My favorite quick and healthy breakfast

In my house, the morning rush can be a little chaotic. After we get the kids up, fed, dressed and out the door, it doesn’t leave much time for us to make breakfast for ourselves. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I wouldn’t be able to function if I didn’t have a hearty one. Especially since I run early in the morning.

After attempting a few different grab-and-go breakfasts (pre-made egg and sausage muffins, protein muffins…etc) I’ve finally found something that’s not only easy, but healthy and hearty enough to get me through to lunch. I can’t take full credit for this though, my sister in law introduced me to this and makes it every time she stays with us!

The best part about this is that you can make it however you want. I don’t measure anything! Here are my key ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix from Trader Joe’s
  • Flax seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Sliced banana
  • Spoonful of peanut butter

After I place all this to a bowl, I add water and a little milk to the top and then throw it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. In the morning I microwave it and mix everything together. It’s SO delicious! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

What I’m meal prepping for the week ahead

Most Sundays I spend some time meal prepping. I enlist the help of my daughter who loves to mix things together and pour ingredients into bowls. I don’t want to spend too much time on it, but having some recipes on hand to make quick and healthy items to grab-and-go makes for a smooth week of healthy eating. It also means I don’t have to cook every night since I make enough to last two (sometimes three) nights.

Here’s what I’m prepping on Sunday and have on hand to make for the week…

Quinoa breakfast bars: These are seriously so good and really hit the spot for those afternoon hunger pains. A bonus is that my daughter loves them and asks for them in her lunch.

Kale, apple and quinoa salad: Since I’m already making a batch of quinoa, might as well use it for something else. I’ll wait to add the dressing for later since I’ll be using this as part of my lunches for the coming week.

Sweet potato and sausage quinoa bake: (Pictured above) Notice a theme here? More quinoa. Literally just finished eating this and it’s SO good and super easy to make. I added more kale than recommended.

Butternut squash and spinach lasagna: I’m excited to try this one. Maybe not the healthiest with all that cheese, but I’m OK with that.

Chicken pot pie: It’s Fall, but it’s still pretty warm around here. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some fall meals like a good ‘ol fashion chicken pot pie.

What are some of your favorite go-to’s?

How I find easy and fun dinner recipes

Hands down, dinner is my favorite meal of the day. It’s a time when everyone comes together and spends quality time. But I’ll be honest, it’s pretty chaotic around dinner time at my house. Why? Well, for starters I have a 3.5 year old who has a hard time sitting in her chair long enough to eat her entire dinner and a 3.5 month old who is on a schedule that I will not mess with. Meal planning is absolutely necessary in our house. If not, we’d be spending a lot of money on take-out!

I’ve found some of my favorite recipes via Pinterest, so I thought I’d share my top favs here. You’ll probably notice a theme, too – quick and simple recipes. Anything that take more than 45 minutes I can’t bother with. If you have little ones, then you know why! If not, read the first paragraph again 🙂

Pesto chicken and veggies – this uses just one pan and it’s amazing! Another bonus is that you can make it super fast.

Roasted cauliflower with dates, pine nuts and thyme – this is an excellent side dish or a perfect addition to a potluck.

Mini garden turkey loaves – this is a bit more labor intensive, but definitely worth it. My entire family gobbles these up!

Lemon chicken orzo soup – this really hits the spot on a cooler day!

One pan lemon parmesan chicken and asparagus – this is equally good with fish instead of chicken.

Mediterranean kale, cannellini and farro stew – I love soups because they’re so easy and healthy…and cheap.

If you try one of these, let me know how you like it. And if you have a favorite go-to, please share it in the comments! I’m always looking for something new.

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