Quick and Easy Kid Food: Yummy Black Bean Dip

Quick and Easy Kid Food: Yummy Black Bean Dip

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Quick & Easy Kid Food: Yummy Black Bean Dip

With 4 little mouths to feed and very little time, quick and easy kid food is my jam. Especially when its healthy and my kids will actually eat it.

This black bean dip fits the bill on all counts.

Nothing is quicker to make and it involved zero cooking. It takes less than 5 minutes and is packed with protein and fiber. Plus, my kids absolutely gobble it up!

I created it during an afternoon of desperation. You know, when you’ve gone a bit too long between trips to the grocery store and your kids are starving.

While my kids were requesting bean burritos (their favorite food) one afternoon, we didn’t have either refried beans or tortillas. In fact, we were out of most everything. But the thought of dragging all 4 of my kids to the grocery store put my brain into survival mode.

The choice was get creative or make the haul to the store.

I chose to get creative.

So I found a can of black beans and decided I’d make some bean dip. (Close to bean burritos, right?)

I threw the beans into my trusty mini food processor with some plain greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, salt, and this spice (optional, but way good). I blended it up and within minutes served it with some multigrain chips and fresh fruit, not sure what my picky little eaters would think. I was just hoping we wouldn’t have any major food freakouts. 

To my surprise, they absolutely loved it and it was immediately added to our meal rotation. It’s an easy staple that I return to again and again. Just a few minutes to whip up and then throw some tortilla chips, fruit, and veggies with it and it’s a quick and balanced meal 

Here it is!

Quick, easy and healthy kid food #healthy #easykidfood #momhacks

Kid-Friendly Black Bean Dip

This dip is quick, easy, & packed with protein and fiber! Makes a great meal served with multigrain chips and fresh fruit. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp no-salt seasoning optional

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse black beans.

  2. Add all ingredients to mini food processor and blend thoroughly.

  3. Serve with chips and fresh fruit.

You can’t beat how easy this is.

And it’s a great way to get some healthy protein into picky eaters (to help picky eaters develop healthy eating habits, check out my post here). My pickiest eater requests this almost every day. Quick and easy kid food for the win!

If you try it, let me know what you (and your kids) think!

 

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3 Brilliant Laundry Folding Hacks (Never Get Behind Again!)

3 Brilliant Laundry Folding Hacks (Never Get Behind Again!)

NEVER GET BEHIND AGAIN: 3 SIMPLE LAUNDRY FOLDING HACKS

Never fall behind on folding again with these simple folding laundry folding hacks! #laundryhacks #momhacks #laundryroutine

Do you hate folding laundry? Or is it just so hard to get to with all the other million things on your to-do list? Oh man, I feel ya sooooo much.

Having 4 kids in less than 5 years meant that laundry very quickly became the bane of my existence. Oh my gosh, it was insane. It felt like I blinked and suddenly went from doing a couple of loads a laundry a week to the seventh circle of laundry hell. 

I was drowning in the laundry of a tiny crew of dirt magnets.

Dirt magnets who routinely used their clothes as napkins. 

It was as baffling as it was depressing. I mean, how do tiny little bodies produce sooooo much laundry? Absolutely mindboggling.

And while washing laundry never seemed to be too big of a problem (because it takes like 2 seconds to start the washing machine), folding it was an another matter entirely.

While it weighed on me, it just never seemed like a pressing matter. After all, the clothes are clean.

“Do I know where that shirt is? No. But it’s clean…somewhere in these 4 overflowing baskets of clean clothes.”

Folding clothes that I’d just have to wash and fold again a week later just never got me super motivated. It felt like a waste of time.

But if I can be honest, living out of clean laundry baskets is an even greater waste of time. Not only did it take 15 minutes to find that one article of clothing my kid was searching for, but she left a mess of clothes in her wake.

That’s when I realized that the biggest waste of time was not staying on top of my folding. So I set out to figure out how I (someone who hates folding clothes with the fire of a thousand suns) could create a routine that makes it easy to keep up.

