Fall is here and with it we are feeling cooler temperatures and are seeing leaves changing color. School is back in session and with that, an increase in after-school activities. Sometimes multiple sports with multiple kids in multiple places. Making family meals seem challenging. Unfortunately, the ever present feeling of being strapped for time can cause families to make unhealthy choices, typically found at the drive-through window.
Providing healthy food for your family is a priority for most, however challenging to find on the road. Whether you are feeding everyone in a fury before dashing off to practice or eating in the car on the way to multiple destinations, here are a few ideas to make meals on the move simple and healthy!
Quick meals before hitting the road
A little planning ahead makes feeding the troops before heading out simple. Although having options that everyone agrees on can be a challenge. Keeping the ingredient list short and options limited might make dining before you dash a much better deal.
Portable meals - let's wrap this up
I am a firm believer that you can put almost anything in a tortilla to make a meal portable - perhaps soup is the exception. This still leaves many other foods you can wrap up and go! For example, chicken caesar salad or any other salad for that matter. Lightly dress the lettuce in a bowl, place in the center of a tortilla, then add chicken or any other vegetable you fancy. Fold up the ends, roll it up, and wrap in a paper towel and perhaps a small piece of foil on the end and off you go!
This wrapping method can be used for breakfast too. Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito?
Slow and low - A perfect cooking tempo
Using a slow cooker is a sure fire way to ensure whatever you are preparing will be tender and juicy. One pot meals are also fantastic! Clean up in minimal and the flavors are married perfectly together.
Here are a few recipes that include a slow cooking and one pot, courtesy of www.skinnytaste.com. They are simple, delicious and every recipe from this site includes nutrition information. Which is super helpful if you are trying to be a mindful eater.
One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Stove-Top Recipe)
Nutrition per serving (scant 1 1/2 cups): 377 Calories; 10.5g Fat; 23.5g Protein; 43.5g Carbohydrates; 5g Fiber; 567mg Sodium
Easiest Salsa Verde Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
Nutrition per serving (1/2 cup): 145 Calories; 2g Fat; 26g Protein; 5g Carbohydrates; 0g Fiber; 415mg Sodium
Beef Tacos (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
Nutrition per serving (2 tacos): 382 Calories; 20g Fat; 31g Protein; 24g Carbohydrates; 8g Fiber; 744mg Sodium
~Olivia Mathisen-Holloman, RDN, CD
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