For some brokowskis, eating can be a challenge. Because not everyone can just wolf down a burger and fries for lunch, and then eat pizza and beer for dinner. In fact, there are a lot of us whose diets are one of the singular most sources of stress that we have. No matter our body type or our lifestyle.
That’s why eating right and living a healthy life are important to filling all of a brokowski’s wishes, dreams, hopes, activities, and loves (physically and metaphorically). Think for a second what life would be like without fishing, without football, without good friends, without everything.
Which brings us to dinner…
One of the best parts about dinner is that you can experiment with what works for you, for your body, your life. If you have special eating needs, are lactose intolerant, don’t eat gluten, or have restrictive ingredient requirements, finding what works best for you is all a part of the experience of cooking a great dinner.
Here are some great dinner ideas and healthy recipes for a one-of-a-kind menu.
Are you or a family member gluten free? If so, then try one of these healthy (and very easy) alternatives.
Appetizers: Smoked almonds; walnut crackers with fig; butter-toasted hazelnuts; baked brie.
Sides: Gravy; corn and green bean casserole; cabbage salad; green beans with radicchio and caramelized onions; wild rice and mushrooms
Entrees: Gluten free alsatian brined roast turkey; Crock Pot maple ham; Beef tenderloin with port sauce.
Desserts: Salted caramel hot chocolate; pumpkin pie; gluten-free gingerbread cookies; or even just buy sweets from the gluten-free bakery.
Are you a calorie counter or just want to start eating healthier? Then try out this menu:
Sides: Red cabbage salad; spiced pecans; romaine and radicchio salad.
Entree: Slow-cooked provençal beef stew.
Dessert (yeah, dessert too!): Citrus ginger cake with spiced orange compote.
… and finally, the Pièce de résistance (that’s French, brokowski).
If you are lactose intolerant and want to go Italian, then try out this recipe for a dairy-free lasagna that’ll knock your socks off.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tablespoons chopped oregano
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 x 12 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 2 oz margarine
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups soy milk
- 4 oz chive soy cheese
- 6 oz dried lasagna
- Heat oil in a saucepan add garlic, oregano, and onion. Add beef. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring, until beef is brown.
- Add tomato paste. Cook 1 minute. Add wine. Cook 2 minutes. Add tomato. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking dish. Melt margarine in a saucepan. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Add milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Cook, whisking, for 2 minutes, or until thick. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.
- Arrange 1/4 lasagna sheets over base of prepared baking dish. Spoon one-quarter beef mixture over bottom. Spoon over 1/2 cup white sauce. Repeat, finishing with remaining white sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Stand for 10 minutes. Serve.
It’s that easy, brokowski! Now get out there and make a difference.
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