What are some quick, easy, and healthy meals I can prepare?

Question by Chantal: What are some quick, easy, and healthy meals I can prepare?
I’m a beginner in cooking, so I wanna know some quick meals I can cook without hesitation. And if you know the recipe and steps, please include. Thanks so much and I hope me and my family enjoy the meals 😀

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Answer by Sharon

1 1/2 lb. chicken breast (cooked, diced)
8 oz. fat free sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 pkg. Ritz wheat crackers (1 sleeve)
1/4 c. butter

Spread chicken pieces over bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix sour cream and soup; spread over chicken. Crumble crackers and spread over cream and soup mixture. Melt 1/4 cup butter and celery seeds, or poppy seeds. Pour over casserole. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees.


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Fix, Freeze, Feast: Prepare in Bulk and Enjoy by the Serving – More than 125 Recipes

Fix, Freeze, Feast: Prepare in Bulk and Enjoy by the Serving – More than 125 Recipes

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Millions of shoppers save money buying groceries in bulk — trays of boneless chicken breasts, pairs of flank steaks, and flats of ripe tomatoes. But savings can quickly become losses if those bulk quantities spoil in the refrigerator or lie forgotten — unlabeled and unrecognizable under layers of ice crystals — in the back of the freezer.

Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik have built businesses teaching home cooks how to take advantage of bulk savings by shopping wisely; converting food purchases into delicious, healthful family dinners; and labeling and storing the meals for easy access on busy days. They share all their best recipes and organizational wisdom in Fix, Freeze, Feast, a cookbook every price-conscious shopper will love, and warehouse club members shouldn’t be without. With their help, home cooks will have freezers stocked with easy-to-prepare entrées, ready to be defrosted and cooked for weeknight family dinners. Imagine the comfort of knowing a homecooked meal is always available.

Each recipe includes instructions for dividing, preparing, and storing the raw ingredients, and a second set of simple directions for thawing, cooking, and enjoying the food. Designed for the way people cook today, Fix, Freeze, Feast meals are lighter and fresher than traditional bulk-cooking recipes, with a focus on simple stews and stir-fries, quick grilled or broiled main courses, and popular ethnic meals such as Beef Fajitas and Cashew Chicken Stir-fry.

Add to the entrées ready-to-bake cookie doughs, warming soups and side dishes, fruit smoothies, and portable kids’ snacks, and those warehouse club shopping trips begin to look more valuable than ever. This is a system that saves time, saves money, and saves families from the empty calories of takeout food. Make room in the freezer for next week’s dinner!

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Cooking Tips to Prepare Gourmet Meals in Your Own Home

Cooking Tips to Prepare Gourmet Meals in Your Own Home

Preparing professional gourmet meals can be a daunting task, but they are easy to prepare if you know a few good cooking tips. Prepare your ingredients before starting a recipe. In a kitchen, prep cooks spend their mornings chopping and slicing everything they need, including garnish and toppings. It’s no different when we cook at home, and a good idea to get organized before you plan and prepare a meal.

Using fresh and natural ingredients is key to creating a delicious and satisfying meal similar to what we’d hope for at a fine restaurant. Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to a dish, and so easy to do.  Some basic and readily available herbs to start with include basil, chives, oregano, sage, thyme, tarragon, parsley, and dill.

Many of us enjoy a fine restaurant quality meal at home, but think we lack the time or skills needed.  But it’s more than possible, and every day more consumers are discovering the secret to do so.  They begin with high quality, pure, ready to use gourmet stocks and sauces. Be wary of highly processed bases and sauces, though. Most are high in sodium and other food additives, so be sure to read the ingredient statement. The best quality is most often found at specialty and gourmet food stores, or online direct from the producer.

There are some staples of the kitchen and should always be on hand in the pantry: all-purpose flour, cooking salts, pasta and rice, vegetable and olive oil,  rice, vegetable & olive oil, a variety of vinegars (white wine, red wine, apple cider, plain and distilled), packages of high quality, natural, preservative and chemical free sauces and stocks (beef broth, chicken broth, mushroom essence), assorted spices and flavorings. A well stocked pantry with the absolute essentials makes it easy to prepare a dish on short notice. One tip that chefs use is to test new items you want to cook with by buying the smallest size and cooking with them first to decide if you want to keep them on hand in your  pantry.

