A quick bite on your way to work, a working lunch, and grabbing take-out on your way home can wreak havoc on your health. But it’s a trap we all fall easily into. Some studies show that less than 20% of adults are currently meeting the USDA guidelines for a healthy diet.
Convenience is so important for time-starved people. Unfortunately, we’re starving ourselves of good nutrition. And we don’t have to.
Eating fresh home-cooked meals allows you to make healthier choices while spending less and supporting a healthy lifestyle. Eating at home allows you to control the amount and the quality of the food you eat. And it gives you total control of the calories you can consume which can be a real killer when it comes to eating at restaurants.
There are a lot of excuses for not eating at home. Most of them have to do with concerns about time and the lack of experience in the kitchen. According to a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal, the average American spends only 20-30 minutes preparing dinner each evening.
But these excuses aren’t worth risking your health. And the truth is, you can prepare healthy, tasty meals at home, quickly, with a little forethought and preparation.
To whet your appetite for some home cooking, we’ve gathered together 5 dishes that are quick and easy to make at home and are really good for you too, according to EatingWell.com.
Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo
Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249632/chicken-sun-dried-tomato-orzo/
Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil
This recipe is so beautiful and yet so simple to prepare—it’s perfect for entertaining. You just spread a side of salmon with minced garlic, sprinkle with fresh basil, then layer sliced tomatoes on top. Put it on the grill for 10 minutes and you’re done! http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250116/grilled-salmon-with-tomatoes-basil/
Sicilian Olive Chicken
This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes, spinach, olives and capers. Try Kalamata olives in place of the green Sicilians or a combination of both. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles with a mixed green salad on the side. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250346/sicilian-olive-chicken/
Carne Asada Tacos
These flank-steak soft tacos are so tasty and easy, they should be in everyone’s repertoire. Plus they’re made with fresh corn tortillas (not fried) and topped with a quick homemade salsa made with avocado, tomato, onion and a bright squeeze of lime. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250406/carne-asada-tacos/
Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms
Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252466/creamy-fettuccine-with-brussels-sprouts-mushrooms/
The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.
Source: Eating at Home Vs. Eating Out. 4 Compelling Reasons To Cook Your Own Meals.