Every day right now is very different for professionals all around the country. We’re finding ourselves working from home, often with two adults attempting to share a space not designed for a home office. At the same time, kids are home from school, and parents are thrust into the role of teachers while they’re trying to manage full-time jobs remotely. While we are adjusting, there are so many positives to consider if you’re healthy and safe at home.
If you’re forced to make home-cooked family meals, now is the time to get the kids involved. Even with limited ingredients found at your local grocery store, you can whip up some fantastic meals everyone will love. Here are 10 easy and (mostly) healthy recipes.
All you need for this easy meal is chicken, your favorite barbeque sauce, and sweet potatoes. Put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker all day for an easy set-and-forget meal. Bake the sweet potato until soft and top with the shredded chicken.
Another three-ingredient meal sure to please the kids is this easy chicken with an apple juice sauce. The apple juice makes the chicken nice and juicy and reduces to a sweet and delicious sauce.
You don’t just have to stick with pasta and red sauce out of the jar. Here’s a tasty pasta dish with Italian sausage and healthy spinach. Finish it with some parmesan cheese.
There are countless versions of mac and cheese, and it’s a perennial favorite for kids young and old. Even today, you should be able to find the simple ingredient to whip up a dish, and you’ll have leftovers, too.
Sandwiches don’t have to be just lunch meat and mustard. This twist on the classic BLT substitutes avocado for the bacon. Or, if you prefer, you can add the sliced avocado to the traditional sandwich for an extra pop.
We can only eat so much chicken during our times of sheltering in place. Another meat to consider adding to your shopping pork. Pork tenderloins come two to a pack so you can freeze the extra to make later. The options are endless, including roasted tenderloin with rosemary, and you can pair it with any side.
Honestly, a little shrimp and whatever kind of pasta you have on hand will come together to make a tasty dish that you and your kids will enjoy. Add tomatoes, cheese, or whatever else you have in the house.
The best part about turkey chili in the crockpot is you throw in whatever ingredients you have or what you like best. Black beans and garbanzo beans are a favorite here, but use any canned beans you enjoy.
If your kids want pizza, but you want them to eat more vegetables, here’s a great compromise. Zucchini stands in for the crust, and melty cheese and favorite toppings will satisfy any craving.
Tacos are a great and easy dinner, but you might be getting tired of the old standards. Healthy sweet potatoes and black beans make an excellent taco filling.