Hate folding laundry? Never fall behind again with these simple folding laundry folding hacks! #laundryhacks #momhacks #laundryroutine

And I did. I first figured our my 15 minute a day laundry hack and then discovered 3 fabulous folding laundry hacks to motivate me to do the dreaded task of folding clothes.

Here they are:

1) Use pairing

Pairing is one of the best ways to get yourself to do basically anything that you regularly put off, be it folding clothes or exercising.

Here’s what you do: you pair up an enjoyable task with the loathed task. You ONLY can do the fun thing if you are doing the unpleasant thing. This uses your desire to do the pleasurable task to get yourself to do the not-so-pleasurable task.

Things you can pair with folding clothes:

  • Listening to podcasts
  • Watching a specific TV show
  • Watching a movie
  • Listening to audiobooks
  • Listening to music
  • Movie date night with your husband (where you both fold together)

Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

The key is that you’ve got to be folding clothes in order to allow yourself to engage in the fun activity.

Like you can only watch your Netflix show when you fold laundry. It also has the added benefit of getting the joy of watching your show and not feeling guilty. All while getting your folding done.

2) Set an alarm and just do it just a few minutes a day. 

I had friend in college who absolutely hated goodbyes. So he would either just suddenly leave without saying a word or would give a quick, unexpected hug and take off without warning.

In his words, he was “ripping it off like a band-aid.” In other words, doing something painful really fast makes it less awful.

This is the rip-the-bandaid-off-fast method of folding clothes.

Set an alarm for 10 minutes and just fold whatever you can in that time. This makes folding quick and relatively painless. You can do anything for 10 minutes. And you may be surprised what you get done. This method works extremely well with my 15-minute a day philosophy to laundry.

3) Enlist your kids.

I’m constantly amazed as a parent how often my children learn things well before I think they’ll be able to. After introducing folding laundry to my older kids at 4 and 5 years old, they enthusiastically began to help me.

And not only are they more meticulous than I (which is not hard, I’ll admit), they actually love it. So I gotta tap into that while I can!

I started by giving them easy rectangular items, like wash clothes, dish towels, and baby blankets. They then happily moved on to their own clothes.

This is an especially great hack because not only does it take the pressure off of you, it teaches your children a new skill and gives them an important responsibility. So you’re just winning all over the place.

The key is to make it a routine and habit your kids are used to. Make them expect to help with folding each week or however it works for you.

Use the folding laundry hacks to get our laundry hell.

No matter how much you loathe folding, using these folding laundry hacks will make keeping up with your laundry painless...and maybe even enjoyable. Pick one or do as I do and use a combination of all of them. I fold for about 10 minutes a day, while listening to podcasts and enlist my children in folding towels, blankets, and most of their own clothes.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

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The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

We’ve all done it. We’ve all gone through periods of time where life is crazy and laundry is too overwhelming. So we end digging through piles of clean laundry every time we need something.

Or wearing a swim suit because there is no clean underwear.

No one could be more guilty than me. With 4 kids, laundry has straight up been the bane of my very existence. No matter what I did, I could never escape the piles that seemed to grow like mold throughout my house. 

(Seriously, how do little bodies make sooooooo much laundry?!?!)

And while I could usually stay up on cleaning laundry, folding it was and entirely different battle altogether. So my house would be full of disorganized baskets of clean laundry.

How many hours of my life I’ve spent digging through those baskets looking for specific items and praying for a laundry fairy, I’ll never know. Laundry has been crazy overwhelming until I discovered this simple laundry hack that has turned it all around.

The simple laundry hack that will change your life.

It’s crazy simple: Spend 15 minutes a day on laundry.

I know, you’re skeptical. How could you not be? I mean, it seems like it would have to defy the laws of nature for 15 minutes a day to actually tackle your laundry.

But here’s the thing: it does. It absolutely works. My formerly skeptical friends now rock their laundry i just a few minutes a day. 

