A great meal should do more than just impress your taste buds. For example, it should also be able to fill you up and provide nutrients that will contribute to your health. To that end, I thought I would share the top three delicious, filling, healthy, and easy-to-cook recipe ideas you really should try. Each recipe is family-friendly and versatile, fitting well as a lunch or dinner option.
1. Spinach Pasta Salad
Though light, spinach pasta salad is absolutely satisfying and delicious. Perfect for a side dish or dinner, this healthy Italian delicacy is an excellent source of lutein, neoxanthin, violaxanthin, and zeaxanthin. These potent antioxidants have strong immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties vital for your health. Having said that, here’s a 20-minute, 4-servings spinach pasta salad recipe for you to try. On a side note; this dish contains 385 calories per serving.
What You Will Need
i. A source of heat.
ii. A large skillet.
iii. A cooking stick.
i. A packet of cooked pasta.
ii. 8 oz. cut fresh baby spinach.
iii. 4 tbsp. butter.
iv. Seasoning: 1 tsp. dried basil, salt(to taste), and fresh ground pepper(to taste).
v. 1 tbsp. minced garlic.
vi. 1/4 cup milk.
vii. Garnish: Fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings.
viii. 2 oz. cream cheese at room temperature.
i. In the skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
ii. Next, add garlic and cook until fragrant or for about 30 seconds while stirring continuously.
iii. Then, add spinach followed by your seasoning ingredients, and cook until spinach is wilted or for 2 minutes maximum.
iv. Remove from heat and add your cooked pasta followed by cream cheese and milk.
vi. Thereafter, mix and stir until everything is well combined and cream cheese is melted.
vii. Finally, top with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings and serve warm.
2. Salmon with Dill Crema(Cream) Sauce
Salmon with dill crema(cream) sauce is very delicious and sure to whet your taste buds with a refreshing and subtle taste. What’s more, this delicacy is very rich in a health-promoting antioxidant known as “astaxanthin.” If that isn’t enough, it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have very strong immune-boosting characteristics.
Having said that, below is a doable salmon and dill crema sauce recipe that will result in 6-servings with only 418 calories per serving. By the way, don’t let the sheer number of ingredients required discourage you as this is a very simple recipe involving less than ten easy-to-follow steps. Plus it takes just 30 minutes overall.
What You Will Need
i. An oven.
iii. A heavy-duty foil.
iv. Baking gloves(optional).
i. 1 salmon fillet.
ii. 3/4 tsp. dill weed.
iii. 1/3 cup sour cream(for your dill sauce).
iv. 1/3 cup mayonnaise.
v. 1 tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning.
vi. 1 onion( sliced and separated into rings).
vii. 1/4 cup cubed butter.
viii. 1 tsp. lemon juice.
ix. 6 lemon slices.
x. 1 tsp. prepared horseradish.
xi. 1/4 tsp. garlic salt.
xii. 1 tbsp. finely chopped onion.
xiii. 1 teaspoon onion salt.
xiv. Pepper to taste
i. Line the pan with the foil, making sure to grease the foil lightly.
ii. Next, place the salmon chunk on the foil(skin side down).
iii. Thereafter, sprinkle with onion salt and lemon pepper.
iv. Then, top with lemon and onion.
v. After that, dot with butter and fold foil around salmon, tightly sealing the meat.
vi. Now, bake for 20 minutes at 350°.
vii. Next, open foil carefully, letting steam escape.
viii. Thereafter, broil until the fish flakes easily with a fork or for 8 to 12 minutes.
ix. Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients properly before serving your delicacy.
By the way, this delicacy and the recipe is offered by Home Chef. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of it because Home Fresh has got your back with alternative salmon meals and recipes that are equally delightful and healthy. With that said, you can check out this insightful comparison chart between the two vendors to choose your favorite vendor. Also, don’t forget to have a look at Sun Basket, another great option for your salmon recipe needs.
3. Grilled Beef with Rice and Broccoli
Grilled beef with rice and broccoli will supply your body with glutathione, lutein, and sulforaphane. These master antioxidants are sure to boost your immune system, keeping your health in check. Additionally, this absolutely mouthwatering delicacy is an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including iron and zinc, which are equally health-promoting.
A moderate intake of grilled beef with rice and broccoli can help promote many health aspects, including heart health, weight loss, and the immune system. Apart from that, it can help with diabetes management, iron deficiency anemia prevention, and immunity boost.
Having said that, here is a quick recipe for grilled beef with rice and broccoli that yields 4 servings. Each serving should be approximately 402 calories.
What You Will Need
i. A grill.
ii. A medium to large-size bowl.
iii. A medium to large-size pan.
iv. Skewer sticks.
v. A whisk.
vi. A garlic press.
vii. A cutting board.
viii. A measuring cup.
ix. A knife.
x. A piece of aluminum foil.
xi. A hand grater.
i. 1-1/2 lb. flank steak.
ii. 3 cups cut broccoli.
iii. 4 cups cooked rice.
v. 1 tsp. ginger.
vi. Teriyaki sauce: 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar.
viii. 1 garlic clove.
x. Pepper to taste.
xii. Olive oil.
xiii. Salt to taste.
i. Begin by preparing your teriyaki sauce: Put the pan on medium heat and add all the teriyaki sauce ingredients and whisk.
ii. Meanwhile, grate the garlic clove and ginger.
iii. Then, continue to whisk until sugar has dissolved
iv. After setting your sauce aside, wash broccoli and put aside.
v. Thereafter, cut the steak into bite-size cubes and place them into the bowl and pour about half the teriyaki sauce into the bowl to marinate the steak.
vi. Now, mix broccoli with olive oil, pepper, and salt.
vii. Then cover the broccoli mixture completely with foil and let grill for 15 minutes.
viii. Meanwhile, put the marinated steak cubes onto your skewers and set on the grill for 10 minutes turning them occasionally.
ix. Once everything is cooked, put the rice in a bowl, add the grilled broccoli and top off with a steak skewer. Remember to pour the remaining teriyaki sauce on to your dish and enjoy!
Spinach pasta salad, salmon with dill cream sauce, as well as grilled beef with rice and broccoli are all incredibly yummy, filling, and healthy. What’s more, these family-friendly delicacies with straightforward recipes are so versatile that they can perfectly serve as lunch, dinner, or in-between meal options. With nothing more to add, I hope these recipes work for you.