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Easy & Healthy Meal Ideas for the Entire Family

While I absolutely love my life and enjoy being a wife and mother, I will openly admit that the job can be stressful and that I get a little overwhelmed from time to time. This generally happens right around summertime when our schedules begin to fill up more quickly. It just doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day to get it all done.

Like many people, I’m often tempted to swing through a drive-thru somewhere and get dinner for everyone to save time. While there is nothing wrong with doing this occasionally, if we aren’t careful “occasionally” turns into two or three times a week. Not only is that expensive but it’s definitely not healthy for your family to eat that much take-out on a weekly basis.

However, I get that preparing healthy meals for the family takes up even more time in your already tight schedule. In addition, dishes are dirtied in the process and I imagine you are like me and hate having to leave dirty dishes in the sink because I didn’t have enough time to clean them up before running out the door again. While this may seem discouraging, it doesn’t have to be. Below are a few quick and easy healthy meal ideas to ensure your family eats a meal that’s good for them and that you still have plenty of time to prepare and clean up before heading out the door again.

Baked Tilapia – We all know that the recommended intake of fish is three times a week due to the Omega-3’s and other important nutrients found in fish. I try to hit the three time a week rule, but fish can get pretty boring if you don’t learn how to cook it a few different ways. My favorite, as…

Easy Morning Fixes for the Time-Pressed Mama

This is the second week of school for my little man and I have to admit that while I was worried it would be hard to get back into the school routine, it hasn’t been that difficult. Since my son started riding the bus this year, we even have to get up thirty minutes earlier…and that’s only giving us thirty minutes for him to get dressed, eat and brush his teeth before the bus arrives! I’m a “sleeper” so waiting until the last possible minute to get my little guy up is what I do. (He needs all the sleep he can get since they don’t take naps in Kindergarten.)

Due to the extended day (getting up earlier and no naps), we discovered last week that it was important for my so to go to bed a little earlier than usual. We also found that feeding him a little breakfast before he goes to school and eats the school breakfast helps him get through the day too. However, being short on, I have to have quick breakfast options that are also packed with nutrients. Here are the quick and easy morning fixes, I’ve come up with that seem to be working quite well:

Eggs – This is my favorite go-to breakfast for my son. Partly because eggs are really good for him with all the protein they contain, but also in part because he loves them and never complains about eating them. For the fast-paced mornings at our house, they work great because I can have scrambled eggs whipped up in less than five minutes. My son isn’t much of a bread person, but some mornings he asks for toast with the eggs – which is fine too because it is also quick and easy to fix. Fruit Smoothie –…

Holiday Treats for Kids

We are right in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle as Christmas is less than a week away! What does this mean, aside from the shopping and wrapping? It means that the kids are about to go on Christmas break for a couple of weeks!

I have to admit that sometimes I get a little apprehensive about the school breaks as it is hard to keep little minds busy and out of trouble. However, at the holidays, I do look forward to spending extra time with my school-age son and his little brother, together. One of the things that I make a point to do with my little “big” man is to get him in the kitchen with me so we can bake some of our favorite holiday treats.

These moments are precious to me because I know that my boys are going to outgrow the age where they enjoy cooking with their mom soon. Plus, we never know when our last breath will come so it’s important to make the most of the time we have with our children.  Anyways, if you are looking for some holiday treats that the kids will enjoy making and the whole family will love, here are a few recipes!

Pistachio “Christmas” Cookies:

1 Pkg. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix 1 Box Pistachio Pudding/Pie Filling Mix 1.4 C. Flour ½ C. Melted Butter 2 Eggs 1 C. Shelled & Chopped Pistachio Nuts ½ C. Dried Cranberries  Preheat oven to 350°. Stir cookie mix, pudding and flour together in a large bow.. Then, add the eggs and butter. Stir until mixed well. Fold in pistachios and cranberries. On parchment lined cookie sheet, place rounded spoonful about 1 inch apart and bake for 8-10 minutes.  (Makes about 2 dozen cookies)

Not Your Ordinary Peppermint

Healthy Meal Ideas for the Entire Family

Now that school is back in session, I’ve been feeling a little more pressure as time isn’t as plentiful as it was a month ago. From the minute my son gets off the school bus the time begins ticking away. We have to do homework, shower, prepare/eat dinner, brush teeth, pick up and get in bed all before 7:30-8:00 p.m.. It may not seem like a lot, but considering I have a 1 year old in the mix, it can be overwhelming if I don’t have a plan.

Aside from homework, the most time-consuming job is preparing dinner. I love to cook, but when I’m short on time it’s hard to prepare a good, solid meal for the family…at least that’s how it feels sometimes. Sure, it would be easy to pop in a pizza (and sometimes I do) and call it good, but that really isn’t feasible for every night of the week nor is it good for my family to eat that much processed food in a week.

I’m sure many of you are in agreement that meal preparation is a time-consuming job, but one that is important. I know I’m not the only one who wants to prepare healthy, well-rounded meals for my family. Therefore, I thought I would share a couple of the meals I prepare during the school week because they are quick, easy and healthy.

Zucchini Lasagna: Ingredients:

Sliced Zucchini (1/4” thick – about 2 ½ cups) 1 lb. ground turkey ½ c. onion 2 large tomatoes, diced 2 cans tomato paste ¾ t. dried oregano ¾ t. dried basil ¾ t. dried thyme ½ c. water 1 egg 1 c. low-fat ricotta ¾ c. mozzarella cheese 1.5 t. flour

Directions:

Boil zucchini for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside. Fry…