A truth I’ve come to understand more and more is this: small and consistent efforts FAR outweigh the impact of massive and sporadic efforts. And this could be no more true than in the magic of 15 minutes a day on laundry. Here’s all you do during your 15 minutes:

  • Gather up your laundry
  • Throw a load in the washer
  • Fold the load in the dryer from yesterday
  • Then at some point in the day you take 10 seconds to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer

So easy, right? It is. And it has been that magic sauce I needed to completely destroy those laundry piles. I’ll throw a podcast on my bluetooth speaker (which follows me around the house as I clean) and in no time I’m done.

Even if I skip a day, I can usually get away just picking up the next day. Worst case scenario, I run two loads the following day.

And best of all, it saves sooooo much time in the end. You’ll actually spend way less time dealing with laundry with this strategy. Here’s why.

How it saves time:

  • No more searching through piles of clean clothes
  • No more clean clothes mixing with dirty clothes as one searches wildly through baskets of clean clothes (which results in having to rewash everything because you don’t know what’s clean. Or did that just happen to me a million times?)
  • No full days of having to wash load after load after load because there is nothing clean in your house
  • No waiting around for needed clothes to come out

Do you see!?! NOT tackling laundry is actually super time consuming. Which is why this little 15 minutes a day works. You stop wasting your valuable time.

A little bit everyday = no buildup and no stress

This laundry hack has absolutely changed my life. And it can change yours too.

By biting off a little every single day, you will never let piles add up. You will always have plenty of clean items, and clean clothes will get put away quickly. As much as I hate folding clothes, if I just have to do a little bit I just rip it off like a bandaid and get it done!

With this insanely simple and doable laundry hack, you’ll totally be able to stay up with your laundry.

Don’t let piles of laundry destroy your will to live. By building 15 minutes of laundry into your daily routine you can not only stay up on laundry, but save so much time doing so. Skeptical? Just try it for a few day and see what happens.

Let me know how it goes!

 

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5 Crazy Easy Ways to Fill Your Freezer With Meals

5 Crazy Easy Ways to Fill Your Freezer With Meals

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5 Crazy Easy Ways to Fill Your Freezer With Meals

 

There are few things that are as satisfying as a freezer stocked full of meals. But you, my friend, are seriously busy. And while you are sure of the life-changing magic of meal prep, you can’t exactly block out 10 hours to make a truckload of meals.

Luckily, getting started with meal prep can be SUPER quick and easy. Franky, you don’t have time to NOT be doing these things. With a little effort here and there, you can build up a freezer full of meals.

Try as I might, I can rarely bust out a major meal prepping session these days with 4 little kids and a jam-packed schedule. Which is why I rely on these crazy easy methods to fill up my freezer with easy-to-prepare meals.

Crazy easy meal prep ideas for beginners

1) Marinated Chicken Breasts

When suddenly dinner time hits and you’re scouring the internet for recipes, do you ever run into recipes that sounds amazing but involve chicken marinating all day? Ooof. That’s the worst.

Then the pictures taunt you saying “Hey mama, if you could just be a little more on top of it, you could be having a tasty dinner.”

That’s is why this strategy is one of my favorites. In mere minutes, you can create delicious marinated chicken for several meals that can be easily thawed and prepared. You get all the flavor of chicken marinating all day, but with very little effort and planning. It makes throwing together a dinner quick and easy.

Here’s what I do:

When there’s a good sale on chicken breasts or tenders, I LOAD up. Like awkward-looks-from-everyone load up. I then take them home, divide them into quart freezer bags (which I label before filling).

Then in each bag, I throw in some marinade. It can be as easy as bottled BBQ sauce or another store bought marinade.

Or, if you have a few extra minutes, you can make your own in just a couple of minutes. This is one of my go-to marinades:

Tasty Asian Marinade (for about 1-2 lbs chicken)

  • ⅓ c. soy sauce
  • ⅓ c. oil
  • ⅓ c. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • pepper to taste

I literally throw all the ingredients in to this amazing little processor (which I use almost daily), blend, and then pour them into the bags of chicken.

