Quick Cooker Pasta Bolognese

Weeknight Dinners—a Little Healthier

Are your weeks filled with after-school activities and homework with your kids? If you’re already tackling fractions and pronouns with them, why throw spinach into the mix? There are unexpected and creative ways to sneak veggies into meals without sacrificing flavor. And, when you haven’t had time to shop for that extra cauliflower for your Skinny Mac ‘N Cheese or the zucchini you intended to spiralize has gone bad, Enrichables can help boost family meals in a pinch.

Enrichables™ packets of Kale & Fiber or Pea Protein powders mix well into all the meals featured here and work with tons of other family-friendly recipes.

Try these great recipes to add an extra boost to some family-favorite meals.

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Add the health benefits of cauliflower to any meal by blending it into a smooth, creamy puree. The secret to getting more vegetables into family-favorite comfort foods is this cooking blender. That’s how we hid a whole head of cauliflower in this healthier shepherd’s pie recipe. Plus, add an Enrichables™ Kale & Fiber packet to the browned ground beef for the equivalent of two cups of kale and 8 grams of fiber. It’s made from two cups of freeze-dried kale and has eight grams of fiber from chicory root.

Cauliflower Shepherds Pie

Skinny Mac ‘N Cheese

Everyone’s favorite comfort food gets a healthier update with low-fat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese. Garlic and cauliflower provide added nutrition. Fresh cauliflower provides added nutrition to this usually carb-heavy meal, and, if you’re looking for more protein, you can easily add Enrichables™ Pea Protein to this recipe.

Skinny Mac 'N Cheese

Hidden Veggie Marinara Pasta

Make another version of a smarter, healthier pasta by using a high-powered cooking blender to add more vegetables to homemade marinara. Your family doesn’t need to know there’s a cup of carrots and a whole zucchini in this smooth, easy-to-make tomato sauce. And because it’s made in blender, adding protein to this recipe with Enrichables™ Pea Protein couldn’t be easier!

Hidden Veggie Marinara Pasta

Kale Pesto Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers can conjure images of dry, boring pucks. But the layers of flavor built into this family dinner standby will make everyone around the table sit up and take notice. In this recipe, pesto adds brightness and flavor as an alternative to ketchup and mustard.

Rather than spend money on a pricey store-bought pesto, make it yourself. By adding vitamin-rich kale and using less-expensive sunflower nuts instead of traditional pine nuts, you’ll serve up a tasty turkey burger that will impress the whole family.

Kale Pesto Burger

Bruschetta Pasta

You can’t go wrong with this classic Italian pasta. Plus, tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil are famous for their heart-healthy benefits. And, if you want to make it for a meatless Monday, but need to get some protein, mix an Enrichables™ Pea Protein packet into the bruschetta sauce. Then, top off the entire dish with some grated parmesan for a bit of calcium.

Bruschetta Pasta

Mexican Quinoa Bowl

This gluten-free vegetarian recipe is a one-pot meal loaded with veggies—bell peppers, zucchini, corn, and tomatoes. Plus, quinoa is packed with protein and black beans are loaded with fiber. Top it off with a slice of avocado for a burst of potassium, fiber, and the good kind of fatty acids.

Mexican Quinoa Bowl

Quick Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This dish is perfect for busy weeknights and these easy wraps boast tons of flavor with onion, jalapeno, garlic, and salsa. And, boneless chicken breasts score high on protein and low in fat. Mix a packet of Enrichables™ Kale & Fiber into the salsa before you serve it. The added fiber makes you feel fuller for longer.

Quick Cooker Chicken Salsa Lettuce Wrap

Quick Cooker Bolognese

When time is running short, but appetites are not, a pressure cooker and meal starter can save the day. Use ground turkey instead of traditional ground beef to cut down on fat. With tomatoes, onions, garlic, and celery, this tasty pasta sauce is filled with vitamins and nutrients. And if you want to make this dish even more nutritious, try adding a packet of Enrichables™ Kale & Fiber.

Quick Cooker Bolognese

5 Responses to Weeknight Dinners—a Little Healthier

  1. Julia Griffin August 21, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    Is that an instant pot you are using to cook the recipes shown, as well as the yogurt? Is is a Pampered Chef item?

    • Gayatri Hingwala August 27, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

      Julia – the recipes above are shown in the Quick Cooker – electric pressure cooker from Pampered Chef. I do make my own yougurt in my Quick Cooker all the time.

      • Julie Jones September 7, 2019 at 4:10 am #

        Gayatri- Do you mind sharing your yogurt recipe/directions? Thanks!!

  2. Jessica Bellinger August 23, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    It is our new Quick Cooker! You can get it 60% off this month if you host a party 🙂

  3. Kirstin September 13, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    Never thought of using ground turkey. Great recipe

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