The more I read labels on foods I’ve eaten all my life, the more my eyebrows raise. There is SO MUCH JUNK in our food! Sure, the “junky” food seems easier to grab and prepare, but in the long run, healthy eating is way more worth it!
When it comes to healthy eating as a family, time management and budgeting can make it a bit difficult to get the hang of. Especially if you are a parent (which is really where my brain is at these days), it’s important to foster healthy habits in your children when they’re young so they can carry those habits into the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to stick to a healthy diet on a budget, and to encourage positive habits for your kids.
Find a Farmers’ Market
The price for fresh produce at farmers’ markets is nearly unbeatable. You can stock up on locally grown food that’s in season to use for the week or freeze for a later date. At some farmers’ markets, you can find free-range eggs, delicious homemade jellies and jams, and raw honey. Since you’re buying food that’s in season and cutting out the transport costs, you’ll save quite a bit of money on produce.
Cook With Your Kids
Nothing is more frustrating than preparing a healthy meal just to have your child turn it down. To avoid this, try collaborating as a family to find meals that you’ll all enjoy. Once you’ve made a plan for the week, involve your children in the cooking process. Even young children can take an important role, like snapping green beans or topping a casserole with cheese. When they’ve helped to create a delicious meal, your kids will be more motivated to eat it and their confidence will grow in the kitchen.
My cooking preferences and tastes vary far and wide. There are certainly days when I enjoy creating a 5-course meal from scratch! And then there are other days when I don’t want to stoop to the health level of a drive-thru…but I don’t have a ton of time to work in the kitchen on dinner! For days like that, Foil-Pack Chicken was created!
I honestly don’t remember where this recipe came from! But I’ve modified so much about it that I think I’m pretty safe to call it my own at this point..so we’ll leave it at that.
What you need:
Tin foil Cooking spray Boxed stuffing (I use chicken flavor, and one box splits well among 4 chicken breasts)
Chicken breasts (one per serving)
Frozen broccoli florets (enough for a handful to go along with each chicken breast)
Shredded cheddar cheese
How to prepare:
Pull one sheet of foil for each serving (approximately 1.5 feet long) Spray each sheet with cooking spray. (You could also put a bit of olive oil or a pat of butter there. The purpose of this is to make sure the stuffing doesn’t stick to the foil, so whatever non-stick method you use will work!) Stir together the stuffing mix with about 1 to 1 1/4 cup water and let it sit until the water absorbs. Split the mixture into four parts and spoon it out on top of each non-stick area. Place chicken breast on top of stuffing mixture, then a handful of frozen broccoli florets, then a handful of shredded cheddar. Drizzle ranch dressing on top of the “mound” you’ve created, then sprinkle bacon bits on top of that. It should look like this:
I love that it’s so colorful! Do you know it’s good for you to eat COLORFUL food? It is! Continue reading