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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 March 13, 2019

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                10. Find some competition.

                                                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                11. Go exercise.

                                                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                12. Take a good break.

                                                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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