Top Five Easiest Healthy Meals to Make for Working Moms

No. 1 Salads.

Making a salad is rally an easy, but healthy way of eating. Preparation time could be from 15-20 minutes only. Cooking time is 10 minutes, and the chilling time can be 4 hours, but you may eat it immediately, if you choose to eat it after preparation. One of the most scrumptious meals for a family is the Chicken Salsa Salad. It is a meal which will always be a hit in your dinner table. Besides, it is so easy to serve and you don't have to spend so much time to express
your love for your kids. Try this:

Chicken Salsa Salad

Ingredients:

½ kilo chicken strips, cooked
1 (16 ounces) box pasta
1 (16 ounces) bottle salsa
½ cup yogurt
½ cup sour cream
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, chopped
2 cups baby peas
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 cups cheese

Procedure:

1. Boil lightly salted water in a large pot. Add pasta to cook until tender.
Drain.
2. In another large bowl, combine the salsa, sour cream and yogurt, mix

and blend. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the pasta and stir to coat well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve.

No. 2. Go meatless. ( Black beans and rice)-

One way of eating healthy, with an easy preparation is to go meatless once in a while. This is also a way of exposing your kids to variety of foods, which is a really healthy way of life. One suggested meal is the Black Beans and rice meal which could be interesting and most of all a healthy approach. It actually depends on how you prepare this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups long grain rice
4 cups of water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
2 ( 15 ounce ) cans black beans
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 laurel leaves
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon of salt to taste

Procedure:

1. In a saucepan, pour the 4 cups of water and add the 1 tablespoon of salt and the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then bring to boil. Next, stir in the rice, reduce the heat, and cover. Cook until the rice is tender.

2.In another larger saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium heat. Then sauté the spices, onion, garlic, green and red pepper for 5 minutes. Then add the beans, vinegar, chicken broth, laurel leaves, black pepper and add salt to taste. Cover and boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the laurel leaves. In serving, spoon the beans over the rice. Serve hot.

This is a very refreshing menu for kids and the whole family for a change.

No. 3 Tasty Vegan Omelets

An Omelet is a really delicious and easy meal to prepare. There is not much fuzz, and it comes in as a comfort food after a very tired day. It is also best served in the breakfast. There are of course, several ways of preparing an omelet, but the best way to prepare a healthy omelet is to try the Vegan Omelet. Here's a sample:

Ingredients:

2 eggs
¼ cup vegetables of your choice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon onion, diced
A dash of salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Break eggs into a bowl. Add milk and whisk.
2. In a frying pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the onions until soft.
3. Then add the vegetables and sauté for another 5 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.
4. Then add the egg mix into the vegetables in the pan and stir gently until done.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

This is one of the easiest meals for your kid. You may serve it with milk or his favorite beverage in the morning and he will never forget you the whole day in school.

No. 4. Try this Old fashioned Spaghetti.

Number four in my list is still the old fashioned way of cooking spaghetti. It is still a kid's most favorite meal. This is also a very healthy recipe to boast the energy of your kids.
Most important, it is a genuine comfort meal to come home from school. This is a sure way to get into your kid's heart without so much effort. Imagine his smile when he sees the meal before him. Try this old-fashioned spaghetti with a twist:

Ingredients:

(For the meatballs)

4 ounces lean ground beef
1 cup bulgur
4 ounces sausage
2 egg whites
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
I teaspoon oregano
1 cup breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

(For the spaghetti sauce)
4 cups tomato sauce
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
1 pound spaghetti
½ cup Parmesan cheese

Procedure:

1. Mix bulgur and water in a bowl. Let it stand until the bulgur is tender and the liquid is absorbed for 30 minutes.
2. Then preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the ground beef, sausage, onion, egg whites, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and the soaked bulgur in a large bowl; mix well. Then form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place the meatballs on the rack and bake for 25 minutes.
3. To prepare the sauce, put a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add basil leaves.
4. Then cook the spaghetti until it is tender for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl, with the sauce and meatballs and serve with grated cheese.

No. 5. Cheesy Healthy Chicken Macaroni Pasta-

One of the most loved meals of a child is macaroni pasta. You will never have to call him up twice if he knows it's his favorite chicken pasta. The best thing about this meal is that it is really delicious, healthy and very easy to prepare. It will only take around 10-15 minutes and presto, you are done!

Here is the easy preparation for this delightful meal:

Ingredients:

8 ounce white macaroni
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
3 cup shredded cooked chicken or turkey
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoon chopped fresh scallion greens

Procedure:

1. Boil a large pot of lightly salted water. Then ad d the macaroni pasta and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain the macaroni pasta. Set aside.

2. Then heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, stirring, until tender for 3 minutes. Add wine and cook in reduce heat for about 1 minute. Whisk milk, flour, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until smooth. Stir chicken (or turkey) and mustard into the cheese sauce; cook until heated for another 2 minutes.

3. Stir the sauce into the drained pasta. Best served with scallion greens.


Source by Carl F Samsel

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