One-Handed Meals for the Busy Vegetarian Mother 08/16/11
With a bit of advance preparation you can make delicious and nutritious meals in no time – without compromising your vegetarian diet.
Convenient foods are not always whole foods, and it can be difficult to maintain a healthful vegetarian diet when you are a busy mom on the go. With a bit of advance preparation and a good standby list of meals ready, you can feed your family nutrient-dense foods in spite of your busy routine and without compromising your vegetarian diet.
Here is one full day of meals and snacks for your busy family:
Breakfast – Crockpot Oatmeal
Even with baby on your hip, you can put these ingredients in the crockpot the night before, then “set it and forget it.” One hand to spoon it into bowls in the morning, and one hand to set the crockpot in the sink and fill with soapy water to wash later (ha!).
Lunch- Salad Wraps
If you keep a stash of chopped veggies on hand and some nuts or cooked legumes in the fridge, you can throw your ingredients on a tortilla or flatbread, slather with salad dressing and go.
Snack- DIY Trail Mix
Variety is the key here, so mix it up! Try new combinations of your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits and granolas. Keep a big bag in the pantry for refilling and little bags already filled and ready to go.
Dinner- Taco Lasagna
Pull out your taco ingredients, but instead of letting everyone make (and spill!) their own, try layering corn tortillas with salsa, queso (try this nutritional yeast version if you are vegan), refried beans and any of your favorite taco toppings. Bake until it has warmed through, or until you are finished emptying and reloading the dishwasher, moving the baby away from the toilet, and reminding the boys to pick up their Lego…Better yet, set a timer to check it in about 15 minutes.
Snack- Frozen Banana Sorbet
Frozen bananas have an amazing texture when you run them through the blender. Add some frozen berries or some cocoa powder and you have a one handed, one “pot” wonder to enjoy as you kick your feet up and survey the day’s work. Sharing with kids optional.
–Brannan is a mother of three and has been striving for a whole foods, vegetarian diet through two pregnancies and several years of breastfeeding and mommyhood. You can find her at The Pregnant Vegetarian, blogging through cookbooks and life as a vegetarian mom.