vegetables, seafood or chicken to create healthy and delicious meals."
And if you want to explore the endless possibilities of what you can steam in a bag, check out www.ziploc.ca. There you will find tasty, health-conscious recipes for everything from green beans with sundried tomatoes and almonds (ready in 2 minutes) and Tuscan chicken cannellini (7 minutes), to garlic lemon cod (4 minutes) and a southwestern omelet wrap (2 1/2 minutes)."
Asian Vegetable Medley
Ingredients: Makes 4 Servings
1 (450 mL (15 oz) can baby corn, drained
90 mL (1/3 cup) thinly sliced celery (about 1 stalk)
125 mL (1/2 cup) snap peas
360 mL (1 1/2 cup) sliced red pepper (about 1 medium pepper)
175 mL (3/4 cup) carrot matchsticks (about 5 cm (2 in) long and 6 mm (1/4 in) wide)
1. Combine in a large Ziploc Zip `n Steam microwave steam cooking bag the baby corn, thinly sliced celery, snap peas, sliced red pepper and carrot matchsticks.
2. Seal bag and shake gently to distribute ingredients. Place bag in microwave.
3. Microwave on full power for 2 1/2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. If needed, microwave for additional 30 second intervals until vegetables reach desired tenderness.
4. Allow bag to stand for 1 minute before handling. Carefully open bag. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.