Leftover cooking stocks and sauces can be naturally preserved by pouring into ice cube trays, placing in your freezer, and then remove them and put them in an air tight freezer bag for future use. Doing this saves preparation time for meals you prepare another day, and it’s a great way to stretch your food dollar. Date your freezer bags for future reference.


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How to Prepare Healthy and Delicious Meals – The Guide to Reversing Bad Eating Habits Forever

How to Prepare Healthy and Delicious Meals – The Guide to Reversing Bad Eating Habits Forever

With all the foods out there claiming to be low-fat or fat-free or cholesterol free and with all the conflicting research that one day says a particular food is bad for you and the next says it is good, deciding how to “eat healthy” can be extremely difficult.

But it doesn’t have to be that way … not anymore! Because of this book you can now get all the tips and information you need to know to eat a healthy diet from one convenient, inexpensive ebook.

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— One of the biggest keys to developing a healthy diet and sticking to it – you may be very surprised at what you read here!
— Why the saying, “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true – find out why these five words are words to live by here!
— How foods work together – and how to use this information to create well-rounded meals that will start boosting your health and energy in no time!
— How to plan healthy meals – planning healthy meals can be difficult, especially if you are cooking for a family who is stuck in a rut of unhealthy meals … however, read this important information and you’ll soon be able to have your family eating healthy without them really even realizing it!
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Reunion briefings prepare Families for Soldiers’ return – FMWRC – US Army – 100819

Reunion briefings prepare Families for Soldiers’ return – FMWRC – US Army – 100819
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Reunion briefings prepare Families for Soldiers’ return

Aug 19, 2010

By Jennifer Hartwig (3rd Infantry Division Ft Stewart)

FORT STEWART, Ga. – Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division have begun to return to Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and Kelley Hill at Fort Benning, after a year-long deployment. The initial reunion is full of hugs and happiness, but learning to be a Family again takes a lot of work.

There are always questions – will my Soldier be different? Will my Soldier still love and need me? Will my Soldier want to spend more time with battle buddies than his Family? When will things feel like normal again?

Whether a Family is going through the redeployment process for the first time or the fourth time, these questions are normal and come up with each deployment, according to Linda Moseley, Stewart-Hunter Army Community Service Mobilization and Deployment Manager.

Even if you’ve been to a Family reunion briefing in the past, Moseley said it is important to attend before your Soldier returns home this time, as well.

"We’ve been through so many deployments as a division so these Families, a lot of them, have been here for quite a few deployments," Moseley said. "But I think our approach now is multi-faceted – we’re offering so many more services through the new resiliency training, the new programs that are available through ACS. We’re using other programs and services as well as re-created a series of additional programs. ‘I think before it was simply a briefing and that was it."

Moseley said that this time around, there are many topics discussed in the briefings, and programs offered by ACS, that weren’t available in previous years.

"We talk more about intimacy and the relationship; we talk more about connections and connectivity between you and your spouse; and we talk more openly and freely about household problems," she said. "In the past, we’ve addressed domestic abuse or perhaps traumatic brain injury or PTSD, but [this time] we’re making it so it’s simply understood by every Family – that if you notice a change in your Soldier or yourself, then it’s easily identifiable, and you can seek help early on."

Each unit that is deployed has or will offer 9 or10 Family reunion briefings once the unit is within the 90-day window of returning.

The briefing touches on many of the major questions people have, and gives those in attendance tips on how to make the reintegration process less problematic.

The briefing, given by Moseley or another ACS mobilization and deployment specialist, teaches Family Members to have realistic expectations about how life will be once their Soldier returns, and to talk about what your expectations are before the Soldier comes home.

"Families have to get used to each other again," Moseley said. "Expect that things will be different than they were prior to the deployment."

One spouse, who attended a Family reunion briefing, July 23, was anxious to learn what to expect when her spouse returns from their first deployment as a couple.

"We’re learning how to cope with our spouses once they get back; the dos and the don’ts," said Frankie Andrews, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews, 3rd ID command sergeant major. Though it is not Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew’s first deployment, it is the first he and Frankie have been through together. "We’re learning the different symptoms our spouse may have; how to deal with drinking, anger, dealing with their children. We (each) need to be a good, understanding spouse; we need to be patient."

The briefing deals with health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and depression, and how to recognize those symptoms in both your Soldier and yourself. Also discussed is how to deal with sharing of experiences – what do you do if your Soldier tells you too much? How do you deal with your Soldier if he or she won’t talk about their experiences at all? Moseley said that you need to work it out as a couple – discuss how much you want to know, and also realize that, though you don’t know their experiences for the past year, they don’t know yours, either. It will take time to adjust to being together day-to-day again, she said.

