What’s for dinner? Where are we eating dinner? Do we even have time for dinner?
Between after school activities and lessons, healthy family dinners often take a back seat. Yet, family meals are so important!
Sitting down to a meal after a busy day is an amazing “RESET”. No matter how big or small your family is, they offer a time for sharing stories, learning manners and eating nutritious foods. And if you have kids, research shows the benefits go further to helping improve dietary intake and mental & physical health…including lowered risk of substance abuse and the prevention of disordered eating.
Despite these benefits, eating a meal as a family can easily become a rare occurrence…found only at holidays or when celebrating special events. Don’t feel guilty…it happens…but with proper planning you can make time for family meals throughout the week!
Check out the following article for simple tips to put your meal back on your family agenda 🙂
We’re well into the back to school groove…slowly getting adjusted to the lunch making routine and the need for speedy dinners. How have you been making out? Maybe it’s still feeling a bit overwhelming…and that’s okay! Sometimes it can take a couple weeks to get back into a routine.
Keep things simple …especially during times where a lot of change is taking place. First place to keep it simple is…in the kitchen! Don’t overcomplicate your life with elaborate weekday meals. Here we have a delicious Pear & Apple Chicken Salad Wrap that can easily be made as a quick weekday dinner…or even for work/school lunches if you have leftover chicken from the night before! Enjoy 🙂
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked in garlic and lemon juice
- 2 cups of salad greens of your choice
- 1 Bartlett Pear, washed, cored and sliced
- 1 Gala Apple, washed, cored and sliced
- 1/8 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 celery stalk, chopped finely
- 4-6 whole-wheat tortillas
- 4 Tbsp. of Mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. chopped dill
- 2-3 Tbsp. Feta Cheese (optional)
1. Cook chicken at 375 F in oven for about 40 minutes – until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Slice into bite sized pieces and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise with the chopped dill to make a dressing.
3. Wash and chop apple, pear, red onion and celery.
4. Spread each tortilla with the mayonnaise mixture. Divide the salad greens and bite sized chicken pieces between each tortilla. Top with apple, pear, red onion, celery and feta cheese.
5. Fold the sides of the tortilla to enclose the filling.
Place in a container for school lunches. Make sure it’s kept in the refrigerator or a cooler if going to be in room temperature for more than 2 hours!
Anyone on a Summer health kick? How’s it going?! ..perhaps patio has tempted you in more ways than just leaving work early! These are all hurdles to eating well that we go through on a regular basis. You have the BEST intentions but then there’s a road block. Not to worry – there are ways to avoid these slips. Check out this article from Chicken Farmers of Canada I wrote about Eating Slips You Should Avoid …Get on track to healthy eating one step at a time…and don’t be too hard on yourself!!!
Keep shining 🙂