When you’re a mom that automatically means that your plate is pretty full (pun intended). Between balancing work and home, tending to your kid’s busy schedule, and still finding a bit of time for yourself, the hours can easily fly by on a daily basis. So, it’s completely understandable why you may have sat in a fast food drive-thru or used your microwave a bit more than you would have liked over the years.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re someone who would like to provide your children with home-cooked meals more often, but you’re not sure how you can do it in a way that is both healthy and quick, we have a few recommendations for you (that you can make in under 10 minutes) right here:
Bean burritos. Have you ever ordered a burrito from Taco Bell? You usually got it pretty quickly, right? That’s because they really aren’t that hard to make. All you need is some tortillas, some refried beans (that you can actually make yourself, if you’d like), some cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. If you serve it with brown rice, you have a fun Mexican-themed meal that your kids will thoroughly enjoy.
Lettuce wraps. Pulling from more of an Asian theme, lettuce wraps are great because they are filling but also low in calories. Just wash off some fresh lettuce leaves and stuff them with chicken breasts, shredded carrots, celery and fresh bean sprouts and put a bit of couscous on the side. (Stir fry is another Asian dish that is fairly easy and quick to make too.)
Veggie burgers. Whether you’re vegetarian or you would simply like your kids to get a bit of a break from meat consumption, veggie burgers are a fun alternative. Food companies like Morning Star make great ones known as Grillers and they even have a really well-seasoned bean burrito. Then all you need to do is provide some whole grain buns and some oven baked fries (along with all of the burger fixings) and you’re all set.
Big salads. If you’ve gotten home so late that you’re tempted to go to www.just-eat.ie and order take out, consider simply putting together a big salad. The wonderful thing about this option is that you can make all kinds from a chicken Caesar salad to a taco salad to even a salmon salad. Food.com, SouthernLiving.com and Delish.com all have a wide selection of salad recipes to choose from.
Scampi. A scampi dish is always a tasty one. All you need is a meat like shrimp or chicken, along with some lemon, garlic, herbs and a bit of olive oil. In a non-stick skillet, put all of the ingredients in and cook it over medium heat for about five minutes. Then you can serve it over sautéed vegetables (such as squash or cucumber), low mein noodles or rice.
With all of these dishes, just add some fruit juice mixed with a bit of mineral water and some fresh fruit with frozen yogurt for dessert, and you will have a meal that was healthy, tasty, quick and for your kids, fun to eat. Delicious!