I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’ve never really enjoyed cooking. There are usually at least 645 other things I’d rather do instead. However, the fact of the matter is that no matter how much I dislike doing it, my family and I need to eat. This year I resolved to expand my cooking horizons by trying new, and healthier, recipes. Thus began my search for nutritious recipes that were not only tasty and family approved, but also as quick and painless as possible.
I should probably mention that these recipes are paleo, gluten-free, and dairy free as well. There may be a few ingredients required that you might not have on hand yet – like coconut oil, almond meal/flour, and coconut sugar. Fear not! They aren’t difficult to find, whether you’re shopping at Whole Foods or Stop and Shop.
That said, I now bring to you my top “kid-tested, mother-approved” recipes so far. From my kitchen to yours – Bon appetite!
Breakfast is all about starting your day off right. You want to eat something that’s not going to leave you hungry an hour later. Well, this Cinnamon Banana Mug Cake from Delighted Momma really takes the cake (pun intended)! Although I like to call it Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal because it just feels strange telling someone you’re eating cake for breakfast; especially because it’s actually healthy.
One banana (I like to use really ripe ones)
3 rounded tbs of almond meal
1 tbs of coconut sugar
1 tbs of coconut oil
½ tsp of vanilla
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of baking powder
dash of sea salt (optional)
1. Mix all of the ingredients (except for the banana) together in a microwave safe mug or dish.
2. Mush the banana up. The fastest way to do this is to put it in a sandwich bag and mush it between your hands. Then, cut one of the bottom corners of the bag off and squeeze the mushed banana into your dish.
3. Stir everything together.
4. Microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy!
I often throw all the ingredients together into a container the night before (except for the banana) so I can bring it with me to work and heat it up in the microwave there. You wouldn’t believe how many people have told me how good it smells and asked what I’m having for breakfast. Hence, why I call it Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal.
I find Dinner to be the most challenging meal to cook. I finally feel like I might be getting out of the “it’s either boring or unhealthy” dinner slump. One of my newly adapted little secrets for doing so is that there are some nights, not all, that I make dinner the night before once the kiddos are in bed. Oddly enough, I’m actually enjoying cooking a little more. Of course pouring myself a glass of wine (or two) while I’m cooking certainly doesn’t hurt things either! I think one of the biggest factors for why I despised cooking dinner is simply my lack of planning ahead. I’d get home from a long day of work and then realize I needed to figure out what the heck I was going to feed my family for dinner. Cooking dinner the night before, when I’m not utilizing my crock pot, has really been my saving grace.
I recently made this Turkey Meatloaf recipe the night before serving it to my family and it was a hit!
2 – 2.5 lbs of ground turkey
1 cup almond meal/flour
½ yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbs garlic powder
3 tbs onion powder
8 – 10 slices of turkey bacon, 2 sliced, cooked, and diced
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Dice up your 2 pieces of bacon and throw in a frying pan to cook for about 5 – 7 minutes.
3. While the bacon’s cooking, mix together all of the other ingredients (except for your remaining slices of uncooked bacon) in a large bowl. Once your 2 pieces of bacon are done cooking, add them to the bowl and mix them in.
4. Put the mixed ingredients into a large loaf pan and cover the top with the uncooked bacon.
5. Cook for about 45 minutes.