Since I’ve been back to work, I’ve also been heavily hitting the Pinterest train, with hordes of great working momma meals. Doing so, has not only spiced up my usual banal repertoire of meals we have in our home, but it’s also helping to save on some time. But I have a few criteria when it comes to if a meal is pin worthy. First it has to be relatively easy to make with few steps. It should also have an option for making extra, or prepping enough to freeze for extra to help cut on time further. And a bonus would be if I could get some lunches out of it to boot. Finally, it has to be healthy, or have the potential to still be tasty if I make a few changes to get it to be lower in calories.
I wanted to share with you some of my greatest hits of pin worthy working momma meals in two categories. First up is breakfasts since I’m out of the house by 6am and I need to bring something with me I can eat once at school. And then of course there are all the dinner options.
- Overnight Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal via The Yummy Life: I opted to make this on a Sunday and keep my eye on it because pumpkin tends to burn, but man was this delicious. It’s a little taste of fall for a morning treat.
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal via The Yummy Life: She has gobs of flavors, but as you can tell, I’m on a pumpkin kick lately. You can click the link and find 7 more varieties within this post. So easy to make a few and have ready to grab from the fridge in the morning.
- Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal via Cooking with Jax: I opted to make this again on the weekend and had 6 breakfasts ready to go for the week. And with Honey Crisp Apple season going on right now, this oatmeal is DELICIOUS!
- Mass Production Egg McMuffins via Brandy on LWM: Brandy posted here back in March about how she makes her version of Egg McMuffin sandwiches. I make these every week I’m working. My husband loves them too. I beef his up with more cheese, while I use lower fat shredded cheese to keep mine around 250 calories. I’ve changed up how I make them a bit, though. I scramble up 6 whole eggs and 3 egg whites and bake it in the oven in a brownie pan. I cut them into 6 pieces and I’ve got enough 6 sandwiches.
- Baked Chicken Parmesan via Skinny Taste: This one turned into a freezer meal with some tips Katherine had. I bought a package of 4 chicken breasts, split them in half, ending up with 8 servings, prepped all of them but followed the IQF method to freeze 4 of them. A week later, I defrosted them in the fridge overnight and I came home to a quick meal to assemble. This dish was super tasty. I’m going to try it with Eggplant next time too.
- 10 Minute Korean Beef Over Rice via Hormonal Imbalances: Literally, this took me 10 minutes to make. I had to buy some sauces to make this happen, but now I have them on hand to pull this together any night of the week. I also found in the freezer section sticky white rice, which saved on time. I made brown rice for me, but the sticky rice for the family was a hit. I steamed some broccoli and had a nutritious complete meal. I plan on doubling this recipe next time so I can get more than 1 lunch out of it.
- Simple Pasta y Fagioli via Hormonal Imbalances: I have made this recipe a ton! And the kid will even eat it. She does pick around the beans, but has no clue that there are some beans and veggies pureed in the broth. I’ve made this both on the weekend and during the week. And I always get lunches out of it. I make grilled cheese on the side to go with it for dinner. I make a half sandwich for me to keep on the healthier side.
- Crock Pot Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers via no. 2 pencil: This is a huge winner in my house! I’ve made it twice and generally make it on the weekend, but I have leftovers for lunch. I use lower fat Mexican cheese and 7% fat beef to cut down on the calories. As a side, I make some cornbread muffins from a mix, so all I do is add water and BOOM! Complete meal. I find that I have enough filling for 5 peppers. Also, I cook them on high for 4 hours, and really they are done just a little before the 4 hour mark, though the recipe calls for longer and cooking it on low.
Well, that’s what I’ve tried out so far since the school year started a month and a half ago. I have a lot more that I’ve pinned to go through. I can’t wait to try more.
What are some of your favorite meals that could work for working momma meals? Do you have any of your recipes you can link to? I’d love to continue to build my working momma meal repertoire.