27 Quick, Easy Meals for Busy Moms
Update 5/12/12 – Because I switched blogging platforms a few months ago, this post may have some broken links. If you find a broken link to a recipe you’d like to have, just send me a message using the contact form and I’ll send the recipe to you. Sorry! – Natalie
I’ve been working hard on this big-mama post because I think it’s something that will benefit a lot of tired, overworked moms (or dads, or anyone who is exhausted around 5PM and has no desire to cook dinner.)
I started digging around in the depths of my blog and pulled out 27 recipes that could reasonably be prepared in 30 minutes or less and don’t require any complicated techniques or a lot of chopping. A little chopping, yes, but that’s the trade off we make when we choose to eat real food instead of pulling some pre-packaged thing out of the freezer and into the microwave/oven. Like with most things, the more you chop, the faster you get. (And please use a sharp knife!) Your body will thank you.
So yes, these meals take longer than the 12 minutes it may take to cook a frozen pizza. A little prep work ahead of time or even better, menu planning (!), will make these even easier than they already are. I promise. I plan on doing a post in the near future focusing on slow cooker and freezer-friendly meals, but these are ones you don’t have to think about (if you’ve planned ahead and have everything you need) until about 5PM.
Burgers and the Like
2. Grilled Veggie Quesadillas – This one has a mexi-ranch type sauce that goes on with the grilled vegetables. Great for lunch, too!
5. Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers – A different twist on a burger that’s surprisingly delicious! Ground turkey is mixed with a blend of spices, shredded carrot and dab of peanut butter.
Main Dish Salads
Using Microsoft OneNote to Organize Recipes
Flexible Menu Planning in 15 Minutes Per Week