I get so many messages about what I feed James and how I have the time or energy to feed him the way I do… but the truth is, a lot of times I need quick and easy meals that are at least mostly healthy. I try not to give him empty calories while giving him a variety of foods. I make an effort to only buy him organic non GMO food, but I’m not an insane person about it. If we’re out and I need to feed him lunch I’ll try to order as healthy a meal as I can- usually avoiding the kids menu since that’s almost always pasta with butter, chicken tenders, or grilled cheese and french fries. NO JUDGEMENTS for those of you feeding your kids “kid stuff”. Nutrition is just something that’s super important to me and I want to teach him healthy eating habits now and try to avoid having a picky eater later. It’s easy to go for what is traditionally considered easy, but here are some of my easy but healthy favorites as alternatives.
Yes, I know this looks fancy, but it’s really not! It’s super quick but so yummy, and it’s a meal I can switch up a little here and there to keep it exciting. It literally takes a maximum of 5 minutes- and thats including washing and cutting up fresh fruit as a topping. If I’m not in a rush I’ll use thawed frozen fruit that I purée myself, but this post is about quick and easy!
First, I use my instant kettle to boil a little water to add to the oatmeal. This is optional but I think it helps with the texture.
Then I just mix in a packet of Happy Baby organic baby food (I love this brand but you can obviously use whichever brand you like) Then I cut up and add fruit depending on the packet I use. I use fresh organic fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries or bananas. I also like to add a little bit of hemp seeds for added protein and omegas! Plus they look pretty.
Thats it! Enjoy.
Avocado Egg Salad
This is something I used to always make for myself pre-James as a healthier alternative to egg salad. I just adjusted the portions here for a little baby tummy and omitted the truffle salt I add when making it for me. (SO yummy btw) It’s super easy, yummy, and yes- healthy. You just mash the above ingredients together and serve alone or on top of a slice of your favorite toasted bread. I love this little Nuk food masher. I use it to quickly and cleanly mash up and serve all kinds of stuff. Serve with a side of veggies or fruit. Or don’t.
Not Really Cheese or Pasta Cheesy Pasta
I don’t like empty calories, like I said- so when a friend told me about this amazing line of not-really-pasta-pastas, I had to check it out. We love the red lentil, black bean, and green lentil pastas. I love that they are a full serving of veggies in each bowl and James loves that they are food.
You can serve these just like you’d serve your favorite traditional pastas- with tomato sauce and veggies or meat sauce… whatever! But when I’m in a rush I like to keep it simple and just toss the pasta with a spoonful of ghee and then sprinkle it with a generous helping of nutritional yeast. If you’re not familiar with nutritional yeast, it’s really amazing. It has a tangy almost cheesy flavor and is a source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins. It contains folates, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and zinc, making it a great superfood! Plus it’s super yummy. I like to use it like you’d use a can of parmesan cheese back before we knew better than to eat cheese from a green can. I sprinkle it on steamed or grilled veggies, on top of salads, as a popcorn topping… the possibilities are endless!
So there you go… quick AF little meal plan for you. I hope you enjoy these recipes and find ways to tweak them and make them your own. Don’t be shy to comment with your opinion if you try any of these!!