Quick Meals without cooking

Go-To Meals without cooking

This post is about getting something to eat for your child at the absolute last minute, because everything went wrong. When it all goes wrong, you need to have some back-ups that you can rely on and still feel good about. The foundation for having a good store of options in place when time evaporates is being a savvy consumer and making the right decisions at the grocery store. It is more expensive, but try to buy organic. Trend toward whole, unprocessed foods.

Unfortunately the best meals take time. Most foods are just better when they get to hang out and simmer for a long while. Which means that parents and consequently their kids are the most challenged to get something healthy and delicious on the table. The following foods are the best go-to fast foods we have found. I’m not recommending that you take these foods and make them your diet. You should still find time to cook the finer things in life that take hours in the oven or the grill. But in today’s hectic rush of insanity that is life - find a middle ground and go to easy options when you have to.

To create a tasty, fast and well-rounded meal take an item from each list and put the three together on a plate:

A. Fresh cut fruits and vegetables (In order of acceptance by picky eaters)

  1. Carrots

  2. Grapes

  3. Oranges

  4. Apples

  5. Spinach

  6. Strawberries

  7. Blueberries

  8. Blackberries

  9. Cherry Tomatoes

    B. Proteins

    1. Smoked Salmon

    2. High quality cheese

    3. Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews

    4. Eggs (I’m counting them even though they need to be cooked. It takes 5 minutes!)

    5. hummus

    C. Grains

    1. Whole wheat bread

    2. Whole grain frozen waffles

    3. Whole wheat tortillas

I can’t tell you how many times this ingredient list has saved us. From the items above, you can create salads, burritos, breakfast for dinner, sandwiches and bowls. Choose your own adventure and let your kids choose theirs as well!

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