The term "whole foods" typically refers to organic and largely unprocessed foods. Many modern foods gain plenty of sugars, dyes and other additives between the farm and your table, but whole foods are as natural as possible. If you're trying to include more whole foods in your family's meal plan, dinner is a simple place to start.
Organic, additive-free chicken makes a satisfying base for whole foods dinners. For a savory fruit-inspired dish, glaze baked chicken breasts with a fresh, unsweetened apricot sauce. Serve the chicken over a base of couscous, a nutritious grain-based pasta with a fluffy texture, tossed with organic ranch dressing. Or stir-fry chicken with safflower oil, freshly grated garlic and an array of chopped veggies, including broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes and bell peppers.
Cook up a hearty casserole made with long-grain brown rice and spinach or kale, or bake a homemade pizza topped with organic cheeses, sweet onions and spicy peppers. On colder evenings, a savory bread pudding with whole grain bread, asparagus and mushrooms hits the spot. For a summer dinner, serve your family a refreshing caprese pasta dish with organic mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil.
Draw on Mexican staples by mixing refried beans and organic lean beef, creating a satisfying filling. Wrap the beans and beef in a sprouted wheat tortilla alongside fresh avocado, cilantro and tomatoes. Use grilled shrimp, eggplant, onion and zucchini as the filling for tacos, garnished with homemade salsa or spicy ranch dressing. For an Asian dish, create a spicy, creamy curry with sweet potatoes and organic coconut milk as the base.
Sides and Salads
Any meal becomes more whole with the addition of fresh, organic produce. Try interesting salad mixes, such as mango, carrot and pear slices over baby spinach, topped with a creamy dressing. Minestrone soup is a vegetable-packed soup that can be prepared with organic vegetables. Simmer cannellini beans, green beans, tomatoes, leeks and fresh herbs in olive oil, complementing your dinner with a boost of organic produce. Use whole wheat macaroni noodles for a healthier soup.
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