We all have them, those manic days where you feel like you try to do a thousand things at once. Washing, tidying, cooking and cleaning. Throw in a toddler and four cats and before you know it, you feel like throwing the towel in. I feel like this when tidying up after little b. He is this little whirlwind of destruction at the moment, creating mess and mayhem pretty much wherever he goes. Anyway the point of this post is to share some of my tips for making healthy lunches (or teas) super quick and easy.
The trick for me is to go with whatever I have in the fridge or cupboard and not overthink things too much. I find these meal ideas work really well for post-nursery tea. B typically eats well all day so he doesn’t need much in the eve, but he does want something. I find a selection of picky food works really well.
Grab some crackers, bread, wraps, rice cakes – whatever you have in and add something veggie. I typically go with whatever we have – cucumber, tomato, pepper, carrot, celery. Add in some cheese or ham and there you go -super quick and easy mini ploughman’s lunch.
Now if you have time of course, making them from scratch is always going to be the better option. However, I appreciate that not all of us have time for whizzing up hummus and pesto et al from scratch. I find a lot of supermarkets stock the mini packs of hummus now and these work really well when in a rush. Add in your breadsticks and veggie sticks for a very quick lunch, tea or snack.
Always a winner for a quick and easy lunch. Experiment with different fillings – hummus and salad, ham and coleslaw, egg and tomato, any nut butter. I know I get bored with the same old cheese and chutney or ham salad. And for variety, use a cookie cutter to shape them into something cute. Or simply cut into small squares and skewer them on cocktail sticks. Anything “bite-size” works well here I find.
Chop up whatever you have to hand and pop a yogurt in the middle for dipping. If you want to try and reduce sugar intake then opt for a natural yogurt. I know B can be a bit fussy though. We did try a plain vanilla and he absolutely refused to eat it. I realised what the issue was then he told me “I don’t like caterpillar“. Hmm.
Eggs are always super quick and easy to prepare. Scrambled, omelette, boiled, poached – any egg option doesn’t take too long. My favourite egg prep at the moment is “egg in the hole” which I learnt about on a Coursera nutrition course with Maya Adam. Maybe it’s an American thing or maybe I just haven’t lived… Anyway, it’s great because you just make a “hole” in your bread, lightly toast the bread in the pan and crack an egg in the middle. Done. For egg cupcakes, check out this post here – super quick and easy to prep!
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