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Calorie-Controlled Meals That Your Family Will Eat
Written by July 2, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Calorie-Controlled Meals That Your Family Will Eat

Each evening as I drive home from work, running errands, or playing at the park with my son I’m faced with the dreaded question… “What’s for dinner?” Ugh. Something simple. Something healthy. And something fast. But not fast food.

Whether you have one mouth to feed or a whole family of mouths, the answer to this question doesn’t have to be difficult to come up with. There are many (almost too many) places to look for simple, healthy, and fast recipes that can often be made with the meat and fixings already in your kitchen.

Here is a collection of recipe web sites that The Cooper Institute staff frequently use to make meals that our families will eat:

All Recipes (www.allrecipes.com) – click on “Recipes” on the top navigation bar, then “Healthy Cooking” at the bottom of the left navigation bar for healthy appetizer, main, and side dish recipes as well as recipes for specific “diets” (low-calorie, high-fiber, low-fat, etc.).

Cooking Light (www.cookinglight.com) - healthy recipes and cooking tips (including videos) for every occasion.

Eating Well (www.eatingwell.com) – click on “Recipes” on the top navigation bar and search for meals that are everything from family-friendly to fast to perfect for two.

Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com) – click on “Healthy Eating” on the top navigation bar for a variety of low-fat, low-calorie recipes.

Health (http://eating.health.com) – click on “Healthy Eating” on the top navigation bar for healthy recipes and cooking and shopping tips.

Plan ahead and choose five to seven recipes to try over the course of a week (and shop accordingly) or browse for a recipe just minutes before you need it. 

What’s your favorite resource for healthy, tasty recipes?

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