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31 Easy and Healthy Recipes For Family Meals

31 Easy and Healthy Recipes For Family Meals

1. Gluten Free Rice and Bean Casserole

Gluten Free Rice and Bean

    This healthy recipe is gluten-free, easy on the wallet, quick to cook, and delicious either alone or with a side — perfect!

    2. Light Pasta Bake With Chicken Sausage

    Light Pasta Bake with Chicken Sausage

      This nutritious pasta dish is made with whole wheat penne and plenty of tasty, cheesy vegetables.

      3. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole
      Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole

        This easy and healthy recipe is loaded with bacon and chicken — great for the whole family.

        4. Mango Fruit Roll Ups

        Mango Fruit Roll Ups

          These roll-ups are 100% fruit, and great snacks for your children to take to school.

          5. Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

          Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

            This stuffed shell dish is filling, nutritious, and simple to prepare.

            6. One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

            One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

              This healthy recipe is great for busy nights where you don’t have much time — simple to cook and only one pan to wash up!

              7. Sweet Potato Enchiladas

              Sweet Potato Enchiladas

                This healthy, vegetarian recipe takes under 30 minutes to prepare and is filled with black beans, sweet potatoes and chopped cilantro.

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                8. Vegan Coconut Banana Cheesecake

                Vegan Coconut Banana Cheesecake

                  This tasty recipe is one of the easiest (and tastiest!) vegan cheesecakes to make.

                  9. Baked Chicken and Orzo

                  Baked Chicken and Orzo

                    This chicken and mushroom dish is soft and tender — comfort food at its tastiest.

                    10. Paleo Orange Chicken

                    Paleo Orange Chicken

                      Make your own takeaway at home with this tasty recipe. Delicious served with steamed vegetables.

                      11. Easy Crockpot Fajitas

                      Easy Crockpot Fajitas

                        These tasty fajitas have minimal prep time and are bound to be a huge success with the whole family.

                        12. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

                        Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

                          A light casserole filled with quinoa, black beans, and cheese that you can enjoy without the guilt.

                          13. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

                          Frozen Chocolate Banana Bite

                            If your family loves chocolate, try this recipe for a healthy twist on snacking.

                            14. Roasted Vegetable Medley

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                            Roasted Vegetable Medley

                              This healthy roast is the perfect side dish for any family meal you are thinking of cooking.

                              15. Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet

                              Kielbasa and Cabbage

                                This dish is a great healthy recipe for busy school nights when you don’t have long to cook.

                                16. Peanut Butter Oat Bites

                                Peanut Butter Oat Bites

                                  These oat bites make a tasty, healthy snack.

                                  17. Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables

                                  Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables

                                    This recipe is a healthy choice for beef lovers.

                                    18. Easy Cheesy Tex-Mex Skillet

                                    Tex Mex Skillet

                                      This healthy Tex-Mex recipe is bound to be a success with your whole family.

                                      19. Chicken Broccoli Crescent Roll

                                      Chicken Broccoli Crescent Roll

                                        This tasty roll is great for dinner and putting in your children’s lunch boxes.

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                                        20. Burger in a Bowl

                                        Burger in a Bowl

                                          This healthy burger in a bowl recipe is gluten-free and easy to make.

                                          21. Vegan Shepard’s Pie

                                          Vegan Shepard's Pie

                                            This vegan recipe is a healthy alternative to shepard’s pie, filled with flavor and nutrition.

                                            22. Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach

                                            Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach

                                              This decadent, cheesy dish is ideal for colder nights.

                                              23. Cheesy Zucchini Rice

                                              Cheesy Zucchini Rice

                                                This zucchini rice is very easy to make, requires only one pot, and is delicious served with almost anything.

                                                24. Pineapple Sorbet

                                                Pineapple Sorbet

                                                  If your family has a sweet tooth, try this pineapple sorbet recipe. To make your presentation extra impressive, serve the sorbet up in the pineapple itself!

                                                  25. Lentil-ese

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                                                  Lentil-ese

                                                    This healthy recipe is a flavorsome alternative to bolognese.

                                                    26. Roasted Vegetables and Black Bean Tacos

                                                    Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Taco

                                                      These tacos are healthy, vegan, and great for the whole family.

                                                      27. Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

                                                      Mango Sorbet

                                                        This healthy recipe is a light and refreshing dessert, ideal in warm weather.

                                                        28. Healthy Mexican Sweet Potato Skins

                                                        Mexican Sweet Potatoes

                                                          These tasty potato skins can be served hot or cold — perfect for lunch or dinner!

                                                          29. Low Calorie Graham Cracker Coconut Cookies

                                                          Graham Cracker Coconut Cookies

                                                            This recipe is a great healthy alternative to normal cookies and it only has four ingredients!

                                                            30. Vegan Chili Mac

                                                            Vegan Chili Mac

                                                              This vegan recipe is filled with pantry staples, and is amazing comfort food.

                                                              31. Lentil Joes

                                                              Lentil Joes

                                                                This tasty take on a classic is cheap and easy to make, not to mention always popular with children.

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                                                                Last Updated on December 2, 2019

                                                                10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                                10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                                Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                                                In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                                                These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                                                1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                                                Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                                                But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                                                Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                                                2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                                                You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                                                The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                                                3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                                                If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                                                Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                                                If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                                                4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                                                Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                                                To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                                                In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                                                5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                                                We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                                                If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                                                Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                                                “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                                                6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                                                When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                                                One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                                                So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                                                7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                                                Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                                                Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                                8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                                                When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                                                So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                                                9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                                                Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                                                It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                                                It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                                                10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                                                There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                                                But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                                                Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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