As a working mom, chances are your time is limited when it comes to preparing meals for your family. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a tasty and delicious dinner every night of the week. Here are a few ideas for dinners that you can get to the table quickly and easily. You can even have your kids help you with these recipes to make meal preparation even faster and get the whole family involved in making dinners especially nutritious.
Foil Packet Chicken or Fish
This protein-packed meal can easily be customized to feature your favorite vegetables and seasonings. Defrost chicken breasts or fish filets and place each piece in the center of a large piece of aluminum foil. Fold the sides of the foil toward the food to form an open packet. Fill up the packet with a little olive oil or butter, along with fresh herbs like thyme or basil. You can also add sea salt, black pepper, or any other seasonings you choose. Chopped vegetables like peppers or onions help to make the meal complete and add components like vitamin C and magnesium to your meal.
Close the packets up at the top to seal them and keep the moisture in while your entrees are cooking. Preheat the oven to about 375 degrees and place the packets inside for 15-20 minutes. While your fish or chicken is cooking, prepare a side dish like brown rice or mashed potatoes to make the meal complete.
Few dinners are easier to prepare on a weeknight than tacos. The longest part of the meal is probably preparing the meat that goes in the tacos. Keep in mind that whole or refried beans, as well as chopped seasoned tofu can also serve as the “meat” for this meal if your family is vegetarian.
In a large saucepan, add olive oil and chopped onions, along with the ground meat or beans of your choice. Allow these items to cook together for about 3 minutes, then add seasonings like salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chopped vegetables like tomatoes or garlic.
While the filling for the tacos is cooking, have your children help you get all the toppings together. For instance, have one child shred a variety of cheeses to chop the tacos with, while another family member chops lettuce or black olives. Place the bowls of taco fixings in a line on the table or kitchen bar in the style of a buffet. Warm up taco shells or tortillas and you’ve got a meal that is filled with protein, fiber and a number of fresh vegetables.
Pizza is a family dinner favorite, and small versions of this popular meal are both tasty and nutritious. Use mini pizza crusts, biscuits or English muffins as the base of this meal, and add tomato sauce and the cheeses of your choice. Chop up some veggies for your kids to add to their pizzas to give the meal more vitamins and minerals. Choices like bell peppers, spinach and mushrooms are ideal, as they provide iron, vitamin C and zinc to the meal. Protein choices like ground veggie sausage or all-natural turkey pepperoni make the pizzas more filling. Bake the pizzas You can complete this pizza dinner with a fresh side salad. Enjoy!