But you can use ANY marinade that your family loves. Here are some other marinade recipes with ingredients I simply throw into my mini food processor (no need to chop, slice, mince or whatever!).

Once you’ve got your chicken and marinade into bags, seal trying to get all the air out. Then lay flat in the freezer. Just pull out what you want and thaw before cooking it up. 

So stinkin’ easy.

Crazy easy meal prep ideas for beginners

2) Spaghetti sauce

Spaghetti sauce is super easy to make, freezes like a champ, and defrosts quickly. Which means that you can throw a dinner together in mere minutes.

On a night I plan to make spaghetti, I’ll triple or quadruple my favorite spaghetti sauce in my electric skillet, let it simmer, and then divide them into quart freezer bags. Once completely cool, I seal the bags and lay them flat in the freezer.

When I need a meal in a hurry, this is perfect. I can defrost a bag of sauce under running water in minutes and then heat it up in a saucepan while I cook up some pasta. And BOOM: a homemade meal in just minutes.

3) Shredded Beef

If your family likes Mexican food (mine does), getting a big roast and making a crockpot full of shredded beef is the way to go. Divide into quart freezer bags and freeze. When you’re ready to use it, you can then throw it in burritos, on rice bowls, in quesadillas, or on top of nachos.

We love this Barbacoa Beef recipe from The Recipe Critic.

4) Muffins

Don’t underestimate the power of a muffin to change your mornings.

Sounds extreme? Well, having them for breakfast for my kids has literally saved my sanity in daily chaos of my mornings. Feeding 4 kids 6 and under is no joke. And they need to be fed. All. The. Time.

Thus enters The Miraculous Muffin.

Muffins are quick and easy to make and freeze perfectly in gallon freezer bags. Plus you can stuff them full of whole grains and your kids won’t be the wiser.

You can then just pop them out of the freezer, one-by-one and stick ‘em in the microwave for 30 seconds. And BOOM, you’ve got an instant breakfast or snack.

These Healthy Pumpkin Muffins from Cookie & Kate are our current family favorite.  Need some more healthy muffin ideas? Check out these easy recipes that simplify our mornings.

5) Waffles

If you’ve ever been seduced by the convenience of an Eggo waffle, then you’ll want to try this out. It’s infinitely cheaper and a waaaay healthier option.

On a morning you’re making waffles anyways (usually weekends at our house), double or triple (or more) the recipe.

Cook up all the waffles and stack the remainder in gallon freezer bags. To avoid sticking to each other, you can place a small piece of parchment paper between each waffle.

When you’re ready to eat, just pull them out and either microwave for 30 seconds or stick in the toaster. I also do the exact same thing with pancakes. 

A stocked freezer, a few minutes at a time

Filling your freezer full of meals doesn’t have to be some overwhelming endeavor. But it WILL make your life so much easier and reduce your stress level. With these simple strategies, no matter how busy you are, you can create a regular routine of meal prep. With a few minutes here and there, you can create a freezer meal stash that will save you time, money, and fill you with deep satisfaction.

You’ve got this!

 

 

 

 

 

15 Ways to Conquer Mom Overwhelm

15 Ways to Conquer Mom Overwhelm

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15 Ways to Conquer Mom Overwhelm

Mom life is tough. You’ve got about 50 problems coming at you at once and you’re just trying to keep everyone alive without going insane.

When my 4 kids are all screaming at once, there’s a puddle of pee on my floor, and my house looks like the aftermath of a tornado it takes a lot to not lock myself in the bathroom and cry.

While the joys of motherhood are real and intense, so are the dramatic lows where you find yourself locked in a bathroom with little fists pounding on the door as you cry in frustration and despair.

While it’s impossible to be The Perfect Mom™ (newsflash: she doesn’t exist) there are many ways that you can keep overwhelm at bay. These simple habits will not only help you avoid overwhelm, but be happier and healthier.

