Since I usually have 30 minutes or less to get dinner on the table, coming up with quick healthy options can be super challenging. On top of that, I absolutely HATE cooking and my husband is not home for dinner half of the time, therefore my efforts were pretty pathetic for the first 1.5 to 2 years of my child’s life. Though I somehow managed to give my daughter healthy meals, more often than I'd like to admit, I would collapse on the couch with a box of Cheez-its after bedtime. As my baby grew and started eating larger portions, this method no longer worked as well. I finally reasoned to feed her healthy food while I ate nothing was not the best message, nor was it healthy for me to continue this habit. So I began attempts to cook more and have dinner together every night. That being said, mac n’ cheese nights are still my favorite! Everything in moderation! The following tips are what I've found work best to keep me on track while dodging weekday burnout. Hope it helps!
2) Quinoa All the Time
If you have never eaten quinoa, please give it a try! It is super yummy, so healthy, easy to make and quick (only 15-17 minutes stovetop)! There are so many ready-made blends of vegetables and wild rice to mix things up as well. Add quinoa to any protein and veggies for a well-balanced, delicious meal. It also tastes great cold. Make a large batch and have some left over for lunch with avocado, oranges, and grape tomatoes. Yum!
3) Plan Vegetable Sides
Steamed or sautéed vegetables take 20 minutes or less. Shave and cut carrots, peppers, onions, etc. in advance, then store for use the first couple days of the week. Switch to frozen (Edamame, Veggie mixes) or no prep veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower) toward the end of the week.
There you have it. That's how I manage to survive the week without eating peanut butter and jelly every night. Hopefully, at least one of these tips was a new idea for you to try! For complete recipes, check out my Ridiculously Easy Recipe series.
How do you make dinners quick and easy? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for Reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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