Healthy And Fun Family Meals

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Healthy and fun family meals are quintessentially one-pot meals wherein you can put in a variety of nutrients and concoct a delicious stand-alone meal. These family meals are fun to cook as they are easy, less time consuming and simultaneously healthy. I would call them family meals because the entire family can sit and enjoy the one-pot meals together. Here are some recipes for one-pot family meals.

One-Pot Family Meals

Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is full of colorful ingredients and it tastes delicious. You can add any locally available vegetables to this easy-peasy rice dish.

Healthy And Fun Family Meals
Healthy And Fun Family Meals

Ingredients for Tomato Paste

  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 14 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup

Ingredients for Rice

  • 2 cups Rice
  • ½ cup of corn
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • ½ chopped carrot
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 roughly chopped garlic cloves
  • One onion chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Cook 5 tomatoes roughly chopped in a wok filled with 3 glasses of water. After 12 minutes, switch off the flame and peel the skin off the tomato and grind to a fine paste.
  • Soak the rice for half an hour
  • Take another wok and add garlic cloves and sauté them till golden brown.
  • Now add the ground tomato paste, salt, and pepper powder.
  • Cover over a slow flame until mushy. Your tomato paste is ready.
  • Heat another wok and sauté onions and garlic until golden brown.
  • Now add the soaked rice and tomato paste.
  • Next add all the vegetables, spices, and water in the pot and cover it. Let is cook over a slow flame for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, your Mexican rice is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Meatball Pasta

For those who have recently quit non-veg food, this delightful dish, although vegetarian, can curb your cravings for meat.

Healthy And Fun Family Meals
Healthy And Fun Family Meals

 Ingredients for meatballs

  • 8 oz cremini mushroom, finely chopped (225 g)
  • 15 oz cannellini bean, 1 can be drained and rinsed(425 g)
  • One small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups panko breadcrumbs (60 g)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped (20 g)
  • Three cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • A teaspoon of vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients for Gravy

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups vegetable broth(720 mL)
  • 14 oz full-fat coconut milk, 1 can (395 mL)
  •  1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  •  ¼ cup all-purpose flour(30 g)
  • 4 cups bow tie pasta, or pasta of choice (400 g)


  • Combine the mushrooms, beans, onion, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, dried rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, nutmeg, liquid smoke, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  •  Mix well with a fork, mashing the beans a bit to form a paste.
  • Heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and roll the “meatball” mixture and into golf ball-sized balls. Place the balls in the pan and cook for 1 minute on each side until browned.
  •  Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and flour, and gently stir until evenly combined.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the pasta. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce that coats the noodles and meatballs, 7-8 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

Whip up these one-pot family meals and enjoy family dinners with your loved ones.

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