1) Make your health a priority.

This is most important thing you can do, and yet it’s the first thing that gets kicked to the curb when overwhelm hits.

But think about airplane safety. The flight attendant always goes through that little thing where they remind you that in case of an emergency to put on your own mask first.

This absolutely applies to motherhood.

So many moms put their needs last, afraid to take care of themselves thinking it will take away from their kids. But it’s not a win-lose game where if you are focusing on yourself, your kids are missing out.

It’s actually the opposite: The better care you give yourself, the better equipped you are to take care of your family. You can’t give your kids your best when you are running on empty and about to lose it.

2) Get enough sleep.

Quality sleep may be challenging as a busy mom, but it’s possible. It’s just not going to happen on it’s own. It’s gonna take some effort to lay this important foundation for your health. Here are some strategies to improve your sleep.

Sleep should be your number 1 health priority. Your sleep is 100% linked to basically every part of your health (weight, energy level, skin health etc). It’s also directly correlated to the amount of patience you have (which comes in handy as a mom).

When we are exhausted, we eat entire bags of chips and move at a snails pace as we try and attack our to-do lists. We lose our cool and yell at our kids. Great sleep is the foundation for being a happy, healthy, and organized mom.

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3) Wake up before your kids.

Waking up before your kids will supercharge your productivity and give you important “me time” when you are energized.

Even if it’s just enough time to get dressed, brush your teeth, and set your intentions (see #5). Waking up before your kids puts you in control of your day from the beginning. You’re not just responding to the bedside demands from your children as they ply you from your covers.

I find that waking up early, exercising, and getting a few thing done before my kids are awake honestly makes me feel like there are more hours in the day. For tips to wake up early, check out these 9 fail-proof tips.

4) Make your bed.

If you’re skeptical of this one, I get it. I used to think making my bed was the biggest waste of time. That is, until I actually gave it a shot. Now I’m a full believer in the power of making your bed everyday.

Making your bed right when you wake up gives you and immediate and visible “win” for the day. You get a little jolt of happiness/and or feeling of accomplishment. Starting your day with an easy win, sets you up to start knocking more tasks out of your way.

Also, one major source of mom overwhelm is clutter and disarray. Simply keeping your bed and bedroom in order will soothe your worried soul when the rest of your house looks like a tornado swept through it.

Simply, I get more done on days that I make my bed.

5) Set your intentions for the day in the morning.

You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. This is especially true for moms. You’ve got a million things coming at you at once and little people to keep alive.

So how can you manage your home, family, AND prioritize your health? At the start of your day, you’ve got to determine what the most important things you can accomplish today. Where will your focus be?

This can take many forms. For example:

  • to-do lists
  • visualization
  • journaling
  • talking it out with your spouse

The key is to decide, right off the bat, what are the few things that you want accomplish for the day. Then you don’t let the little challenges (that inevitably come) derail your day.

For example, if my goals are to be an attentive mom and to get some meal prepping done, then a dirty house or an unexpected phone call wont throw me off. When my child slips and falls, I’ll snuggle her and ignore my messy house. When someone calls to chat, I’ll find a way keep it short and get back to making meals.

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6) Find an exercise you enjoy & do it regularly.

We all know we should be exercising. The benefits are awesome for both physical and mental health. It boosts your mood and gives you more energy throughout the day.

But the key isn’t just exercising, it’s actually finding something you want to do. If it’s not something you look forward to, you aren’t going to do it when life gets crazy. Which then just makes life harder to handle.

Find an exercise activity that you like and schedule it regularly. Not everyone has to love the gym or running or crossfit. Don’t beat yourself up or try and force yourself. Find what works for you and you’ll actually look forward to doing it.

7) Pick your battles wisely.

Every day, you are bombarded with challenges. But YOU decide which are worth even dealing with.

You can’t do it all, but you can do what is important and valuable to YOU.

