Why Dinner?

Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day dinner is what sustains you through the night. Which in most cases is 6 to 8 hours each night. Even at rest your body tends to burn fat although not even close to what it does when you are awake because you tend to be moving some way when you are awake. People look at suppers today as what is the fastest meal to make. Where do they go:

  • Fast Food
  • Processed Food
  • Microwaveable snacks (pizza rolls, frozen dinners and box meals)

So many people are looking to restaurants and fast food for their next supper. NO. No matter what the menu says they are worse for you than eating your own home cooked meal at home. You know what you put in and cook with at home. They can tell you it is cooked with olive oil till they are blue in the face and turn around to use vegetable oil because it is cheaper and more cost effective for the business in general. Another thing is pasta. Although a very tasty dish and one that can be prepared thousands of ways the carbs in it are a no. Never fry. They grease is nasty. Ok try this, Cook a piece of chicken in oil. Make sure there is enough to really fry it. Remove the chicken and let the grease sit for about an hour. Go back and look at the grease. That is what you were going to put in your stomach. Not a pretty sight uh? As in with breakfast men tend to eat more than women and children. At this meal the children probably eat the least amount unless it is a teenage boy and he will eat mom under the table. Dinner is the biggest meal of the day. This is the meal that takes the most preparation. Try grilling. It entraps the flavor and gives it that nice hint of charcoal taste. Women tend to eat more fish than men. Fish is a very good food to eat. It is high in nutrients and vitamins.

Women and What's for Dinner

As said before women tend to eat more fish than men. Women are more prone to worry about their weight than men so eating right is always on the top of their list. The best side to go with fish is rice. Try a brown rice pilaf instead of the white rice which is loaded with carbs. Last follow up with a green steamed vegetable like broccoli or snow peas with low fat melted butter. The following recipe will show you how to cook a low fat delicious meal.

Fish with lemony salsa

  • 4 fillets of fish (salmon, tilapia or cod preferably)
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded low fat parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 cup green onion sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lime

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix bread crumbs and cheese. Coat both side of fish with mixture and put on a baking sheet. Mix all other ingredients and place in a rounded ball on top of fish. Bake for 25 minutes or until fish is flaky and done...

Cilantro rice

  • brown rice
  • 1/2 juice lime
  • 1/2 cup dices cilantro

Directions: Cook rice according to package. While warm add other ingredients.

Men and What's For Dinner?

Like before a man needs his protein. What kind of man doesn't like steak? If grilled it is a good red meat that men love and enjoy. Try pairing it with sweet potato fries sprinkled with cinnamon.

Steak with garlic butter glaze

  • USDA low fat steaks of any kind
  • 2 teasp. Garlic powder
  • 4 tablesp. Softened low fat butter

Seasoned meat tenderizer (can be found at any grocery store under $2)

Directions: Combine butter and garlic powder. Scoop out with melon baller. Place in plastic wrap and put into fridge. This should be done a couple hours in advanced so the butter forms into a little ball. Season steak with meat tenderizer and grill on grill till it is done to temperature you like. Put ball of butter on steak when it is fresh off the grill and still really hot. Butter will melt on the steak.

Kids and What For Dinner?

If your children are anything like the kids now they are picky little eaters and are finicky about everything on their plate or stuff touching each other. One of kids favorite dishes is chicken nuggets. Try this low fat and easy recipe:

  • Crunchy nuggets
  • 4 chicken breasts all white meat
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 cups special K cereal (put cereal in zip lock bag and grind into tiny pieces)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Dip in egg and then Special K. Put on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Kids think they are nuggets and they are not even fried.


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