We’re well on our way through 2013, and almost in the third month of the year. My word for the year, is intentional. Meaning, I am choosing to be much more intentional with how I spend my time.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are from the dinner table. It was about the only time of the day I saw my Dad as he was rarely home, but my mom demanded on home-cooked meals at the table every night. And Andrew & I have always done the same. Even when Elizabeth was a few days old, she was sitting at the table with us. However, the time it takes me to prepare meals and the types of meals I make has changed quite a bit since we first got married.
As busy moms, a lot of our time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals, cleaning up meals, baking cookies, refilling sippy cups, making crafts, etc. While I really enjoy to cook, I am choosing to not spend hours every evening preparing dinner. Don’t get me wrong, we do not eat 10 minute meals every night. Some nights you just really need comfort food, and that takes time.
All of these meals are gluten free, and mostly organic, but you can use whatever ingredients you prefer.
Meal One – Grilled chicken sausage and feta salad. Super simple, healthy, and quick dinner!
Meal Two – California shrimp pizzas. We all love these! There are tons of varieties you can make. Feel free to substitute your ingredients. You can also use regular pizza sauce, but we love these! Andrew likes to fold his up like tacos.
Meal Three – Tex Mex Pasta Salad. Pasta salad are so easy to toss together, and the possibilities are endless.
Meal Four – Lazy Night Fitattas and Toast. I realize, this isn’t a real fritatta, hence the “lazy” in front of it. I cannot make an omelet for the life of me, and fritatas take too long, so this is my easy, still just as yummy alternative. I make mine meatless, but again, you can add just about anything – bacon or sausage crumbles would be great.
Meal 5 – Open Face Beef Tacos with Corn/Black Bean Salad. These are super simple, and delicious. These make great lunches for kids (or mom). If your kids aren’t big on tacos or salsa, you could always use your favorite pizza sauce.
That’s it for this week. I hope this helps you some. They are all super easy and quick to make, and a contain a healthy balance of protein/veggie/starch. Keep in mind, I don’t cook these every single night (because I try to keep a good stock of freezer meals, and some nights we just like to eat a little more fancy).
Please share your favorite quick, healthy meals below, or let me know what you like about these!!!
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