: 5 recipes to help give more time
I am a busy mom on the go. I am sure that you can relate or you wouldn’t be reading this article today. We all have demands in our life that don’t often leave time for everything.
I want to share with you some simple, easy, healthy recipes that will make your life a lot easier. This has been a game changer for me. I needed something to give so that I could be better. Better at this mom thing, better at leading Titus II, better at wifing, better at time management (we can all use a little more time), just all around better.
So, there is always going to be that one night a week or a month that you just don’t have it in you to cook a full meal for your family. Drive through is so much easier. That’s okay. Don’t feel guilty because you have a night that you just need to not think food or menu planning. When you don’t have a freezer meal (I’ll give you some great recipes for those in another article), eating out can be easy, fun for the family, and also healthy (when you choose wisely).
I am going to give you five dinner recipes from my favorite cookbook, Trim Healthy Mama https://www.amazon.com/Trim-Healthy-Mama-Cookbook-Recipes/dp/1101902663/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496072028&sr=8-1&keywords=trim+healthy+mama+cookbook, to help you get a little more of that time in the evening. These all serve between 6-8 people. I have six in my family and rarely do we have leftovers. FYI – I have totally used these for lunch meals as well.
You will need: 2 lbs. Lean ground beef, 3 cups seasoning blend (Wal-Mart frozen veggies) or 2 onions and 3 bell peppers, 2 cups cooked brown rice (you can use instant), 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans (drained), 1 (14.5 oz) can corn, 1.5 Tbs chili powder, 1.5 tsp garlic powder, 1.5 tsp ground cumin, 1.5 tsp mineral salt (don’t confuse with iodized), ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (totally optional)
Okay, so basically you brown the meat and drain any excess grease (fat) off. Add in that seasoning blend and let them tenderize. Seriously like just 2 minutes. Add in the cooked rice and all the other ingredients and heat. From start to finish, this meal usually only takes me about 15 minutes. My family loves it and I don’t have to have a side dish. This is a go-to for us.
Egg Roll in a Bowl
What you need: 2 lbs thawed ground beef, 2 med onions (chopped), 3 Tbs toasted sesame oil, 4 garlic cloves (minced), 2 tsp ground ginger, ⅓ cup soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos, 2-3 (16 oz) bags of coleslaw mix, 4 green onions (chopped), Mineral salt and black pepper and (optional) red pepper flakes
This is so easy and delish! Brown that meat and drain off excess grease. Add in the chopped onions and sesame oil, lightly brown those onions into the meat. In a small bowl, mix the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Add that to the meat mix. Immediately add the coleslaw mix and stir well (it will shrink – don’t worry). Turn off heat and add green onions and salt and pepper to taste. Stir it all up and serve.
Grand Greek Salad
What you need: 3 Tbs virgin olive oil, 1.5 tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp mineral salt, ½ tsp black pepper, juice of 1 lemon (use the real thing – you will thank me), 2.5 lbs thawed chicken breast (cut into bite-size) coconut oil cooking spray For the salad: 3 or 4 heads romaine lettuce (chopped), 2 med cucumbers (peeled and chopped), 2 large tomatoes (chopped), ½ purple onion (sliced), ½ cup black olives, 6 oz feta cheese (crumbled), Any kind of caesar dressing.
In a bowl, add olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper and lemon juice and add chicken. Cover and put in fridge for about 30 minutes. While you wait on that, prep the salad. Lettuce goes into a LARGE bowl (especially if you have a big group to feed). Top it with the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, olives, feta cheese, and dressing. (My hubby HATES olives so we have to put those on the side) Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium. Add the chicken and brown on all sides. Super easy and only takes about ten minutes. Top the salad with the chicken. Voila! YUMMY!
Wonder Fish Tacos
What you need: Juice of 2 limes, 1 bag (8 oz) coleslaw mix, 2 lbs thawed tilapia, Mineral salt-pepper-chili powder for sprinkling on the fish, Coconut oil cooking spray, 4 tsp butter or coconut oil, 1.5 (15 oz) can black beans (drained), 1.5 cup 0% plain greek yogurt (or just use sour cream), 1.5 cups cooked brown rice, 1. Tsp ground cumin, ½ bunch of fresh cilantro (chopped), 1 package of carbsmart tortillas (my family really can’t tell the difference), 1 med onion (thinly sliced), Hot sauce (totally optional)
The lime juice goes over the coleslaw mix and sits aside while you sprinkle that on tilapia. In a large skillet over medium heat, coat it lightly with the cooking spray and add 2 tsp butter. Put half of the tilapia fillets in the skillet and saute for 2-3 minutes. They seriously don’t take very long at all. Just let them get flaky and this is the one time you don’t care if they really fall apart on you. Cook all the fish this way. In a separate sauce pan, put the beans, yogurt, rice, cumin over medium heat and cook until hot. Add in the cilantro and sprinkle over salt and pepper. You can choose to heat the tortillas for about ten seconds in the microwave and then stuff it in any order with ingredients you just cooked and prepped. My family loves fish and this is super easy and again I don’t have to prepare a side dish.
Wicked White Chili (Crock Pot Alert!!!)
What you need: 2 ½ lbs thawed chicken breast (boneless, skinless), 4 (15 oz) can great northern beans (drained), 2 cups chicken broth, 2 (10 oz) cans rotel style tomatoes and chilies, 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, 1 ½ cups seasoning blend, 2 cups frozen corn, 1 tsp mineral salt, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ cup plain 0% greek yogurt (optional)
Put that chicken in the crock. Blend 2 of the cans of beans with the broth in a blender and add to the crock. Add all the other ingredients except the yogurt and stir. Cook on low all day, about 5 hours). 30 minutes before serving, take out the chicken and shred it and return it to the crock. Add yogurt and mix well. There ya go! (FYI-you can prep this as a freezer meal to just throw together!)
There ya have it! Some of our favorite, yet, time saving meals. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. I don’t naturally like to be in the kitchen, but when I can provide a good meal that is healthy and well-liked, my time spend there is worth it. I hope to give you some easy freezer meals soon, but until then, enjoy these few recipes and let me know how they turned out for your family.