Someone asked what some ideas are for food that families with children will enjoy.  Here are a few ideas.

Spaghetti. Make with spaghetti squash and a low-sugar marinara sauce, serve with grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon.

Turkey Burgers. 2 ½ lbs of ground turkey made with 2 finely-diced onions, ¼ red and ¼ green peppers, add in 2 packages of taco seasoning, a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, and two eggs.  Mix all ingredients together, weigh out into individual portion sizes, grill and freeze extras. It makes 10 servings and is SO GOOD! You could also make this into a meatloaf and cut it into 10 servings.

Tuna, turkey, or chicken wraps, no cheese. You can use mayonnaise for your fat and do melts/sandwiches for your family.

Marinated Chicken. We eat this a lot! You can buy the McCormick marinades, tenderize the chicken a bit, poke it full ofholes with a fork, and marinade it. 4 days in a Ziploc in your fridge.  Cook on the grill and you have the BEST, most tender chicken you have EVER had! ;-D

Beef Stir-Fry. My grocery store actually has a frozen bean mixture – white, yellow, and green beans with carrots. I buy sirloin steak at Costco in bulk and slice, season, and cook it.  Then I measure out individual servings of meat in containers and set it aside. Next, I sauté some onions and the frozen bean mixture in a few servings of olive oil, add in some eggplant, season it, measure out ½ cup servings, and then add it to the cooked beef. This is great to freeze for later!

Shrimp with Marinara Sauce and Steamed Broccoli. Again, boil and grill the shrimp.  Top it with a low-sugar marinara (we use our homemade marinara; we usually do a very large batch at once and then use it as we need) and we put just ½ of an ounce of romano cheese on it. Delicious!

White Chili. We use lentils, celery, onions, carrots, and green chilis and cook them in a crockpot until they are tender. You can add chicken, but the chilis really add a lot of flavor. And we use the mild ones for our kids. Then we do just a small amount of yogurt to give it the creaminess you are expecting. It’s awesome!!!

Black Bean Soup. Again, just black beans, onions, carrots, celery, seasonings – it’s awesome! Sometimes I add salsa, sometimes I don’t.

Black Bean Fajitas. Black beans cooked with shredded zucchini, onions, and fajita seasoning. YUMMY!

Vegetarian Lasagna. Steam or sauté your veggies (squash, zucchini, broccoli, etc.) and layer with cottage cheese and low-sugar marinara sauce.

No-Crust Quiche/Frittata. I don’t know the difference between the quiche and frittata, so I don’t know what you would call it. ;-D I just made this last week. I used eggs and egg beaters together, a little water for the fluffy egg/omelet effect, and then filled it with veggies – sautéed peppers, broccoli, onions, and fresh tomatoes. We served it with salsa. I added just ½ of an ounce of cheese to the top of each serving.

Tuna Boats. Believe it or not, my kids love these! We get romaine lettuce leaves and make up tuna salad with just tuna fish and mayonnaise.  Then we fill the “boats” with it and serve.  Sometimes I’ll do tuna boats for me and tuna melts for the kids, but they usually ask for mine!  Add a slice of avocado to that and you have a special treat!

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