HEALTHY MEAL PREP: FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINNERS

Each recipe features flavors from around the world.

Athletes know that planning out meals in advance is one of the keys to success in achieving wellness goals. That’s why we created our healthy meal prep series. Previously we shared tricks to make breakfast pizza and master bento boxes. This week, five weeknight dinners that will satisfy both kids and parents.

For busy families, dinnertime is often a scramble. After a long day of school and extracurriculars for the kids and work, errands, and exercise for parents, it’s tempting to fall into a routine of takeout and kid-friendly eats.

But your evening meal is actually the perfect time to experiment with adventurous ingredients and recipes, says Marissa Lippert, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist and owner of Nourish Baby, a food-delivery service for parents and newborns. “Involving your kids in meal planning and preparation gets them excited about what’s on their plates.” The following recipes incorporate flavors from around the world and include ways to get your whole family chopping, mixing, and cooking.

SUNDAY PREPARATIONS:

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Shop for all of the ingredients and allow two hours to cook. View the shopping list here.
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Cook the eggplant without losing its subtle flavor.

FIT CHEF HOW-TO: PREPARE AN EGGPLANT

When cooked, this veggie can taste bitter. For a more mellow flavor, peel and dice the eggplant, then lightly sprinkle salt and sugar on the flesh, Lippert says. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then sauté in a heavy skillet for 3 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat.

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Prepare all dinners.


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