Fast, Healthy Meal Ideas for Busy Parents!

You are busy!  Every day there are a million things you have to do.  Work, cleaning, errands, shopping for groceries, shopping for other necessities, taking kids to school, taking kids to sports, hanging out with family, hanging out with friends if possible…  The list goes on and on and on!

So when do you feed yourself and your family?  You obviously find a way.

What I have found is that a lot of moms and dads who are trying to make quick easy meals would love to also have healthy food… but who has time to find healthy things let alone cook them?

Luckily for you I am going to help today.

This idea of fast healthy meals for kids would make for a great cookbook, but since I have not found healthy, quick meals for busy parents cookbook (not enough time to look:)) I wanted to give you a few of my favorite recipes today.

Make sure to leave a comment below if you have any other quick, easy healthy recipe ideas.  Also, let me know if you plan on trying any of these.

 

1. Chicken Sausages in various flavors

  • Spicy Jalapeño
  • Sweet Apple
  • Spicy Italian
  • Sun-Dried Tomato
  • Spinach, Fontina, and Roasted Garlic

Some of my favorite chicken dogs come from Trader Joes and Costco.

Trader Joe's Chicken Sausages

2. Turkey Meatballs

Trader Joe’s also has some tasty turkey meatballs.  The Trader Joe’s brand Turkey Meatballs are fully cooked and heat up in the microwave in 3 minutes.  2 of these filling meatballs are 100 calories and 12 grams of protein.

3. Homemade Mini Pizzas

You’ve heard of whole wheat sandwich thins for sandwiches.  Throw on some organic marinara sauce, grass fed hormone free cheese, and turkey pepperoni then bake for a quick and tasty treat.  PLUS, your kids will have as much fun helping to make dinner as they will eating it.

4.  Annie’s Mac and Cheese

Annie’s does a great version of this classic quick kids meal.  This mac and cheese includes whole wheat pasta, real cheese and 10 grams of protein per serving!  Not only that, but your kids won’t even know the difference.

Anniesmacncheese

5.  Banana Pancakes

I’ve posted this recipe before in a breakfast post, but why not have breakfast for dinner? And can you think of a bad time to eat pancakes?  Am I right…?

Letting the kiddos help mix or flip pancakes is a great way to get every one involved in dinner.   Instead of syrup, try butter, almond/peanut butter or coconut oil.  That way you don’t have all of the added sugar.

6. Whole Meal Waffles

Again, never a bad time for breakfast.  These waffles are a meal by themselves.  They will fill you up and have you feeling good.  Quick hint: 2 tablespoons of Natural by Nature organic whipped cream  from Whole Foods is only 1 gram of sugar and 15 calories.  It tastes like you are indulging, when you are not.  Just be careful, because it is easy to end up with more whip that waffle!

  • 1 cup Whole Foods 365 Organic Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Fage Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk powder

Mix all ingredients and pour into waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

7. Burgers with precooked sweet potato fries

The lean grilled burger is a quick easy main dish.   One quick side that you can add is sliced sweet potatoes.  They come frozen, presliced and ready to bake.  Just add some coconut oil or olive oil with salt and pepper. Otherwise try cinnamon and you have an All American Meal.

sweet potatoes

8. Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Green Beans

  • 4 oz green beans with stems removed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast half
  • 3 thin slices prosciutto
  • Lemon wedge, for serving

Heat broiler. On baking sheet with a rim, toss green beans with 1 tsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and push to one side of pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Wrap with prosciutto. Place chicken, seam side down on the other side of the pan. Rub with remaining olive oil. Broil until chicken is opaque throughout, 15-20 minutes. Serve chicken and green beans with a lemon wedge.

9. Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley

90 seconds.  Add to any meal.  ‘nough said.

rice and quinoa

10. Sliced raw veggies and fruit

Quick, easy, colorful and tasty.  Just because they are simple does not mean that you should forget about theses tasty treats!

I hope that list helps.  Don’t forget to share your favorite quick, easy and healthy meals/snacks by posting below!

 

 

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About devetter

I am a fitness coach in Omaha, NE who loves to help people achieve their health and fitness goals
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2 Responses to Fast, Healthy Meal Ideas for Busy Parents!

  1. thank you for a nice recipe ! (chicken with beans) my gf enjoyed it very well
    ill cook it again for sure.

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