For example, I do not battle over my kids clothes and hair. It does not affect my happiness one bit. Instead, the fact that they dress themselves from about age 2 and on makes my life considerably easier. 

Do they look like they were dressed by someone dropping acid? Sure! But they love having control and autonomy over how they look. And I skip any battle over brushing their hair or making sure they match. 

(Note: We do “brush our hair for Jesus” so they look presentable at church. Usually.)

On the other hand, I am really concerned about creating healthy eating habits. Therefore, I put a lot more energy and effort into preparing healthy foods and encouraging them to like things that are good for their bodies.

Pick your priorities and let go of the rest.

8) Shower & get dressed everyday.

Showering and getting dressed for the day will make you more productive and efficient.

Mind you, “dressed for the day” does not mean you need to be ready for an Instagram lifestyle shot. It means you are clean, clothed (no pajamas), and have brushed your teeth. Figure out what kind of daily “uniform” is easy to throw on. but makes you feel “ready”.

By the way, this shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Remember, dry shampoo is your best friend. It’s going to save you so much time! 

Brilliant Hacks to Conquer Mom Overwhelm

9) Spend 15 minutes on laundry every day.

Spending a little time everyday doing something is far more effective than massive and sporadic bursts of activity. This principle applies perfectly to that fearsome beast: laundry.

A little everyday will ensure that it doesn’t ever get out of control. Think about it: in fifteen minutes, you can throw in a load of laundry and fold the laundry from your load the day before.

This has absolutely changed my life. As a mother of 4, laundry plagued my life. Especially folding. Ugh. I would do one big push a week, gathering, sorting, washing. It was a massive undertaking. And I could never manage to get much folded. Which meant living out of the clean laundry baskets (a time-sucking habit).

But now, I fit my “laundry 15” into my regular morning routine of taking care of kids and cleaning up after breakfast. I spend far less time on it, yet it never gets out of control.

10) Give individual attention and snuggles to each child daily.

Having 4 kids means that this takes some thought. But this goes a LONG way to create a happy home.

Lot’s of snuggles make happier kids. And crabby kids make for a crabby and frustrated mama.

Remember, most crabby kids don’t need a lecture: they need a good long hug. More snuggles usually translate into a happier day. For everyone.

11) Have a reliable babysitter (or several)

There are a few facts of life you can count on. Water is wet. The sky is blue. And you need to get out of your house without your kids.

Whether on a date with your husband or when an emergency pops up, you need someone you trust that can watch you kids. If you don’t have family to rely on, it sometimes takes time and effort to find these people. But it’s worth it.

Also, having a mother mom friend with whom you can trade babysitting is magical for a busy mom. I highly recommend finding a trading buddy. I’m lucky enough to live just a few miles from my college BFF, so we often do date night trade offs.

12) Live by 1 minute rule

This is simple: If a task will take only 1 minute or less to complete, do it right away.

Whether it’s putting something away, responding to a text, throwing away junk mail, or clearing off the counter. If it takes less than a minute, do it immediately.

This gives you 2 boosts: you get the satisfaction of getting something done plus it creates momentum to accomplish more tasks. And it keeps small tasks from building up and becoming overwhelming.

13) Use the “10 minute clean” philosophy.

When you have huge messes to clean and no time (i.e. every moment of your life), this strategy is perfect. Especially when you’ve just put the kids down for bed.

Muster whatever strength you have for just 10 minutes and do a whirlwind clean. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in 10 minutes of focused effort.

It’s usually enough to get areas of your house in good enough shape to feel fine moving on to an essential task or going to bed (see #2).

 

14) Declutter, declutter, declutter.

The more things you have, the more messes you have to clean up. So the more clutter you have, the more time it takes to manage it and the crazier you feel.

My favorte decluttering stratiegy: Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up

This book immediately changed my life. Not only did we get rid of 1/3 of our possessions and make hundreds of dollars selling stuff, but it made my home a million time easier to manage (and more pleasant to be in!).

If you feel like your house it cluttered, get this book, read it, and let the magic rain upon you like dew from heaven. 

