Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
Being a Mom is not an easy job
You do not only do things around your child, but also around your house and your work too. You must be a babysitter, a doctor, a teacher, a ‘taxi’ driver, a cleaner, a waitress and a chef too.
I bet the number one person who you make food for is your child, you want to make sure she/he gets proper nutrients to grow and stay healthy. And while being constantly on the go, you have no time to make meals for yourself.
So very often you start the day with a quick cup of coffee, your breakfast is around the lunch time, one more coffee, simple sugars come in the way of a few sweets maybe to keep you going, then maybe dinner happens eventually in the evening just before bed!
Make ahead meals for busy Moms
Being a busy Mom doesn’t mean that you can’t stay healthy anymore. Everything is about your organisation. I am mummy of two very active boys and I can tell you that it is possible to eat well and healthy. The best option is to prepare all your meals ahead in the evening.
You want it to be a quick and easy job and you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, there’s nothing easier than these few ideas below.
1tsp olive oil
2 tsp flour (you can go gluten free by using chickpeas flour or buckwheat flour)
100-150 g grated cheese
salt, pepper, nutmeg
pieces of ham (optional)
Heat up the oven up to 180 degrees. Heat up olive oil. When the oil is hot, add flour and mix quickly. Let it cool down for few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, mix and pour into muffin form. Bake about 15-20 minutes until golden. Tastes nice when cold as well.
Why not make traditional tuna and sweetcorn salad more adventurous?
2 cans of tuna
1 can of sweet corn
4 boiled eggs
5 pickled cucumbers
4-5 tsp of mayonnaise
It takes 5 minutes to open all cans, cut pre-boiled eggs and cucumbers and mix all ingredients with mayo. And it tastes incredibly.
Chicken curry salad
You love your curry and you could eat it all the time, but at the end of the day the sauce can be heavy. Why not to eat curry and not worry about empty calories from the sauce?
3 boiled chicken fillets – boil them in water with pinch of salt and tsp of olive oil, they will not be so dry
3 bananas – squeeze lemon or lime on them, so bananas won’t turn black
1 can of pineapple
1-2 hands full of nuts (peanuts, pistachio nuts or cashew nuts go really well with the rest of ingredients)
4-5tsp of mayonnaise
And again, cutting all ingredients into pieces and mixing with mayo takes about 5 minutes. Keep it in the fridge. It is delicious.
There is nothing easier than pre-heating the oven 180 degrees, pouring hot water into heatproof dish (about 1cm high) and putting in chicken or fish with vegetables wrapped in an aluminium foil.
You can use any fish you want to, or chicken/turkey fillets with 1-2 tsp rapeseed oil (depending on a size of fish piece) and vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli, or carrots and peas or Brussels sprouts and cook it for 25-40 minutes, depending on the size and type of meat.
In the meantime you can boil rice, cous cous or quinoa. Simple. The dinner is being made and you are free. And it tastes great when reheated.
Other interesting options
There are also as simple options as mixing any green leaves with pieces of cucumber, sweet pepper, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and smoked fresh salmon pieces. Before serving add 1 tablespoon of humus or pesto and the meal is ready and tastes divine.
The key is in good organisation and planning and you can make your life so much easier and healthier 🙂
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