Moms know it can be a real struggle to put together a meal for the family, especially if you have kids or a hubby with special nutritional needs like sensitivities to gluten or dairy. Or maybe everyone has different preferences — one of your kids is vegetarian, you're trying to avoid carbs, and your oldest son loves spicy food while the other ones can't stand it. What's a mom to do? We've got some fun, creative ideas to keep dinnertime cohesive while catering to everyone's individual tastes and preferences. Plus check below for some delicious recipes that everyone will love!
Stuffed Peppers allows you to be creative with your ingredients, offering something for everyone, and giving you the traditional Italian flavors you love. For any vegetarians or vegans in your household, substitute lean ground beef with quinoa or crumbled tofu browned with savory spices. Chicken Alfredo Florentine tossed with fettuccine noodles is also a great option for meat-adverse diners as you can serve the chicken on the side and get plenty of flavor with a rich, creamy fettuccine sauce that everyone will be sure to love.
Trying to keep your meal light and pack a punch with the veggies? Then zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash noodles are your secret weapon! To prepare Zoodles, use a julienne peeler to make the zucchini into noodle-like pieces then sauté in hot olive oil and spices for one minute. To prepare spaghetti squash, cut it in half and bake in the oven, then simply scoop out the insides! Trust us, you won't miss the carbs.
Again, we love Stuffed Peppers when looking for healthy options with plenty of flavor. If you have a family member who is watching his or her waistline, serve a low-calorie spaghetti sauce on the side for the flavors you love while keeping the dish light on the calories.
Get the creaminess of cheese without the tummy problems! Did you know you can make a cheese substitute out of nuts or even zucchini?! You can also buy cheese alternatives at your local grocery and top half of your stuffed peppers with real cheese and half with cheese substitute so your whole family can pick and choose.
Spicy Or Not
Have both adventurous and not-so-adventurous eaters in your household? Stick with classic flavors like an Alfredo sauce or a traditional tomato sauce and add from there for the family members who like a little pizzazz. Some recommendations? Add a little Sriracha sauce on the side that anyone can mix into their stuffed peppers or bake feta cheese and jalapeños as a sort of garnish that anyone can use to instantly spice up their dish. For those who like blander flavors, serve stuffed peppers inside of tomatoes instead of a pepper and serve sour cream on the side to cut the spice.