People are often surprised to learn that the Let’s Dish! meals they know and love are actually good for them. As I develop the monthly menus, I am fully aware that these are the meals you will be feeding your family. I want them to taste good (hey, we all know some picky eaters), but I also want them to be fit naturally into your health-conscious lifestyles.
Here are some of the principles I always keep in mind:
Fresh, high-quality ingredients: Whether it’s our all-natural chicken breasts or ice-packed, never-frozen salmon, I’m always on the lookout for top-of-the-line ingredients. We offer whole grain pastas, pitas and brown rice. Not only do they taste better, they’re better for you. Our vegetables? Always colorful and picked fresh. If we need to freeze them, we use the “individual quick freeze” method, which retains optimal flavor and nutritional value.
Information and balance: We want you to have the data for good decision-making. That’s why we make all nutritional information as accessible as possible, including fat, calories, Weight Watchers POINTS, etc. Each menu includes at least 4 meals that meet American Heart Association recommendations for heart-healthy living, and at least half that are 400 calories or less per serving. That said, we always offer our Decadent Molten Chocolate Cakes too, because, a-hem, nobody’s perfect. In any case, you’ll find all the info you need through the “i” icon on our monthly menu, or if logged in, on the My Cookbook page.
Portion control: At a time when portion sizes are inflating as fast as waistlines, our “dishes” generally provide 6 standard servings as stipulated by FDA guidelines. Our chicken breasts, for example, are 5oz each… which is what the government recommends. If you divide your “full” meals into 6 portions (e.g., 5 dinners and 1 leftover for lunch), you know you’re eating the “right” amount of food.
Convenience: What does convenience have to do with health? A lot. Families often make their worst health-related decisions when they feel trapped by their busy schedule (5pm piano lessons, 6pm soccer, 8pm PTA… sound familiar?). By making our healthy meals convenient too, we enable good decisions even when time is short and the drive-through is beckoning.
I am proud of how Let’s Dish! allows busy families to eat right, on a budget, with limited time. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the “comments” section below.