Diet plays a very important role in your health and wellbeing. During the holidays, health probably isn’t at the top of your priority list. Even if you don’t have enough time to eat a sensible dinner, you should probably make the extra effort in your busy day to find some time to cook a quick and easy healthy dinner.
Here, we are going to share 3 healthy dinner recipes to boost your health and to balance out some of the junk that you have eaten or you will probably eat during the holidays!
3 Tasty and Healthy Dinner recipes!
Who says healthy can’t be tasty? Dinner becomes even more meaningful when prepared at home and shared with friends and family.
So, get ready to cook some of the healthiest holiday dinners. Make sure to choose fresh, locally grown or organic products to prepare your meals.
1. Oven Baked Salmon:
You will be able to cook this meal in 20 minutes – it’s very easy to prepare and cook, and it will serve 4 people with ease.
- 12 ounce salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
- Coarse-grained salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Red wine vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet or in a non-stick pan with an oven-proof handle. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with the Toasted Almond Parsley Salad and squash, if desired.
Toasted Almond Parsley Salad:
- Mince the shallot and add to a small bowl. Pour the vinegar over the shallots and add a pinch of salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Roughly chop the capers, parsley and almonds and add to the shallots. Add the olive oil, tasting as you go. Mix again and adjust the seasonings.
(Recipe courtesy of Kathleen Daelemans)
2. Shrimp cocktail:
Nothing beats the shrimp cocktail as a delicious side dish to your healthy dinner. Spend only 38 minutes for this delicious and yet incredibly healthy dish.
- 10 cups cold water
- 2 medium carrots, quartered
- 2 stalks celery, quartered
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 1 head garlic, halved
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pound medium or large shrimp, in the shell, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Cocktail Sauce, recipe follows
- Lemon wedges
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 lemon, zest finely grated and juiced
- 4 teaspoons prepared horseradish, or to taste, drained
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce, to taste
- Put the water, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, lemon, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer, set a cover on top slightly ajar, and cook for 10 to 30 minutes.
- 2. Drop the shrimp into the liquid and turn off the heat. Cook the shrimp, stirring occasionally, until they curl and turn pink, about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes for medium shrimp, 3 minutes for large ones.
- 3. Drain and cool to room temperature. Peel the shrimp and remove the vein along the curve of the shrimp, if desired. Refrigerate if not serving right away. If refrigerated, bring the shrimp to room temperature 20 minutes before serving.
Combine the ketchup, lemon zest and juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Add hot sauce, if desired. Mix well, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve the shrimp with cocktail sauce in a medium bowl. Garnish with the lemon and serve.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
(From Food Network Kitchens)
3. Teriyaki Chicken:
This is one of my favorite healthy and tasty dishes. Teriyaki is originally a grilled dish, but teriyaki chicken will also taste delicious and moist, without the need of using a grill. The best part is your sauce will be made in the same pan.
You need to marinate your chicken, but it will only take you 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. It will easily serve and satisfy the taste buds of at least four family members.
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame seed or rapeseed oil (higher heat-tolerant oils)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 4 pieces of boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves or thighs
- Shredded carrot and cabbage
- Bean sprouts
- Rub the ginger and salt into the chicken. Let this sit and marinate for at least 30 minutes. Use a paper towel to dry the chicken, removing any excess ginger pulp.
- Heat oil in a round-bottomed frying pan or wok. Make sure to saute your chicken pieces golden brown, in medium heat, or they will burn before they are cooked. Flip over when one side is done.
- Prepare your teriyaki sauce by mixing honey with soy sauce.
- Add the shredded carrot and cabbage. Turn up heat, and let your chicken simmer in teriyaki sauce until vegetables soften.
- Add bean sprouts as a generous garnish when serving.
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Source: Alternative Health Concepts
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