Last updated on August 25th, 2021 at 09:44 pm
Lunch Solutions for Busy Moms
After the children leave for school and the house is quiet, moms still have plenty to do. That’s why it’s important to eat a nutritious lunch to keep you fueled for the rest of your day. So, what to cook for lunch? As a mom, you put in extra effort to make the meal your children take to school as healthy and appealing as possible. But, when it comes to your lunch, you might settle for leftovers or check out that old casserole to see if it can be salvaged. Figuring out what to make out of string cheese, an uneaten apple slice, and a dried-up granola bar is not the best idea.
Since your children need a parent who is healthy and happy, you must take into consideration your nutritional needs the same way you consider those of your children. The health and nutritional requirements of the entire family are something you need to prioritize. With that in mind, here are three healthy lunch solutions that you can whip up quickly, but will still appeal to every member of the family.
The All-Time Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Even though you’re busy, you still want to serve the best meals for your family. Sometimes though, after a long and hectic morning, you just know it won’t happen. That’s when an organic grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect solution. After all, no one said all meals have to be eaten with a fork and knife. The combination of melted cheese, with some tomato soup on the side, will make the pickiest child get excited about lunch. The best thing about making this sandwich is that you can’t go wrong. You can choose whichever bread you like most. Be sure to choose a bread that is sturdy enough to hold the cheese, and voila! Lunch is ready.
The simple ingredients needed for this sandwich are bread, butter, mayonnaise, and loads of cheddar cheese. Remember that this recipe does not call for “fancy” cheese. Anything that melts well and is liked by everyone can be used. Preheat your skillet over low heat so that you don’t end up burning the sandwich. Add some butter, and let it melt. Take four slices of bread, and generously spread some mayonnaise on one side. Lay it face down on the skillet. Add a slice of cheddar cheese on the top, and then the remaining slice with mayonnaise spread on the top. Let it fry until both sides are golden brown. Your sandwich is now ready.
Caponata Pasta To The Rescue
When you’re thinking quick, easy, and delicious, pasta wins every time! For busy moms who are on their sixth day of the workweek, a hearty bowl of pasta is just the thing. A yummy bowl of pasta requires very few ingredients, can be cooked in no time, and is definitely satisfying.
For four servings, you will need four tablespoons of olive oil, one large finely-chopped onion, four cloves of finely-chopped garlic, one cup of grilled vegetables of your choice (preferably Mediterranean ones like aubergines, zucchini, and so on), 1½ cups canned chopped tomatoes, and some shaved parmesan cheese for topping. Heat the oil in a pan, and cook the onions until they are caramelized. Add the garlic, and cook for another two minutes. Add the veggies, and tomatoes, and season them according to your taste. Let this simmer until the sauce gets to the consistency you prefer.
On the side, boil water with a little salt, and cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta, and add it to the sauce. If you feel it is too thick you can use some of the water from the pasta to make it thinner. Garnish it with parmesan, or any other seasonings of your choice, and serve immediately.
Wholesome Potato Chip Chicken
Almost everyone loves to sit down to a plate of crispy fried chicken, but even the idea of frying it puts your cholesterol levels on red alert. A hearty plate of golden fried chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside is something the whole family will love. The good news is that you can make well-seasoned, crunchy, and juicy chicken without deep frying and with tons of flavor!
The secret to our potato chips chicken is that you’ll be switching the panko crumbs, or whatever you use to make it crunchy on the outside, with good old potato chips. If you want more spice in your coating, you can choose any flavor of potato chips that suit your taste. For a serving of six, you will need one 16-ounce bag of potato chips, one cup of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of salt and pepper, two beaten eggs, and two and a half pounds of chicken drumsticks and thighs.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pulse the potato chips in a food processor, or crush them using a rolling pin. Then, take each piece of chicken, and dredge it in flour, then eggs, and then coat it with the potato chip crumbs. Put the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let it cool for five minutes, and serve.
These three recipes are perfect anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed and short on time. They’re simple, tasty, and sure to be a hit with your entire family!