Cooking easy meals for the entire family can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to ensure that they’re healthy.
But it is possible if you focus on simple recipes and don’t put pressure on yourself to make everything perfect, says Daphne Oz, a cookbook author and MasterChef Junior judge.
“The kitchen, to me, is actually a place to relax, I think it’s because I keep it easy on myself… I don’t try to make it too fancy,” said Oz, who is a mom of four and daughter of TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz. “I just want something filling and healthy whenever possible, but delicious first and foremost.”
It’s easier to stay healthy and make good choices if the meal options are actually flavourful and not boring, she told hosts on Global News’ The Morning Show.
One of her favourite easy meals to make is a vegan zucchini soup that works well for leftovers as well.
The recipe includes one zucchini, roughly chopped, onions, tarragon, vegetable broth and a small amount of white wine. It won’t take more than 30 minutes, said Oz.
“This is one of those recipes… that brings the family together, which is always how I approach the kitchen,” she said. “You can make a big batch of this and it freezes really beautifully.”
How to introduce more healthy eating at home
Many of us are dependent on processed or take-out meals, which can contain high fat or salt content, said registered dietitian Andrea D’Ambrosio in a previous Global News report.
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