Fast healthy food for the family

I have to admit, my husband and I are horrible eaters. Everything we eat is high in salt. I am trying to figure out healthy foods to cook that are fast and easy. I work full time, and by the time I get home, I don't have time to cook a good meal for all of us. My son usually eats first, then we cook something for ourselves. I am bad about this, and I know it is something I need to work on. But, I need help trying to figure out what to cook.

Do you have any suggestions, reccomendations or anything to help me cook good meals that are low in sodium. I find all of the "good" foods we like, that are easy to make are bad for us! (that is why they are easy to make, huh?!)


Sue Gilbert

Sue Gilbert works as a consulting nutritionist. For many years she worked with Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, integrating nutrition and... Read more

You are definitely not alone with your situation! I have three cookbooks to recommend to you that may help. All deal with QUICK cooking and do not require you to be a gourmet cook. Actually, they are good for non-cooks. After all, it is the non-cooks that probably need the most help in this area, since those who know their way around the kitchen are pretty adept at throwing together something quick that is also tasty and nutritious.

  1. "The 2 Ingredient Cookbook - The Easy Way to Make Delicious Meals Fast" by Adeline Rosemire.
  2. "The 5 in 10 Cookbook - 5 Ingredients in 10 Minutes or Less"
  3. "Express Lane Cookbook - Real Meals for Really Busy People" by Sarah Fritschner, published by Chapters Publishing, 2031 Shelburne Road, Shelburne VT 05482.

Even if the meals are not appropriate yet for you son, it would be nice if you could let him join you at the table, at least for the socialization aspect of eating. Perhaps he can eat a snack in his high chair while you fix dinner and then you can all eat together. Hopefully there will be at least one thing on the table that you can offer him, or at least modify a little to make it appropriate for him.

This is the best way to get him used to eating as a family and to increasing his variety of food to include those foods the rest of the family is eating. Perhaps too it will inspire you to be sure the foods you and Dad are eating are healthy, because you know you are being watched, and because you may be sharing the food with a very important person!

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