Moms I work with often complain about the struggle to cook daily meals which will make everyone happy – the kids, hubby and of course you. Some kids are extremely picky eaters and it’s really hard to introduce new foods to them without a struggle. So moms end up cooking two or sometimes three meals, or just succumb to the convenience of processed foods which is quick to pop and serve to avoid further conflicts and confrontations. And that happens every single day.
Husbands, many times don’t support their wives (who want to introduce healthier meals) because they perceive healthy food as bird food and real men don’t eat food for birds, they need their steak! What they are actually saying is that healthy food is perceived as not filling and not satisfying to their pallet.
Some moms just don’t enjoy the act of cooking or spending too much time in the kitchen. Cooking is viewed as a drag or an annoying chore. Whatever the reason is, the fact is we all have to eat and nothing we do or say will ever change that.
I understand this struggle first hand because I used to face it too. Right now things are much different around meal time, all thanks to the new habits we’ve acquired, which take a lot of time to develop… trust me!
Today, I want to share a quick and easy recipe which is designed to face all the above challenges. It is kid friendly – not mixed and mushy. It has meat – so your hubby will be happy. And it it perfectly food combined – great news for weight loss!
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Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe
Ingredients (for 2 adults and 2 kids)
1 lb chicken/turkey breast (preferably organic)
Green beans (as much as your family will eat)
2 heads of a broccoli, cut up into florets
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1. preheat the oven to 420 degrees
2. cut the chicken up, wash and drain
3. rinse the beans and steam/simmer for about 5-7 minutes
4. steam the broccoli for 5-7 minutes
5. when vegetables are ready, transfer them to a bowl and season with Himalayan or sea salt. You can add white or yellow sesame if kids don’t mind it
6. prepare spices mixture – in a small bowl combine the oil and spices
7. line a baking tray with parchement paper and place chicken breasts on it. Brush the chicken with the spice mixture and bake in the oven for 30 minutes
Note: use leftover chicken as topping for your salad lunch the next day. Cut it up into wedges and enjoy!
2 tomatoes, cut into small cubes
2 mangos, cut into small cubes
1 yellow/red onion, chopped
a handful of basil leaves chopped up (optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
1-2 tsp Flax oil
combine everything, season, mix and serve on top of the chicken.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try 🙂
To your family’s health!
p.s. I am currently working on a cookbook with meals similar to the recipe above. All meals are kid-friendly, hubby friendly, healthy and take less than 30 minutes to make. If such a cookbook is of interest to you please let me know, and also feel free to share your own recipes that are in line with this cookbook. I want this cookbook to be a great resource for busy moms with young children. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Give your family the gift of vibrant health, one meal at a time