Quick healthy dinner recipes are essential to planning meals for a busy homestead family. Even if the family is a downsized family of two! Dinner brings us together for a connection. Sharing the food we grow and prepare at home or purchase locally gives us nourishment to do our work.
It’s no mystery that as our family’s grow and change direction, our meals need to adapt. If we don’t adapt we can find ourselves staring at an empty oven at 6 PM, wondering how to salvage dinner time.
Quick Healthy Dinner- Our Needs Change
As empty nesters, we face this scene too often for my comfort. Yes, we could go out since it’s now just two of us and not too costly. However we prefer to stay home, most nights. Both of us still work, plus the farm and other obligations find us seeking a quiet evening after the days work. Eating at home means we know exactly what we are eating. Knowing what went into the meal is becoming more and more important to us as we strive to stay fit and healthy. Some families have diet restrictions or concerns. Having meals planned helps to ensure a good meal is on the table, and no family members health is jeopardized.
What I Need for Quick Healthy Dinners
Meals that require a little prep time to deliver a tasty, hot, dinner in less that an hour fill many of our needs. These recipes are what I find myself searching for more and more. Quick healthy dinner recipes can be prepared in the oven, crock pots, and pressure cookers. One dish meals are delicious and nutritious even on the most hectic school, work, harvest, canning, sports days.
In addition, many of these recipes are perfect for teaching beginner cooks how to prepare a meal from fresh ingredients, instead of a box. Having more than one cook in the house is always a good thing!
While I am not good at planning or organization, having ingredients on hand helps. Then, add a stack of recipes that can be pulled together quickly, and I am saving dinner time and avoiding take out food.
Recipes From Our Kitchen and Others
Chicken Chile is a crock pot recipe that takes little time to throw together. Allow 4 hours for it to cook in the crock pot. It uses cooked chicken, so save some from a roast chicken, or cook ahead of time, and place in the freezer. Then quickly assemble this recipe and go on with your day!
But Wait! There’s More!
I asked some of my friends that blog, to share some recipes with me for this post. Mouthwatering ideas popped into my inbox! Please click the photos or the link provided to get to the original post.
This one popped up in my news feed recently on facebook. I follow the site Grow a Good Life and was thrilled to find a recipe that I had all of the ingredients in the house ready to make! We had this for dinner that same night and it was delicious! You can substitute the veggies to suit your taste and preference. I am looking forward to trying it again with fresh from the garden summer squash.
Nothing says quick like a ready made batch of sloppy joe filling. Grab the rolls and salad and everyone is fed! Here’s the trick. This recipe was intended for pressure canning. When I made my batch, I froze three cups in zip lock bags in the freezer. It takes little time for the small amount to thaw and we had yummy sloppy joe sandwiches in no time!
From 104 Homestead.
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