I'm always looking for quick and easy meals - the less ingredients, the better. Are there any mamas out there who agree?! I'm going to go ahead and assume you all agree. =) So for a while I was going on a meal plan for each week: Mondays were meatless, Tuesdays were tacos, Wednesdays were salads, Thursdays were quinoa and Fridays were Pizza. It made my life easy and the planning was quick! Although I haven't stuck with that plan 100%, I still rely on those basic ideas for my weekly meal plans.
Here are a few recipes that I've recently made that are super easy but so good.
Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
I'll admit, this wasn't totally my recipe but I did make it my own.
- Quinoa, cooked
- Spinach, raw
- Chickpeas, roasted with olive oil and garlic
- Cucumber, diced
- Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
- Kalamata Olives
- Feta, crumbled
- Greek Salad Dressing (Panera makes a good one!)
- Hummus (I just discovered Ithaca Hummus and OMG, the lemon dill is to die for. Yum!)
- Pita Bread
Preheat oven to 450* Fahrenheit. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas - I dry them with paper towels so that the shells come off. Put them on to a baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam Olive Oil. Brush olive oil on to the peas and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 20 minutes. While the chickpeas are baking, cook the quinoa per the instructions on the package. When done, put into a large bowl and mix in the spinach, then set aside. The spinach will soften from the heat of the quinoa. You can start to build the bowl while waiting on the chickpeas. I do the quinoa/spinach mix, top with the cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives and then the chickpeas. I put the dressing on and mix together, then top with the feta. Go ahead and serve! There is no need to cook the pita bread but you could definitely heat it up if you would like. Serve the pita and hummus together, as a side to the bowl. **Full disclosure: my boys like quinoa but I do not like to clean the quinoa up, so they don't get that part of this meal!**
Not to toot my own horn, but Lou and Hank go NUTS for these pancakes.
- 3/4 Cup Almond Milk - Vanilla Unsweetened
- 1 Banana
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
- 2 tsp Chia Seeds
- Spinach or Kale, a handful is good - the more you put in, the healthier they are!
Place all ingredients in blender. If the consistency seems too thin, add a little bit more oats. If it seems too thick, add more milk. Cook in a skillet on medium/medium high until browned. The finished product is a little bit different than a regular pancake, so don't overcook. I have also mixed in blueberries, pecans, flax - all work just fine! Find what your kiddos like and go from there.
Green Cheese & Ham
Your kids don't "like" vegetables? Funny. My boys do but I am still always finding ways to add spinach or other veggies to their meals. This is basically like a normal adult sandwich made into something a toddler can devour!
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 3/4 Cup Shredded Cheese
- 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
- 1 Tablespoon Mayo
- 1 Slice of Deli Ham
- 2 Slices of Bread
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Place milk, cheese, spinach, mayo and S&P in food processor and chop until the mix resembles a dip (kind of?!). If the consistency is too thick, add a little more milk. Heat a skillet to medium/medium high heat, I spray with a little olive oil. Butter the outside of the slices of bread and put one piece on the skillet. Spread the cheese mixture on to that piece of bread, place the piece of ham on top of it, then put the second slice of bread on top. I covered the skillet to make sure that the cheese melted and the sandwich was hot. Once the bottom slice of bread is browned, flip the sandwich. Keep an eye on it - you'll want to remove the sandwich when the second slice is browned!
Next time I do recipes I'll have photos. ;) Let me know what you think after you make one of these!!! Can't wait to hear.