Ok, I'm a working mom. I work full time and don't get to pickup my daughter from daycare until 5 pm. She is usually hungry for dinner around 5:30. I don't usually eat dinner. For a while she was happy to eat oven baked chicken nuggets, or mac and cheese, or, sometimes, chef boyardi spaghetti.
I want her to eat a bit better, she's growing up well, she's a very smart baby, and I would love to be able to give her more nutritious meals.
The problem is that I don't really have a lot of time to prepare said meals. I pick her up from daycare at 5, get home about 5:10, she want to eat between 5:30 and 6. I don't have a lot of time to prepare stuff the night before either, since she demands a lot of attention and I go to bed about 1 hour after she does.
Any ideas for nutritious, quick, dinners?
Answer by Anna92464 at 9:26 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
Crock pot meals are a God-send for the working mom - I'm putting a pork roast into mine this morning. There are tons of crock pot ideas out there. Another quick meal for my family is tilapia, couscous and steamed veggies. I just cook the fish on the stove top with a little bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and an herb (often dill) - the fish literally takes less than about 5 minutes to cook and if you cover it, you don't need to worry about flipping. Couscous is instant and veggies are just heated in the microwave - dinner done in less than 15. Any lean, thin protein will cook this way and pairing with a quick cooking starch and steamed or roasted veggies can get a nutritious meal on the table in no time. Your daughter is also old enough to start helping with dinner prep - that'll make sure she's more interested in trying new stuff, too.
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