A special thanks to Olivia for contributing this guest post with some tips for quick and easy meals.
Quick and Easy Energizing Meals
Whether you are a busy professional, a new mom or just a lazy cook, there will always be times when you wish you could just whip up a quick and easy meal that is also healthy. And cooking yourself is certainly more frugal than running out to the nearest sandwich place! What are some quick and easy energizing meals?
Pasta can be really quick, especially if you use the fresh variety. While my children were tiny, we had penne, ravioli, and spaghetti (this one is not recommended for toddler self-eating adventures, however!) all the time exactly for this reason. Whether you have a nice pesto sauce, fresh tomatoes and mint with mozzarella (this is my personal favorite!), or a good carbonara, pasta also gives you an energy boost. With some experimenting, you never have to bore of pasta just don’t fall into the trap of cooking the same pasta meal time and again!
Stir fries are as quick and easy as they are versatile. You can put any of your favorite vegetables and meat in there, and serve with rice or noodles. Unlike some other cooking, the hot temperatures and risk of splattering oil does not make stir fries suitable for moms who love to wear their babies in a carrier while cooking. If planned right, you can have a great meal in about 15 minutes though especially if you opt to buy ready fresh vegetable mixes!
Salads are easy to prepare and I personally love them with rocket, lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, even raw zucchini, and of course cheese. Your imagination is the limit, and with a beautiful dressing they can tantalize the taste buds. The only problem with salads is that the hunger tends to come back really quickly. Couple them with tortillas, bagels, rice or couscous for an energy boost. And of course, boiled eggs (protein) are a great addition too.
Breakfast truly sets you up for the day! If you don’t want to feel fatigued throughout the day, make sure you don’t miss this meal. Oatmeal (with apple and cinnamon, for instance) is an easy breakfast to make that is really helpful and will keep you feeling good. Bananas, which slowly release energy, are another great ingredient for breakfast think fruit salad or buckwheat and banana pancakes.
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Thanks again to Olivia for the post! So do any of you have a go-to quick and easy meal or recipe that also gives you some quick energy? Share below in the comments.