Who likes finding easy and healthy dinner ideas that the whole family will eat? Seems like the impossible task doesn’t it? Sometimes it is. I have a fun and healthy recipe for you today that your whole family will eat. You can make this any night of the week as it is a quick meal to put together. I think it is the perfect dinner for Valentine’s day because of the red sauce used for dipping, but I know we will eat this many, many dinners this year.
You guys, this has to be the worlds easiest dinner! It was so stinkin’ easy to make and everyone at our house loved it! Of course they didn’t eat all the veggies, but they did pretty good and that is what matters to me.
I saw an idea similar to this in a magazine(affiliate link), but I wanted to make it a bit more healthy and tweak it to be things that I knew my family would eat. When I saw it in the magazine(Italian Fondue), I knew it was going to be our Valentine’s Day dinner because what seems more like a Valentine’s dinner than fondue?
To make this red sauce fondue for your family, select healthy items you know your family will eat. For my family, I used our favorite turkey meatballs from the frozen section at Trader Joe’s. I just had to throw those in the oven to cook (because I don’t like things cooked in the microwave). I added some Ciligene (fresh mini mozzarella cheese balls), red peppers, zucchini and bread.
I cooked the zucchini for a few minutes on broil in the oven. Probably about 5 minutes because I was starting with a cool oven. Had I preheated the oven, they would have taken less time to cook. I just wanted to cook them enough to be edible as we don’t care for raw zucchini.
I didn’t cook the red peppers for the pictures, however, when I went to warm everything up for my family to actually eat it, I did throw the red peppers in the oven. I just warmed them, they were still crunchy. We actually liked them that way.
Use your skewers(aaffiliatelink), of course I prefer re-usable but you could use disposable, and thread your meat, veggies and cheese onto the skewers. Alternate to make them look pretty. You could put the bread on the skewer, but I didn’t want to take a chance that it would get soggy since the Ciligene comes in water and is a little wet.
Cut your bread into cubes. We used a whole grain baguette.
The red sauce is just spaghetti sauce, so pick out whatever sauce your family loves and use that. The fact that they are dipping their dinner will make them love it and that fact that you can use a sauce you know they love, means they will eat it.
We tried a Puttanesca sauce since we love olives. It was OK, but not a hit with everyone, so we will try this again with our favorite sauce.
It was a crazy easy dinner to which I could easily add some Valentine’s touches. The dinner paired really well with the healthy snack I had for our afternoon snack. In addition to my loving how easy it was, I love that it was a healthy dinner AND that everyone ate it! You just can’t beat that…easy, healthy and fully tummies! Happy Valentine’s Day present to me! Oh and it also paired well with the adult Valentine’s appetizers I made for later that night as well as the wine I selected. Perfection!
You can download your copy of this recipe and enjoy this fun dinner with your family any night. What are your favorite quick and healthy dinners that the whole family will eat?
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