Tips for Really Easy Dinners

Some days are so rushed that taking even 30 minutes to prepare dinner is too much time. For days like these, try speedy and healthy options such as:

  • Canned tuna sandwich on whole wheat, tossed salad and cut-up cantaloupe
  • Scrambled eggs, cinnamon-raisin English muffin and applesauce
  • Frozen whole grain waffle, turkey sausage and an orange
  • Salmon burger on a roll with corn and green beans

Whole wheat pita stuffed with lean roast beef, spinach and tomatoes, prepared coleslaw and grapes

Pasta with prepared marinara sauce, carrot sticks and a banana

The Benefits of Dinner Together

Preparing and eating dinner together as a family creates many positive food and nutrition opportunities. Here are a few of them:

  • Introducing new foods to children
  • Practicing conversation skills
  • Passing on family recipes to the next generation
  • Learning about colors and textures of food
  • Having fun with weird ingredients
  • Taste testing herbs and spices
  • Talking about different food cultures
  • Playing a guessing game about foods