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It’s not always easy to get a balanced meal on the table each night. It would be much easier if our lives were simpler, but that’s just not the way things are for any of us. Days are filled with shopping, cleaning and school drop-off and pickup. In the evenings we’re running to after school activities, meetings and so much more. Now the business is magnified as the holiday season approaches. Busy families like ours can benefit from easy meal solutions – but fast food and takeout hardly ever include good-for-you veggies.
It’s important that we don’t skimp on the veggies. I would like my family to make a habit of healthy food choices, and here are my tips in achieving that!
Always Serve Salad
No matter what we’re eating, a crispy fresh salad always “goes”. I try to entice the kids by adding things they like such as shredded carrots, cheese and croutons. An easy way to have your salad ready to go? Prepare and store a week’s worth at a time by making salads in a large mason jar.
There are some veggies my kids just absolutely will not eat (kale, anyone?). This is when I get a little sneaky. You can easily hide the healthy greens in smoothies, homemade popsicles or even baked goods.
Meals with Built-In Veggies
Casseroles are a fantastic way to do this. Since school started, we have become increasingly busy, so some nights the only option is reheat and eat. I love MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls because not only are they a super easy to get dinner on the table but they’re delicious, too! New varieties include Chik’n Pot Pie, Chik’n Tikka Masala, Italian Sausage Bake, Japanese Soba Noodles, Moroccan Medley. These meals are vegetarian, but you certainly don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them!
They’re healthy, too! Veggie Bowls are made with Chik’n Strips, Steak Strips and Veggie Sausage Crumbles™. Chik’n Strips are 100% vegan, lightly seasoned with 23g of protein and only 150 calories. Steak Strips are also 100% vegan, lightly seasoned with 23g of protein and 150 calories.
I couldn’t wait to try one of my cold weather favorites, Chik’n Pot Pie and it did not disappoint. This is a great option for dinner and even lunch on a cold winter day.
Stock up on Packaged Veggies
Fresh is my favorite, but it’s not always possible, especially during the winter season. I keep my freezer stocked with heat-and-eat veggies to serve on the side or add to casseroles and make an easy stir-fry.