Life is getting real darn busy over here at How to Eat and we’re finding ourselves more crunched for time than EVER. We know many of you busy parents out there can identify and we want to make your lives easier. This week we’re going to share our tips for our top 5-minute quickie meals. And by quickie, we mean QUICKIE. 5 minutes or less! Not only that, they’re all well rounded AND dietitian-approved. Ka-ching ka-ching!
We know it’s impossible to sit down to a leisurely family meal every night, so this week we’re going to demo some of our favourite ideas for getting dinner in hand STAT. Join us over on our Facebook Page to see us in live action tonight at 8PM EST or catch us after the fact for lots of extra tips and tricks on to how to make this happen in your home.
Why you might need 5-minute quickie meals:
- Everyone works late and you still need to pick up a ravenous child from daycare, all while fighting your own hangry-ness.
- Multiple kids involved in multiple activities at multiple times in multiple locations.
- Your ambitious new recipe for kale and quinoa pancakes fails miserably and is completely inedible? (tip *refer to our recipe index for guaranteed success 😉)
- You just. can’t. even.
Yep. We’ve been there too. Our plan? Always have a few basics on hand so you can throw a no-cook (or very quick-cook) meal together. 5-minute quickie meals can be just as nutritious as an elaborate 5 course sit-down meal, too. We’re not going to tell you to aim for a specific portion size because everyone’s appetites will be different. We also won’t give you any hard numbers to work towards (that’s kind of our thing), but ensuring a mix of carbohydrate, protein and fat is the key to a well rounded option. Luckily, we’re happy to do the work for you…
Here are our favourite 5-minute quickie meals (and it’s going to blow your mind how simple it is):
- Store bought hummus or cottage cheese with with whole grain crackers, baby carrots and a handful of berries
- Quick scrambled egg or microwaved egg with toast, halved cherry tomatoes and cubed melon.
- Instant plain oats or whole grain cereal made with milk or soy beverage. Unsweetened dried or frozen fruit or frozen berries.
- Whole grain wrap with natural nut or nut-free seed butter, wrapped around 1/2 banana or apple slices (portable!)
- Canned light tuna, mixed with a little mayonnaise or yogurt in a whole grain pita pocket with sliced cucumber or lettuce leaves.
These friends, are obviously not recipes. The mixing and matching potential is endless and we encourage you to do so with you and your family’s favourites. We’ve suggested vegetables and fruits that are available year round here, but stocking your fridge with beautiful local produce when it’s seasonal is a great way to add variety to these types of meals.
If you want great advice on what types of products we use in terms of bread, crackers, cheeses and other packaged goods, we’ll be covering all of that good stuff in our live demo, so be sure to join us! If you do miss us live, the video will always be available after the fact, so no crying please.
We’ll also be announcing a great new How to Eat service tonight! You won’t want to miss it. It’s going to make your life SO much easier and the best part is, it’s FREE.
Do you have a favourite go-to quickie meal? We’re always looking for additions to the rotation, so we’ve love to hear it!
Erin & Dara3