Natural ingredients are the way to go when preparing simple meals at home. With so many fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery stores, there's no need to rely on processed foods or preservatives.
Here are three recipes that use natural ingredients to create delicious and healthy family meals.
Roasted Veggie and Spinach Quiche
This quiche is a great way to incorporate fresh vegetables into your family's meal plan. Start by preheating your oven. Then, cut up any combination of your favorite vegetables — bell peppers, onions, broccoli, carrots, and potatoes are all great choices.
Toss the vegetables in a bowl with some olive oil, salt, and pepper until they are evenly coated. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven until they are lightly browned.
Meanwhile, make the quiche filling by whisking together large eggs, milk, fresh spinach, onion, salt, and black pepper. Grease a pie plate and line it with roasted vegetables. Then, pour in the egg mixture and bake for a few minutes or until the quiche is golden and cooked through. Serve it with a side salad or vegetables for a complete meal.
Vegetarian chili is a hearty, satisfying dish that the whole family will love.
Start by sautéing garlic and onion in a skillet until they are fragrant and lightly browned. Then, add in your favorite fresh vegetables — bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, and tomatoes all work well.
Continue cooking until the vegetables are softened, then add in a can of diced tomatoes, black beans, and your favorite chili seasoning. Simmer the chili for a few minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
To make this dish even more filling, feel free to add in some cooked quinoa or brown rice. For added flavor, serve the chili with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro.
Mediterranean pasta is a delicious, simple meal that comes together quickly. Start by cooking the pasta according to the package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, and olives.
Sauté the garlic and onion with a bit of olive oil for a few minutes, then add in the diced tomatoes. Simmer for a few more minutes until the tomatoes are softened, then mix in some kalamata olives, capers, and dried oregano.
Season the sauce with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt. Once everything is blended together, add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve the pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes, and a side salad for a delicious family meal.
Visit a local natural grocery store to browse your options.