Getting a healthy meal on the table, fast, is a huge challenge for moms. After a long day of work, driving kids around to activities, keeping the house in decent shape and all the other things we do in a day, there's no wonder that sometimes the drive-through sings its siren song.
But with a little prep and planning, you can save yourself a ton of time and still manage to get a balanced meal on the table.
Cooking once and eating twice is a huge timesaver. If you're cooking chicken breasts one night, cook a couple extra; then you have chicken ready you can slice up and put on top of a salad, or throw into some quickly stir-fried vegetables later in the week. If you have time on the weekends, you can even cook a bunch, wrap them individually in foil, and freeze them…then you can just pull one out to defrost in the morning and it will be ready at dinner.
If you are at home in the late afternoon, but busy with the dinner-homework-bath-bedtime rush, meals that can be tossed in the oven in a more quiet moment and ignored until they are ready are wonderful. Line a roasting pan with foil, toss a chicken (or two!) on the rack and scatter potatoes (sweet, white or both), beets, carrots, peppers, onions, or whatever vegetables you like on the bottom (toss with a little olive oil first), and roast. The foil makes for easy cleanup, and you'll have delicious roast chicken and vegetables. If you cook enough for two meals, the leftover chicken and veggies can be used all kind of ways….roll them into wraps, toss them with pasta, or mix them with brown rice and a little soy sauce. You can even use the chicken carcass to make stock and toss in any leftover meat and veggies for a comforting chicken soup.
What are your go-to healthy meals in a rush?