So, by reading this headline you’re probably thinking, “How does a frozen TV dinner have anything to do with insurance?” We will explain in a minute, stay with us! Statistics have shown that it isn’t calories, fat, or carbs that are bringing on that extra weight…. It’s SALT!
All types of food, nowadays, are just filled with salt, especially pre-made meals, restaurant entrees, and fast food. However, the worst food that contains the most amount of sodium is the frozen TV dinner. Feeding your kids too many or you scarfing a few down a week can lead to serious issues with your health insurance.
We know that frozen TV dinners are handy when you are running around all day and are busy with work and the kids. We understand that the last thing you want to do when you get home is spend an hour cooking a meal. So, to have a quick dinner and avoid the unhealthy amounts of sodium, we have a few quick dinner options for you to consider.
Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken from Frozen Chicken:
Slow cooker dinners are super easy and we have a recipe where you don’t even have to thaw the meat. Throwing this quick and easy meal in the crock pot will make your life a lot simpler… and healthier!
- Simply place your frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the crock pot
- Top with a jar of salsa and a brick of cream cheese
- Add salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally
- When you get home from work put on a pot of rice and in ten minutes serve your chicken over the rice
This is a quick and easy dinner and it stores very well in the fridge, tasting better as leftovers the next day!
Pasta with Tomatoes and Pine Nuts:
Nothing compares with a fast and easy pasta dish. Cooking pasta really only takes 10 minutes and topping it with healthy vegetables and nuts will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and add 8 ounces of pasta cooking until al dente, drain and then return to the pot
- While the water is boiling, combine 2 medium diced tomatoes, 1 clove of minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Add tomato mixture to the pasta and toss
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve sprinkled with pine nuts
Not only does this take 15 minutes, but your kids will love it. Remember, you don’t want to put that extra sodium into your children’s diets.
Gnocchi Skillet with Sausage and Tomatoes
Late, busy nights call out for easy food that is also vibrant and fresh. This skillet meal is an easy 15 minutes containing only a handful of ingredients. Gnocchi is fun to eat and fits perfectly in your mouth; you can even buy it precooked which is easy to just throw into the skillet.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil
- Add sausage- about 9 ounces and whatever kind your family enjoys, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Push the sausage into a pile on one side of the skillet and turn heat up to high
- Add 1 pint of sliced cherry tomatoes and cook until they are blistered then stir in with sausage
- Stir in 1 pound of gnocchi and cook until the mixture is combined and brown
- Remove the skillet from heat and add salt, pepper, and basil to taste
Serve warm. This dish is delicious with some Parmesan cheese, however, if you are looking to watch what you eat just give the Parmesan to the kids. This dinner is fast and you may even want to make it a weekly thing.
Martha Stewart (www.marthastewart.com)
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