(Family Features) - As autumn settles in, more families enjoy meals at home - nearly 80 percent are prepared there as opposed to eaten in restaurants. But with on-the-go kids in school and extracurricular activities, there's less time available for busy parents to cook. Factor in the desire to provide appealing meals that are also healthy, and it's no wonder why many busy parents struggle for evening meal solutions.
But moms and dads can excitedly proclaim "dinner's almost ready" by adding turkey to their menu.
"The reality is that busy families can have it all - they can serve simple suppers that are easy to prepare, and they can ensure great-tasting, nutritious meals by simply adding turkey to those favorite dishes that parents already routinely cook," said Jennifer Bushman, author of several Kitchen Coach cookbooks including Weeknight Cooking and Weekend Cooking. "Everyone will love the taste of turkey in these meals, and parents can feel great about the nutritious, high-protein benefits turkey offers the family."
A variety of simple-to-prepare meals - many of them regular family favorites - are every bit as tasty and provide a healthy choice when made with turkey. Try sloppy joes using ground turkey for a saucy and satisfying, yet protein-packed, family pleaser. Experience a zesty taste of the Southwest with easy turkey enchiladas. And break out of the ordinary routine with Italian turkey sausage and pasta - a quick, one-dish wonder that is sure to tantalize the taste buds.
Another way to add a touch of "super" to a best-loved dish is to create fabulous lasagna with ground turkey or Italian turkey sausage (sweet or hot). Turkey is also a prime-time performer when used in spaghetti with ground turkey meat sauce. Sign up for a "Turkey Recipe of the Month" e-mail newsletter and find hundreds more turkey recipes at www.honeysucklewhite.com or www.shadybrookfarms.com.
Superfood. Super easy.
Naturally protein-packed, turkey is a lower fat, healthier choice than many other meal options. In fact, turkey is the only meat named a "superfood" by Steven Pratt, MD, a food and health expert and co-author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life.
In his book, Dr. Pratt states that turkey is "a perfect example of a twenty-first century `healthy' protein source ... and provides multiple nutrients which help build a strong immune system."
For on-the-go parents, it's easy to incorporate "superfoods" into simple-yet-super meals. Find delectable recipes that combine turkey with more of Dr. Pratt's superfoods, including spinach, tomatoes, beans, walnuts, oats and yogurt, at www.honeysucklewhite.com and www.shadybrookfarms.com.