Dinner doesn't have to take an hour to make to be healthy. Keep a variety of vegetables, pasta and bread on hand at all times so you can whip up a healthy supper on short notice -- and one that every family member will love. Keep flavorings such as Parmesan cheese, olive oil and herbs in your kitchen and your quick meals will be delicious as well.
Pizza can be a healthy dish to make at home, and you can prepare one yourself in less time than it takes to get one delivered. Keep frozen pizza crust on hand or pick up a baked crust from the grocery store. A sheet of unrolled puff pastry can also make the base of a pizza in a pinch. Spread light ricotta cheese and pesto across the crust and arrange sliced tomatoes and any sliced vegetables you like on top. Sprinkle on some low-calorie mozzarella cheese and bake until the cheese is melted.
Boiling a pot of water and cooking a batch of pasta takes only about 15 minutes, but you can cook pasta ahead of time and reheat it if you’re in a hurry. Skip the jarred sauce and make your own fresh sauce in minutes by sautéing chopped garlic in olive oil and adding halved grape tomatoes. Toss the sauce with pasta and add basil and Parmesan cheese. For a pasta dish full of healthy nutrients, add chopped vegetables to the pasta water during the last few minutes of cooking. Drain the water away and add some ranch salad dressing for a no-fuss pasta salad.
Chicken that is thinly sliced cooks in minutes, so making chicken fajitas may take no longer than 10 minutes. Pound chicken breasts thin and slice them up. Coat the bottom of a saucepan with oil and saute the chicken strips along with strips of onion and green and red peppers. When the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are soft, place scoops of the mixture inside corn or flour tortillas. Top the mixture with salsa and guacamole and roll up the tortillas. If you don't have chicken available, slice up and saute steak or tofu instead.
An antipasto tray looks elegant, takes minutes to put together and can be full of both protein and healthy vegetables and fruit. Cut Italian bread into slices and arrange them on a tray next to slices of prosciutto and roast beef. Add cubes or slices of provolone cheese and shaved Parmesan cheese. Finish the tray with fresh grapes and slices of roasted red peppers. Everyone can make their own sandwiches or pick at the tray until they are full.
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