Life can get a little crazy sometimes and with our diet I can’t just throw a frozen pizza in the oven or order take out. I guess in some ways it’s nice that I’m forced to have a home cooked meal every evening, but honestly sometimes ordering a pizza would be SO nice. Especially being foster parents, that first week or two we get a new precious little one, life can get a little crazy.
So to keep healthy dinners on the table during crazier weeks I’ve come up with a few tricks:
Batch Cooking: This is especially helpful with meat (or the main course) I try and cook all our meat over 1-2 days. I’ll bake or boil chicken, make hard boiled eggs and roast whole chickens. It seems like a lot but when you’re in the mode it really isn’t that much extra work. Once I have that done I can add them to soups, salads, or reheat and serve with veggies. I also do this for things like Quinoa. Cook it once for the whole week, then heat or add to your meals.
Embrace Raw Side Dishes: We don’t have a dish washer so the last thing I want to do during a particularly hectic week is wash more dishes. Also, I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes when things get really crazy I just don’t have the brain power to be creative enough to figure out anything fancy for the side. Thankfully, my kiddos love fruits and veggies. So, I just keep it simple on the side with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, soy beans (if you can have soy), berries, celery, etc. My kiddos can eat it raw with just some sea salt, but you can always throw in some sort of dip like humus or our cheesy vegan cashew dip.
The Freezer is Your Friend: On weeks that aren’t so crazy here and there as your chopping veggies for other meals chop a bit extra, quickly blanch them then toss them in the freezer. Or have some pre-packaged frozen veggies on hand. They’ll keep for months and are great to add to soups, sauces and stir fries.
That’s about it. But surprisingly these few things help us stay healthy when life gets crazy.