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Promoting Family Wellness: 4 Healthy Meals to Cook with the Whole Family

Promoting Family Wellness: 4 Healthy Meals to Cook with the Whole Family | Best Dallas Dentist

The coronavirus pandemic is upending life for families, not just in America, but throughout the globe. As schools and other major establishments close, a lot of families find themselves at home, juggling childcare and other competing responsibilities. Another daily challenge would be figuring out what meals to plan for the family.

Understandably, most families are looking to processed foods and ready-to-eat meals as a low-cost way to feed the family. However, there are affordable, healthy, and convenient alternatives.

Dallas Dentist, Dr. Sarh Kong and the Dallas Dental Wellness team take your health and overall wellness seriously. At our practice, you aren’t just a patient. We take a personal interest in you and your well-being! As we face this formidable new challenge, evaluating every tool we have in our arsenal to lessen infections is key. Your body’s first line of defense is your immune system, and adopting some healthy lifestyle habits like eating nourishing foods will help supercharge your immune system to stave off infections and illnesses.

Healthy meals for the family are much simpler to plan if you have a bit of inspiration, which is why we have rounded up some healthy family recipes that you and your family can enjoy!

And remember, when practicing food safety at home, good personal hygiene and hand washing is very critical. Before you prepare or eat food, it’s essential to wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.

4 Healthy Meals that You Can Make At Home

Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few healthy recipes that are easy to make!

1. Chicken and Rice Soup 

Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a large pot. Add in six garlic cloves (finely chopped) and cook until they’re golden brown. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and add in 2 teaspoons of crushed pepper flakes. Set aside.

Add one tablespoon of vegetable oil to the saucepan and add in one cup of chopped onions. Cook over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent.

Pour in 8 cups of water and stir. Next, add in 2/3 cup of rice and one pound of boneless chicken thighs. Bring to a boil and reduce to low heat. Continue cooking for 20 minutes.

Transfer the chicken onto a plate and let it cool. Shred the meat with a fork while continuing to simmer the soup.

Remove pot from heat and divide soup among bowls. Drizzle with the garlic oil and serve hot.

2. Grilled Asian Salmon

Combine 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Place the salmon fillet in the bag and let it marinate in the fridge for one hour.

Preheat the grill. Once it’s hot, place the salmon onto the grill rack. Cook for 4-5  minutes on each side.

Pour the marinade into a bowl and microwave on high heat for 1 minute. Pour over the salmon fillet and serve.

3. Honey Lime Chicken  

In a large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of lime juice and one tablespoon of olive oil. Next, add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

Place 4 chicken breast halves into the bowl and let it marinate in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the grill to high heat and place the chicken on the grill rack. Grill for 5 minutes on each side. Add the reserved honey mixture during the last 2 minutes.

4. Baked Potato Soup

Place 4 cups of russet potatoes (cut into cubes) into a large pan. Add in 2 cups of chicken stock, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of diced carrots.

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Whisk one cup of milk with one tablespoon of flour in a bowl. Remove the soup from heat and pour in the milk mixture.

Return to heat and cook until it becomes creamy and bubbly. Serve with shredded cheese.

Cooking For the Whole Family 

And there we have it—four healthy meals that you can cook with the whole family! They’re all relatively easy to make too. 

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