15) Have a soul-satisfying outlet built into your schedule.

You love being a mom. You adore your children. But you can’t be fulfilled as a person when you lose sight of yourself outside of your role as “mom”.

You need an outlet that makes your soul happy and makes you feel quintessentially YOU. Whether playing music, singing, reading, crafting, DIY, going to flea markets, or whatever. You need something that brings you joy and satisfaction apart from being a mom. And you need to do it regularly.

Banish mom overwhelm bit-by-bit

Being a mom is hard, but through the difficulty and overwhelm comes the moment of sheer bliss. Like when you see your child says “I love you” for the first time and gives you a big wet kiss. Or watching your child show kindness to another child at the park. When we put systems in place that help eliminate overwhelm, we can have more of those sweet moments of pure joy and fewer where we want to scream into our pillows. You don’t need to try and do it all at once. Start with one tip and see what happens.

You’ve got this, mama!

Brilliant Hacks to Conquer Mom Overwhelm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Quick & Healthy Dinner Recipes (in under 30 minutes)

7 Quick & Healthy Dinner Recipes (in under 30 minutes)

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7 Quick & Healthy Dinner Recipes Under 30 Minutes

Quick & Heathy Dinner Recipes Under 30 Minutes

Just an average mom day is insanely busy. So when 5:00 o’clock hits, your kids are hungry and there’s no dinner made, what usually happens?

Do you heat up some heavily-processed foods you’ve got lying around or end up in a drive-thru?

Skip the processed, unhealthy junk with these 7 awesome quick and healthy dinner recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. These recipes will save you money and time while providing your family with a healthy and delicious meal.

Quick & Heathy Dinner Recipes Under 30 Minutes

1) 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp (from Sally’s Baking Addiction) 

(image from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

 

Shrimp is healthy, delicious, and cooks up in minutes. I absolutely LOVE shrimp and so does my family. So I buy it in bulk at Costco. This quick Honey Garlic Shrimp is divine and so incredibly easy. Pair with steamed veggies and some rice.

2) Crispy Parmesan Chicken w/ Zucchini (from the Recipe Critic)

(image from The Recipe Critic)

 

Have you got picky little eaters in your family? Not a problem here. This crispy chicken will not last long, even among the pickest eaters.

And while I am a huge fan of zucchini, you can pair the chicken with any veggie you like.

3) Paleo Skillet Beef Fajitas (from A Healthy Life For Me)

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These quick and easy fajitas fit the bill for a lot of healthy eating (paleo, gluten-free, whole30). While this one involves more chopping and ingredients than the other recipes, it’s loaded with vitamins, fiber, and nutrients.

Note: if you use jalapenos, be careful. I recently handled jalapenos without gloves, rubbed my nose and eyes without thinking and ended up with a face and fingers on fire. It was not pleasant.

4) Sheet Pan Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon (from Eat Yourself Skinny)

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The beauty of this recipe is that it’s all cooked on one pan. One cooking dish for an entire healthy meal.

5) 30 Minute Roasted Cauliflower Chowder (from Simply Quinoa)

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Oh man, this soup is so good–and it’s got protein! While I love cauliflower on it’s own, this chowder adds some really delicious ingredients like humus and the results are fantastic.

Also, I find that pureed soups are a great way to give kids vegetables since they can’t actually see any vegetables.

If they see it, it’s game over in my house. But I can stick all manner of goodness in blended soups! I use this awesome immersion blender to quickly and easily puree my soups.

6) Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken (from Eat Yourself Skinny)

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Yet another sheet pan wonder from Eat Yourself Skinny. Quick, delicious, and easy clean up. 

7) Grilled Chicken Fajita Kebabs (from Fit Foodie Finds)

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These flavor packed kebabs can be made on the grill or in the oven. Kebabs cook up SUPER fast!

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With these quick and healthy dinner recipes, you can easily prepare meals that you can feel good about serving your family.

Good luck, mama!