Easy Recipes for Moms On-The-Go
Us mamas have a to-do list as long as the Declaration of Independence. And just as we think we are crossing off the final chore on the list, somehow more chores magically appear. I know you know what I mean, Moms! We are constantly in search of tips and tricks to help us cut down prep time when it comes to cooking meals and snacks for our families. We often find amazing recipes online, but the prep time is 45 minutes or more, yikes! Like you, we just don’t have that kind of free time right now. In the essence of saving time, but preserving quality and health benefits, we’ve put together our three favorite quick snack recipes for on-the-go moms. We hope your kiddos love them as much as ours do.
Hummus and veggie sticks: Hummus is a delicious snack that is super healthy. Hummus is made from chick peas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tahini, which is sesame seed paste. It is packed with protein, fiber, folate, and various vitamins and minerals. Our personal favorite is Sabra hummus. It is so tasty and has a great texture that kids love. To start the snack packing process, grab a container like this. In the big compartment, fill it with veggie slices and sticks like carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, or any other veggies your child likes. In one small compartment, scoop in the hummus. In the other small compartment, throw in a few olives or whole wheat crackers to top off the delicious snack. This is a complete snack that is full of nutrients, very filling, and it will take no longer than 5 minutes to prepare. Plus, the handy little container is perfect to take on-the-go!
Fruit salad plus: Fruit makes for the perfect snack. Cut up apples, oranges, strawberries, banana – whatever your child prefers. Use the same container and place the cut up fruit in the larger section. In the smaller compartments, scoop in cottage cheese and yogurt. Cottage cheese is packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin B-12 for energy. Yogurt also has lots of protein and calcium, which children need. It’s best to pack this fruit salad in a larger lunch pail so you can add an ice pack to keep the cottage cheese and yogurt fresh. Throw in a spoon and your kiddo has a healthy and delicious snack, that took no time at all to prepare.
Sweet Potato “Fries”: A recipe that takes only 10 minutes to prep, (but 25 minutes to bake), and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. You’ll need 2 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 4 small ones), 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Preheat the over to 425 degrees F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place it flat side down on the cutting board. Cut the potato halves into 1 inch wide wedges. In a small bowl, combine oil, chili powder and 1 tsp of the salt. Place the potatoes on the roasting pan and brush with the mixture. Lay the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and place in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning once. Remove the pan and season with the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt. Let the wedges cool for a bit before eating. You can serve immediately for an at-home snack, or pack them in this stainless steal container to keep warm while on the go.
We always try to promote healthy eating here on joyofmom.com. When you know you are going to have a busy morning, try packing snacks the night before. Freshness is key, so when you can, try to serve fresh fruits, veggies, and other foods over boxed or bagged. Let us know what your kids love to snack on over on Instagram, we’d love to hear from you!