Plan first, then eat up! Quick healthy meals for working moms

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By: Symphony Webb

HOUSTON — As a working woman, it can be hard to find time to get the proper nutrients that keeps us satisfied and healthy, and it can become close to impossible when you are a working wife and mother!

Of course you want to be super mom to your kids and make sure that they have home cooked meals every day, however, there is never enough time in a day and before you know it your family has eaten take out four times in one week. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent drive-thru lines and take-out. With a little trip to the grocery store, a shopping list and meal prep, you can prepare meals for your family that will take little to no time to cook. It’s also a good idea to incorporate the whole family for some added bonding time. Here are five easy meals to help get you started and your family will love!

Spaghetti and meatballs (meat sauce)

Spaghetti is a fun food to make and can also be healthy too. Instead of using regular spaghetti pasta switch to wheat pasta and use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Eliminate the garlic bread but add a nice green salad. This meal can last a couple of days as well.

Baked lemon chicken breast

Chicken breast are fairly easy to cook once you know what seasonings you want to use. After you have cleaned your chicken, lay them flat in a pan, add some seasoning for taste and add freshly cut lemon slices on top. Bake for 30 minutes and you’ll be ready to dig in. Roasted red potatoes and any vegetable (fresh or frozen) will go great with this.

Tacos!!

Who doesn’t love a delicious taco? The kids will love making them and love eating them even more! The possibilities are endless with tacos; chicken, beef, fish, hard shell, soft shell whatever your taste buds desire!

Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

This quick and healthy meal only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and also doubles as a meal prep lunch for the work week. Add some brown rice and you’re good to go! This can also be stored in containers and placed in the freezer for later.

Salmon

Salmon takes about 20-25 minutes to bake in the oven. It’s also high in protein, rich with omega 3 and a good source of potassium which is great for a child athlete. It’ll help keep their body healthy and strong. This also goes great with asparagus!

Whichever meal you decide is best for your family, prepare it together and make it a family affair.

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