3 Easy Recipes to Keep American Families Cooking

easy recipes cooking at homeHere's the good news, people: Low- and middle-income Americans are cooking at home more and more often. Additionally, these same families are putting a value on healthy food and cooking up healthy meals for everyone the majority of the time, food deserts be damned. While we usually talk about the opposite -- the ease of low- and middle-income families picking up fast food instead of cooking at home -- these numbers show a different story.

Perhaps we can thank the food revolution that's been going on in this country for this turnaround, as now 78 percent of the surveyed families reported cooking and eating meals at home at least five nights a week. At least four of those meals were made from scratch, and 85 percent of the respondents reported that eating healthy was extremely important to them.

Way to go, America! Doing our part to keep this upward trend heading in the right direction, here are three easy, healthy meals you can make for not so much cash.


Spinach Enchiladas

We make these at our house, and even though it sounds intimidating, after you do it once, you can do it in your sleep.


1 TB olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag or bunch of fresh spinach
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Monterrey jack cheese, plus more for covering
12 corn tortillas
1 bottle enchilada sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil over medium heat; add garlic and cook until soft.

2. Add spinach and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until wilted. Let spinach cool.

3. Mix ricotta, sour cream, and one up of Monterrey jack together in bowl. Add cooled spinach to mixture.

4. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray, preferably olive oil, but any kind will do.

5. Soften tortillas if necessary, by moistening tortillas. Place around 3-4 tablespoons of cheese and spinach mixture into each tortilla, roll, and place in baking dish side by side.

6. Pour entire bottle of enchilada sauce over tortillas, covering evenly. Cover evenly with grated Monterrey jack cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.


Mustard Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Brussels Sprouts Ragut

Yeah, that sounds amazing and complicated. Yet in 20 minutes, this healthy dinner can be on your plate.

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe & Chickpeas

Grains, vegetables, protein -- all this deliciousness mixed together and served in only 30 minutes.

How often do you cook at home?


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