Quick And Easy Meals For Moms
Sometimes it's just not convenient to make a huge meal. There's just no time between soccer practice, cheerleading tryouts and girl scouts. So, you start to panic about what it is you'll make for dinner on those busy days.
Sure, you could eat out or order in, but you're working on raising a happy and healthy family, so you want food options that are healthy and that you know what the ingredients are.
There are a few things that you can do to make dinners easier on the busy nights. Keep reading to find some simple recipe ideas, and some tips on how to prep ahead for the nights that dinner is really the last thing on your mind.
Early Prep Meals
When you know that a busy day is coming up you can prepare ahead of time by throwing some stuff together in gallon sized baggies that can be simply heated up or tossed into the crock pot.
Mix together the ingredients you need for chili, such as some pre-cooked meat, can of beans, stewed tomatoes and even the spices. Freeze the bag. When it's time to cook it you can just dump it into a pot with some broth and as soon as it's the temp you prefer it's time to eat.
You can use this trick for nearly any kind of soup. However, you probably don't want to eat soup for every busy meal, so it's important to know some quick and easy meals that can be made fresh on busy days.
Quick And Easy On The Day Of
A bowl of cold cereal does not make a meal. While leftovers can be heated up in a pinch, they aren't always available and there may not be enough for everyone.
Start out by always having some precooked or healthy canned meat choices in your home. Having some lean burger already cooked and separated for meal size you can cut down cooking time by a lot. If you don't have that, a can or two of tuna can also make a quick and healthy meat for family meals.
You can find a ton of great recipes online for almost anything, even for tuna. Bumble Bee recipes provide a great deal of easy meals ideas, including Oysters Casino, Salmon Salad Sandwich, and much more. You can also find some on Pinterest, which is also a great place to save recipes you want to try.
And, of course, a good well rounded salad is always a quick and excellent option. Toss in some cooked chicken, or even tuna, with your lettuce of choice. Add fruits and vegetables that the whole family likes. Go light on the dressing, or pick a vinaigrette. You can also add seeds and nuts for some great crunch.
Your family can eat healthy meals on the go, and they can be made fast at home without hours of prep and without a long cook time. Just take some time to plan out meals ahead of time, prep and freeze what you can, and keep some quick items like lettuce and tuna on hand.
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