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Healthy Family Dinner Planner

Make The Whole Deal value guide your starting line for healthy family meals! Just like with sports, practice is one secret to success in preparing and enjoying healthy meals on a budget. This easy-to-follow planner, with a week's worth of easy Health Starts Here®recipes and meal ideas, will earn cheers while saving you a pretty penny. All of our Health Starts Here recipes celebrate naturally flavorful whole foods with no extracted oils or refined sweeteners. Score! MONDAY: Veggie Monday Create your own veggie burgers by replacing patties with grilled portobello mushroom caps (marinate in balsamic vinegar for an hour ahead if you have the time). Serve with raw veggie sticks. TUESDAY: Turkey Tuesday Add a healthy kick to a family favorite with Turkey Sloppy Janes. Serve on sprouted whole grain buns with a green salad on the side. WEDNESDAY: Get Your Greens Brown sliced onions in a large dry skillet then stir in cooked cannellini beans and a bunch of chopped leafy greens. Cover and cook until heated through. Toss with chopped fresh tomatoes and basil or parsley. THURSDAY: No-Cook Night Visit our salad bar for pre-washed and -prepped greens and vegetables in a rainbow of colors. Toss with heirloom tomato, fresh basil, a little feta cheese and raspberry vinegar. Serve with Health Starts Here™ hearth bread. FRIDAY: Fish Friday Enjoy the best flavors of summer in Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa. Serve with quinoa or brown rice. WEEKEND: End-of-Summer Sizzler Top grilled lean grass-fed steaks with fresh chopped herbs and garlic and serve with a big platter of grilled veggies like peppers, summer squash and corn on the cob. If you want, download a PDF of the dinner planner or take a look at the entire The Whole Deal Value Guide online.  You’ll find coupons, deals, meal ideas and more! If you want to get your kids in the healthy eating game, download this coloring sheet to help them (and grown-ups!) visualize a serving size for fruits and veggies. Post it on the fridge where all the family can see. If you’re a fan of these healthy meal ideas, we’ve got almost 200 more Health Starts Here™ recipes on our website. How do you make healthy meals part of your family’s game plan? We’d love to know.

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Cathy says …

Great ideals, the food looks so healthy and delicious. I also enjoy quinoa as part of a healthy meal for variety. There is pre -washed , wheat free and gluten free 100% whole grain found in your stores. Just a super food to add to your lifestyle.