A quick survey of my friends showed the usual New Year resolutions.
- *Lose weight
- *Spend more time with the family
- *Get the kids eating healthier food
- *Save money
- *Pay off the credit card
- *Travel more
- *Take up a new hobby
What if I told you that the key to nailing your New Year resolutions this year is as simple as making a commitment to eating at home with the family?
“Too easy!” you say, “So what’s the catch?”
The catch? No catch, you just have to cook the meals yourself.
Not convinced eating at healthy home cooked meals will solve all these problems?
Let me show you in more detail:
Lose weight: You have more control over food you prepare at home. You’re less likely to go overboard on the carbs and you can watch the fat, salt and sugar content too. Go for fresh, simple food and do as little to it as you can. Combine this with a gentle exercise routine of say, 30 minutes brisk walking a day, and the weight problem will virtually solve itself.
Spend more time with the family: We’re all so busy these days, but if you can make a house rule that everyone is home at a certain time for dinner (at least some of the time), then you get the value of sharing a meal together as well as sharing some time together.
Get the kids eating healthier food: As you take care of your own resolution to lose weight the kids will benefit too from the healthier food. The only difference is that active kids and teens need more carbs than you do, so give them a serving of low GI brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or wholegrain bread.
Save money; Pay more off the credit card; and Travel more: I’ve lumped these three together because they can all be solved the same way. Once you are regularly eating at home, buying unprocessed foods, and not forking out a fortune on fast food and take out, you’ll notice a welcome side effect on your budget. You’ll be starting to save money. Money you can put away for a ‘rainy day’, put on the credit card, or save for a decent holiday. Every little bit helps, and in my experience raw fruit and vegetables and other unprocessed foods are much cheaper to buy than food that just needs to be heated and served.
Take up a new hobby: Yes, why not join the fastest growing movement in the western world and really get into cooking your own food! You don’t need to produce restaurant quality food every night. Who needs that kind of pressure! All you need is to allow yourself to enjoy food, fresh food, with as many of your senses as you can muster, and share the enthusiasm with your family.
Oh, and a source of easy dinner recipes never goes astray. I can help out there too, so be sure to check out my website for heaps of free recipes as well as tips on healthy eating.
So, what are you waiting for? Will you be going to next years New Year’s Eve party knowing that you’ve failed to keep your resolutions again?
Or are you going to enjoy ticking them all off this year? You’ll never have to make a resolution again…or you could have some fun cultivating a whole set of new vices!
About the Author: Nerida Murray is an editor. Nerida says home life is all about kids, pets and food! Life should be enjoyable, simple and nurturing for the whole family. She is passionate about helping families to get the most out their home life and researches and writes articles on everything from toddler toilet training, to teenager depression, to choosing unique pet names, and easy dinner recipes.
Easy Dinner Recipes for the New Year
Here’s some EASY Recipes for a week that we wanted to share:
Easy Dinner Recipes One Week
This week of easy dinner recipes includes family favorites that are sure to please. Our easy dinner recipes are easy to make and are absolutely delicious.
Enjoy a full week worth of easy dinner recipes including entrees and side dishes.
Day One Easy Dinner Recipe
2 cups macaroni
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup
1 can tuna
1 small package cream cheese
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup milk
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup grape nuts
2 tbls margarine/butter
Cook macaroni per package directions. In casserole dish mix cream of celery, softened cream cheese, milk until smooth. Add tuna, garlic, dry mustard and onion. Stir in cooked macaroni. Melt margarine and mix grape nuts into the margarine. Spread mixture over top of casserole.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Day Two Easy Dinner Recipe
BAKED PESTO CHICKEN
ANGEL HAIR PASTA W/HERBS
Baked Pesto Chicken:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ c basil pesto
2 plum tomatoes
shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Cover cookie sheet with foil. Put pesto and chicken in bowl. Toss until chicken is covered. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Place slices of tomato on top of chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Bake another 3-5 minutes.
Serve with a box of angel hair pasta and herbs and French bread.
Day Three Easy Dinner Recipe
CHILI COKE ROAST
GARLIC GREEN BEANS
Chili Coke Roast:
1 can Coca-Cola
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 bottle chili sauce (I use BBQ sauce)
Place all ingredients in crock-pot and cook for 7-10 hours depending on size of roast. The meat will flake apart when done. Serve over mashed potatoes.
Garlic Green Beans:
Two cans regular green beans, drained
2 TBSP Butter
Heat green beans in saucepan with one tsp. garlic powder and 2 tbsp. butter.
Day Four Easy Dinner Recipe
BACON AND CHEESE QUICHE
HOME FRIED POTATOES
Bacon and Cheese Quiche:
1 9 in. Pillsbury pie crust
1 T. butter
12 bacon slices, crumbled
1 bag mixed cheese
2 C. heavy cream
3/4 t. salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread crust into pie plate or quiche plate. Spread crust with butter. Sprinkle bacon and cheese on crust. Beat eggs w/ rest of ingredients. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes. Turn down to 325 degrees and bake 40 more min. Let stand 10 min.
Home Fried Potatoes:
4 red potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and green pepper. Cook, stirring often, until soft; about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Pour remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Add potato cubes, salt, paprika and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are browned; about 10 minutes. Stir in the onions, green peppers and parsley and cook for another minute. Serve hot.
Day Five Easy Dinner Recipe
HONEY PECAN PORK CHOPS
BAKED SWEET POTATOES
Honey Pecan Pork Chops:
1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin, pounded thin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour for coating
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1. In a shallow dish, mix together flour, salt and pepper. Dredge pork cutlets in the flour mixture.
2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chops, and brown both sides. Transfer to a warm plate.
3. Mix honey and pecans into the pan drippings. Heat through, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over cutlets
Serve with fresh baked sweet potatoes and buttered broccoli.
Day Six Easy Dinner Recipe
EASY CHICKEN STROGANOFF
Easy Chicken Stroganoff:
2 T butter
1 lb chicken breast cut in strips
2 C. mushrooms
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 C. sour cream
4 C. egg noodles
Cook chicken in 1 T butter. Remove. Cook veggies in remaining butter. Stir in soup and sour cream. Heat until boiling. Return chicken. Heat thoroughly. Serve over noodles, with a tossed salad and buttered Italian Bread.
Day Seven Easy Dinner Recipe
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 jar pizza sauce
2 tubes refrigerator biscuits
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the beef and drain. Stir in pizza sauce and simmer. Quarter the biscuits and place in a 13-in x 9-in x 2-in greased baking dish. Top with beef mixture. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and bake 5-10 more minutes.