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How to Prepare a Tasty and Nutritious Meal for your Family

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My family loves to eat healthy, but we like it to be tasty.

There is nothing worse than sitting down to a meal that is not-so-tasty.

My husband and I have made a big effort to feed our family tasty and nutritious meals each night and here’s how we do it.

How To Prepare A Tasty And Nutritious Meal For Your Family

Meal Planning is a Must

I have noticed when we meal plan, meals are so much easier.

Meal planning allows you to plan for what you will be making for dinner.

Ever since we have been meal planning, life has just been that much easier for us.

Especially since we are not going through drive throughs every night because have nothing planned for dinner.

Make it Something Everyone Loves

My husband and I sat down to create meals that everyone loves.

I dislike fighting with the kids at dinner about what they like or don’t like.

My family still tries a new food about once a month. However, we try and stick with foods that we love! This has helped my stress level a ton.

Spend time Preparing Food 

I have noticed that meal prepping takes about an hour each week.

This includes chopping up fruits and veggies.

I love it because that one hour of prep can literally help dinner go smooth the rest of the week.

If you do not currently do meal prep, add this to your weekly routine.

It will help you prepare tasty and nutritious meals all week long.

Get Creative with Cooking

I have noticed one thing while trying to prep tasty and nutritious meals for my family, you can get creative!

One source of protein that I like to add to a lot of our meals is turkey.

Turkey is a great source of creativity in many of my meals.

It can be put on salads, sandwiches, or even as a side dish. Turkey is a light and lean source of protein, which makes it the perfect companion for any meal.

There are so many upcoming holidays you can use Canadian Turkey in. Head to canadianturkey.ca to get all sorts of ideas for new recipes!

Keep in mind that you can eat Canadian Turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you are looking for a new turkey recipe make sure you try this amazing salad recipe.

Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain Salad with Parsley Pesto Dressing

Serves: 6 as a side or 2 as a main
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups farro grains
1 cucumber, diced
2 apples, diced
1 small can navy beans
1 red pepper, diced
¾ cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped kale
2 cups cooked turkey, cut into large chunks

Pesto Parsley Dressing

2 tbsp pesto sauce
½ cup loosely packed parsley
1 tsp honey
Juice ½ lemon
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For Salad

Cook the farro according to package instructions.
Season the butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until fork tender. Set aside to cool.
Combine all remaining ingredients.
Toss gently and season with salad dressing.
Serve.

For Pesto Parsley Dressing

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, hand blender or mini-chopper and blend.

TIP: You can use turkey breast or turkey thighs for this recipe. If you don’t have cooked turkey on hand, chop fresh turkey into chunks, season with olive oil, salt and pepper, and cook in a frying pan until browned on all sides and cooked through, 8 – 12 minutes.

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Potato and Cheddar Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Now that Fall is in the air and the days are getting cooler, Potato and Cheddar Vegetable Soup Recipe makes it’s way onto the weekly menu.

I love simple and flavorful soups and this hearty potato and cheddar vegetable soup recipe is just that.

Loaded with fresh veggies and cheddar cheese, this vegetable soup can be ready to serve in about 30 minutes.

What I love most about this soup is if you don’t have a certain vegetable, substitute for whatever you have in the fridge.

Peppers could be added, spinach and kale as well. This is the recipe that we love, and the boys will actually eat.

Serve with fresh bread and sharp cheddar (or even a jalapeno jack).

Potato and Cheddar Vegetable Soup Recipe

Freeze whatever leftovers you have and save them for another night.

This soup freezes really well and only needs reheating to enjoy.

Keep warm this Fall with this healthy potato and cheddar vegetable soup.

What you will need:

  • 2 large russet potatoes; peeled and quartered
  • 2 large carrots; cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3 stalks of celery; diced
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 large onion; chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube *or chicken
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 cups water

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Smokey Ham and Lentil Pasta Salad

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A lentil pasta salad may not seem like it should be a staple in your house but trust me when I say it should be.

With smokey ham and three different types of vegetables lentil pasta salad is a healthy side or main dish.

Kids and adults will enjoy it.

Smokey Ham and Lentil Pasta salad is also a great pick for your next potluck.

Just increase the amount of the ingredients as needed.

There is mayonnaise in the dish so it will need to be kept chilled but since it can be served cold it is still a good option for summer picnics.

Smokey Ham And Lentil Pasta Salad Recipe

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 8oz penne pasta, cooked & drained
  • 1/2 lb lentils
  • 1/2 lb ham steak, cubed
  • 1 small broccoli crown, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

To prepare the lentils, soak them for 10 minutes (even though the bag says no soaking required).

It will speed up the cooking process.

Remove any that float to the surface, these are more than likely dried up and do not need to be in your finished dish.

Drain the water and start fresh cooking per the bag instructions.

Add a few cubes of ham to the lentils while they cook.

When the lentils are fork tender (be careful not to over cook or they will be mushy), remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl- add the dressing and mayonnaise.

Mix well.

Add the pasta, chopped broccoli, diced red pepper, peas, cubed ham and cold lentils.

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Super Moist Apple Butter Banana Bread with Printable Recipe

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Super Moist Apple Butter Banana Bread with Printable Recipe

I’m not a pro in the kitchen, not even close.

With a  family of 4 to feed I am there what seems like constantly.

I love banana bread and thought I could elevate it by adding Musselman’s Apple Butter to the mix.

Adding Musselman’s Apple Butter to banana bread made the loaf super moist. It is a new staple in our house.

Ingredients:

1 c. Brown Sugar

1/2 c. Musselman’s Apple Butter

2 eggs

1 1/2 c. Mashed Banana

4 T. Milk

2 c. All Purpose Flour

2 t. Baking Powder

1 t. Vanilla

Additional Musselman’s Apple Butter for topping

Directions:

Mix Sugar and Apple Butter.

Add one egg at a time and beat well.

Add Mashed Banana and Milk and Blend

Mix together Flour and Baking Powder in a separate bowl.

Add to the other mixture and blend.

Add Vanilla and blend.

Batter will be thick.

Pour into greased bunt or bread pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Once cooled remove from pan and drizzle with melted Apple Butter.

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