For those with children, ACS is offering – for the first time – child-specific programs during this time of readjustment leading up to the return of the 3rd ID Soldiers, including Sgt. Rocky’s Neighborhood, a puppet show that helps children deal with issues in an age-appropriate setting.

"We haven’t had many child-specific programs in the past, and this [redeployment] we have the Sgt. Rocky program, and for the first time we’re incorporating pets into the household," Moseley said. "A child receives and copes differently and so when we have these animated characters that come to life the parents enjoy how the material is presented and the children seem to absorb it better."

For one spouse, the topic of children was one that is especially important in her Family.

"(The topic) most important to me is I think the interaction with our Soldiers and children," said Cassandra Spaans, who has a five-year-old daughter with husband Sgt. Dean Spaans, Headquarters and Headquarters Services Company, Division Special Troops Battallion, 3rd ID. "I know how to deal with myself; sometimes you just don’t know how to deal with the emotions of the child and how they’re going to interact with the spouse and Daddy coming back."

Sergeant Spaans has been deployed for two-and-a-half of the past three years.

"This briefing isn’t just because that your spouse is coming back, it’s also giving information on how to deal with being separated for a year, and how to mold your lives back together," said Cassandra, who is the HHSC Family Readiness Group leader. "We’ve been living our separate lives, and we need to get back together, and this [briefing] is actually giving us ideas on how to do that."

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield ACS is offering workshops for the 90-, 60- and 30-day intervals before homecoming. The ACS mobilization and deployment specialists want to ensure that everyone realizes that reintegration is a process for the Family as a whole.

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Healthy Meals and Snacks Kids Can Prepare For Themselves

Healthy Meals and Snacks Kids Can Prepare For Themselves

When your family is in a rush, and you need the kids to help prepare their own snacks or meal, it’s tempting to have prepared foods for them that are quick to eat, but don’t have as much nutritional value as you would like.

Instead of stocking up on expensive pre-packaged snacks (with unsuitable ingredients) that they can quickly grab, this is a good opportunity to teach your kids to prepare quick, healthy foods for themself. The times your kids are busy is precisely when they need the most nutrients. If they’re old enough to use a stove on their own, they can learn to prepare healthy foods that will keep going them going a lot longer than a bag of chips or a handful of cookies.

Here are some quick healthy meals and snacks kids can prepare for themselves, or for the whole family.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a good choice for breakfast, hot lunch or dinner, or even an afterschool snack. Eggs are a health food that supply high quality protein and other nutrients kids need.

3 eggs

3 tablespoons of milk or water

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

Break eggs into a small bowl. Add the milk, salt and pepper. Mix everything well with a fork. Make sure the egg yolks are broken up and the yolks and eggs are well mixed.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, then tilt the skillet so the melted butter coats the bottom.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook over low heat. Stir continuously to keep the eggs “scrambled.” Cook until the eggs look firm.

Whole Grain French Toast

French toast is another quick healthy snack or meal. Your kids can eat it topped with pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff!), fruit syrup, or even peanut butter.

1 egg

¼ cup of milk

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon butter

4 slices whole grain bread

Break the egg into a small bowl. Add the milk and salt and mix well with a fork. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Dip both sides of the bread into the egg mixture until they’re well soaked. Then place the bread in the skillet and cook until the bottom turns brown. Flip the bread over with a pancake turner and brown the other side too.

Skillet Whole Grain Spaghetti

Instead of putting a couple of frozen pizzas in the oven, the kids can make a quick spaghetti supper on their own. This is a meal the whole family can share before rushing out the door on a busy night.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½ cup chopped onion

1 pound ground beef (preferably grass fed)

3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce

1 ¾ cups water

1½ teaspoons sea salt

½ teaspoon dried parsley

½ teaspoon dried basil

1/8 teaspoon pepper

8 ounces uncooked whole grain spaghetti

Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet. Cook the chopped onion and ground beef in the oil until brown. Stir and mash the meat with a fork to break up lumps.

Stir in the tomato sauce, water, salt, parsley, basil and pepper. Heat to boiling.

Break the spaghetti in half the stir it into the sauce gradually. Stir the spaghetti to keep it separated.

Once the spaghetti’s in, cover the skillet with a tight fitting lid. Lower the hit and let it simmer for 25 minutes.

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