Healthy Recipes for Busy Moms
Healthy Recipes for Busy Moms
Being a mom means you’re always rushing from one thing to the next without any time to rest. But just because you don’t have hours to prepare a home-cooked meal every night doesn’t mean you can’t make delicious recipes that are both healthy and quick to prepare. If you need to put some flavor into your nightly meals without packing them with calories, check out these healthy recipes for busy moms:
1) Slow Cooker Sausage with Pasta Sauce
This is a great meal for putting restaurant-style pasta right onto your dinner table. Get as creative as you’d like with herbs and spices!
Instructions: Add all ingredients except for the peas to a 3.5-quart slow cooker. Stir around well and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Remove the lid and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to your liking. Stir in the peas and serve hot over pasta topped with Parmesan cheese.
*Slow Cooker Sausage with Pasta Sauce recipe and image credit to Savory Nothings
2) Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos
Truly a “dump-everything-in-and-go” recipe, these chicken tacos will have you wondering how so much flavor could be packed into something so easy to prepare.
Instructions: In your slow cooker, combine the chicken (if it’s frozen, no need to defrost, throw it in frozen), Hunt’s diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. When it is done cooking, shred the chicken using 2 forks in the slow cooker. Will be falling apart and shred very easily. Stir around in juices. Build tacos by adding shredded chicken and toppings of choice. Leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days.
*Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe and image credit to Tasteslovely
3) Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Once again, add whatever spices you like to this mac recipe, or even add some grilled chicken if you have a little extra time.
Instructions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to package directions for al dente. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter and onion, and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Raise the heat to medium-high and whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Stir frequently for 10-12 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in the cheese, salt and black pepper. Add the cheese sauce to the drained macaroni and stir to evenly coat.
*Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese recipe and image credit to Skinnymom
4) Skinny Baked Chicken Fingers
A great low-calorie solution to get some protein into your family’s diet. Pair with steamed vegetables for a healthy, quick meal you can make for lots of people.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Mix bread crumbs, cereal, salt, pepper and all other spices in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil over bread crumb mixture and mix. In another bowl put the 3 eggs and the mustard – mix well. In a third bowl, add the flour. Dip each chicken piece into the flour (cover well), then dip into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange pieces of chicken on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes until crisp and brown. Dip in reduced-sugar BBQ sauce, light ranch dressing or honey mustard.
*Skinny Baked Chicken Fingers recipe and image credit to Skinnymom
Busy moms can still make impressive dinners! While you’re out around town, these meals will be filling your home with amazing aromas.