Healthy Meals in a Snap

Does this sound familiar? It’s time to fix dinner and you don’t know what to cook. You open some cupboards and maybe look in the refrigerator, but you can’t decide. Nothing sounds good. So, you end up snacking on leftovers, making something quick that may not be that healthy, or ordering out.

Sometimes the hardest part of cooking is deciding what to make! But, today there are lots of resources to help you decide. There are so many websites devoted to cooking and recipes – all you have to do is look.

I often look in my cupboards and refrigerator to see what I have on hand, then go to the web. Here are my favorite recipe sites:

AllRecipes.com: This site has a huge library of recipes and you can search by ingredients. Just put in the main ingredient you have, like “asparagus,” “pasta,” or “pork chops” and you can scan through recipes that include that ingredient. Not all of their recipes are healthy, though. And, there isn’t an easy way to sort out the less healthy ones. So you have to evaluate each recipe before trying it.

FoodNetwork.com: This site lets you search by ingredient, show or chef. So, if you have a particular chef or show on their network that you like, you can look through his or her recipes. Beware though, many professional chefs use a lot of fat, salt and sugar in their cooking, and their recipes can be more complex. They do have a tab titled “Healthy Eating,” though, and there are really great, healthy recipes there.

SimplyRecipes.com: This site has great recipes, though like AllRecipes.com, they’re not always healthy. They do have selections on the left side for vegetarian, low carb, gluten free, and quick meals, though. They also tend to have more in-depth descriptions of the recipe, as well as cooking tips and ideas for variations.

101Cookbooks.com: This site doesn’t have as many recipes as the ones above, but the instructions are more detailed and they usually have pictures of both the finished dish and what it looks like at various stages of preparation. It’s really designed for beginning chef (thus the name), so the recipes tend to be quick and simple to make.

CookingLight.com: This site is associated with the magazine of the same name. All of its recipes are on the healthier side, as the name implies. The one feature that’s nice is their seasonal tabs. Depending on what season it is (winter, spring, summer, or fall), you can look through recipes that feature fresh seasonal ingredients. They also group recipes by main ingredient so you can easily page through pictures of 10-20 recipes featuring that ingredient. When you find one that looks good, you can go to the recipe.

These are the sites that I use most often. There are lots of others. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at one of these, I suggest you just type your main ingredient, along with “recipes” in a search engine like Google or Bing.

I have found great recipes on these sites. Using them makes it easy to try new things and add to your favorites file. Even more important, it makes it easy to create healthy meals in a snap!

chef-michael

Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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