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January 22, 2014

A Portion of Health and Fun


Given the hectic season of life, the laser-focus on healthier living per New Year’s resolutions, and the fact we’re all pretty ‘creeped out’ about what’s happening with our health insurance costs, let’s chat about dinner. You want a healthy dinner, but you have time for a quick fix dinner. You want to be Rachel Ray in the kitchen, but you didn’t have time for a grocery trip today. You want the kids to say, “Mom this is awesome” but also feel good about what they’re eating.

Try these recipes out the next time you need a quick fix for healthy family dinners. Nobody has time, that’s why it’s time to get creative and crank up the sense of humor. Let’s go!


Flatbread Family Fun

Flatbreads rocks! There are gluten-free versions, if you’re so inclined, and various flavors and brands are available in the bread or bakery sections of most specialty grocery stores. Grab a few options for the clan, and grab yourself the latest People Magazine for your chill out time later tonight.

Flatbreads are simple and everyone is satisfied. Grab toppings for each of your loved ones. You know what they like and what they detest. Throw in some organic spinach to sneak into each before you bake them in the oven. No one will see you. Cover the spinach with a sauce or other topping. Don’t forget to grab your favorite toppings, too! Some of our favorites are fresh veggies, lean, grass-fed ground beef, and bacon for the teenager, but I buy turkey bacon and he never questions it.


On that note, if you don’t buy it, they won’t use it. Sure, they may ask for the (fill in blank), but you can always say you couldn’t find it and offer one of the healthier ingredients you did purchase. If they are hungry enough, they’ll manage. (Pick your battles.)

Family bonding time occurs as everyone designs their flatbreads. Ask embarrassing questions—that’s always fun for me. Ask about their favorite moment of today. Ask what they like most about you. (Kidding.) Sneak a glass of wine with your spouse, if one is available. If not, you’ve still earned a glass of your own. Put it in the sassy glass and toast to making it all happen today.

BEEP! Flatbreads are done! Have everyone grab a napkin and choose a seat at the table. Put someone in charge of grabbing waters for everyone. Deliver the flatbreads, and have a moment of gratitude for everyone’s health, safety, and other blessings you may want to share together. Enjoy dinner! Encourage everyone to try someone else’s flatbread to introduce diversity.


Fancier Then Flatbread Dinner Night

Okay, so flatbread fun won’t do for tonight. There’s something special to celebrate? Okay, enter simple, yet sassy, salmon here!


12 ounce salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces

Coarse-grained salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Toasted Almond Parsley Salsa, for serving

Baked squash, for serving, optional


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Grab a glass of champagne (or chamomile tea) for yourself and toast to your hard-working day. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet or in a non-stick pan. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with fresh or slightly steamed in-season vegetables. For children who need some more flavors, offers some Parmesan sprinkles and a sea salt/pepper mix on the table.


Serve in cute or fancy cups, dishes add celebration to the dessert, so if there’s something fun to celebrate (and isn’t there always something?) break out the fancy dishes.

Fit and Fun Dessert 

Blend frozen fruit of choice with protein powder of choice, coconut water, and chia seed. Even on a chilly night, it’s creamy, sweet goodness.

Don’t forget to put your super hero cape on before you start preparing dinner. That just never gets old.

Now, some food for the soul compliments of my husband, Captain Pruett:

“When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”  ― Henry Ford

Make today worth it, friends!  –Lacey Pruett