With small kids, my days are busy. And sometimes, busy is an understatement. Things just get downright hectic sometimes, and I am lucky if I get one good meal a day. And honestly, even with my attempt to be better with meal planning, let's face it, left overs don't always last, and I don't have time to prepare a meal from scratch for lunch AND dinner.
So this post is for those of you who are looking for a yummy, healthy lunch/dinner option that's quick & easy.
Bennett is typically up by 6:30am, 7:00 if I'm lucky. He usually crawls into bed with me and I turn on the PBS kids app on the iPhone and I zone out for another hour or so while he watches Curious George or Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
8:00am, Easton is awake!! Time to get the kids downstairs and fix them breakfast. This usually consists of oatmeal and fruit of some kind. Oh and chocolate milk, because thanks to my Husband who introduced the Nesquick powdered chocolate milk mix, the kids won't drink regular milk anymore. But that's neither here nor there.
I had to set a reminder on my phone to go off at 9:15am to remind me to get Bennett to speech therapy at 9:45. So by now, we're rushing around getting dressed, and tracking down missing shoes. I get the kids piled in the car to head off to our local elementary school where Bennett meets with his speech therapist.
We get home around 10:45, and usually veg out on the couch a little bit before I get lunch started.
11:00, I get the ball rolling for lunch. Mac & Cheese for my picky eater, and I prepare chicken, cheese & more fruit for the littlest. Poop, it's almost noon and I haven't eaten at all today. Typical. But alas, I need to get the kids cleaned up and ready to go again. Time for big brother to go to preschool.
Pile back in the car, and take Bennett to his preschool for 2 hours. At this point, we are already 30 minutes past Easton's nap, so after school drop off, I rush home to put the baby down in hopes he'll get in a little snooze before we have to go pick up Bennett.
Whew. Easton is down for a nap, and now?? I have one whole hour to myself. What should I do? Take a shower? Nap? Work? Oh yah... I should eat. But truth be told, I don't want to spend my one precious solitary hour today, making lunch. I want something quick & easy. And preferably healthy.
This is where the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals come in. I got these bad boys at Target, and was super anxious to try them. There are six different options: Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. I picked up all of the ones that didn't include fish, because, I am not a seafood fan. And? They are all amazing!! They are made from 100% all natural and wholesome ingredients, with sauce you can add yourself if you want.
Another cool thing I found out? Together with their farmers, they are donating a portion of their vegetables grown for Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals to local communities. I think that's a pretty rad thing to do!
So the one pictured here, is the Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. I was impressed with how good it tasted. Chicken, Broccoli, Whole Grain Pasta with a yummy red sauce -- for around a 270 calories. I'll take it.
But the best part? They take about 6 minutes to prepare! And it takes me even less time to eat, because I'm usually starving by the time these are done cooking. It's nice to find a solution to my lunchtime woes. I love that I get to spend nap time (albeit a short naptime) doing a few things I need to get done, but still enjoy a delicious and healthy meal.
On a typical day, after I gobble up my lunch, I run up to my office to try and get some work & blogging done!
Who elses kids like to be outside to greet their Dad when he drives up??
Ah... he's home now!! Next, dinner commences, we vedge out a little. When 7:00pm rolls around and it's time to put the kiddo's to bed!! And done.
That's a peek into what a day might look like in my life. And I'm telling you, having a fast, healthy lunch option makes things SO much easier. I definitely recommend Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals!!