Calling all busy moms and career women: How to find time to cook.
Life moves fast. But life moves at super speed when you’re a busy mom (especially if you’re a new mom!) and when you’ve got a career to focus on.
It’s difficult – you’d love to cook nutritious meals every day and take control of your health and wellbeing, but the mere thought seems impossible. Moms have got enough to do: taking care of your growing family, doing endless laundry and sometimes struggling to stay awake after getting up several times during the night.
Similarly, juggling a career with overtime, the gym and a busy social life leaves little time for cooking delicious healthy meals from scratch.
But what if we told you cooking an evening meal only has to take 20 minutes? And that includes doing the washing up.
Preparing quick easy healthy meals comes down to two things: one, keeping your meals simple; and two, investing in durable and unique kitchen accessories that will cut meal prep time in half.
Try this for a quick, simple meal – suitable for everyone with busy households and careers!
Pan fried sea bass with tomato and avocado salsa
You’ll need (adjust quantities accordingly):
- Sea bass fillets
- Olive oil
- Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
- 1 ripe avocado
- Tenderstem broccoli
- Optional: fresh chili, bacon lardons, coriander
Let’s get cooking:
- Finely chop the avocado using our essential 3-in-1 avocado slicer and mix in a bowl with the tomatoes. Add crispy bacon lardons and fresh chili or chili flakes if you like. Season with salt and pepper, and top with coriander.
- Season the sea bass fillets with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
- Add the sea bass (skin side down) and the broccoli and spinach (or another leafy green of your choice) to the pan. Put the lid on and allow to steam until cooked, remembering to flip the fish halfway through cooking. This shouldn’t take more than 6-7 minutes.
Crisp the skin under a grill if you like, and serve with brown rice or potato rosti to add some energy-boosting carbohydrates!
That’s just one of our healthy recipes – and it takes just 10-15 minutes. Cooking doesn’t have to be a long and arduous chore, especially if you invest in the right kitchen tools and equipment. The good news is that our gadgets are designed to make cooking a breeze, and the even better news is that ALL of our products are discounted!
For example, a 5 in 1 vegetable shredder could make life easier, a leaf stripper could make adding those final flourishes to your meal much faster, and if you love pineapple, a pineapple peeler could literally change your life!
In addition to prep tools and accessories, we also stock personal steamers and on-the-go accessories like double layer lunch boxes and fruit infusion water bottles, so you can enjoy simple healthy lunches at the office or your place of work.
Say no to soggy sandwiches – try one of our healthy lunch ideas for work instead.
Tuna protein pot
- 1-2 eggs
- Handful of green beans
- Handful of cherry tomatoes
- A tin of tuna
- 1 tbsp French dressing
Let’s get cooking:
- Boil the egg for 8-10 mins (depending on if you want a soft or hard yolk). Meanwhile, steam the green beans until tender.
- Cool the egg and beans under running water then carefully shell and quarter the egg. Leave to cool.
- Tip the beans into your lunch box. Top with tomato, tuna and the quartered egg and spoon on the French dressing. Seal until ready to eat – this will keep in the fridge for two days.
We also stock a number of fun, colorful kitchen utensils to help moms get their kids into the kitchen! Check out our crocodile shaped tongs and whale shaped pot strainer which could encourage your kids to start learning this key skill early on. It could even reduce your prep time, once they get the hang of it. Click here to take a look at our easy fast dinner recipes which the whole family can get involved with.
What about new moms? If you’re a brand new mom, it’s important to take postpartum dietary requirements into account, even if you’re not breastfeeding. New moms are likely to be nutritionally depleted and feel tired and run-down, so fueling your body with nutrient-dense foods is crucial to keep you in optimal health.
In order to speed up postpartum recovery and meet the new demands placed on your body, try basing your diet on nourishing but easily digestible foods and anti-inflammatory foods to minimize bloating and discomfort. It may also be worth cutting back on caffeine and chocolate, which could keep baby awake if you’re breastfeeding, and foods with strong, potent tastes like garlic and hot spices. Here’s an easy recipe for all those new moms out there – something you can make a huge batch of and come back to for days.
Easy chicken noodle soup
- 900ml chicken vegetable stock
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
- 50g rice or wheat noodles
- 2 tbsp sweetcorn, canned or frozen
- 2-3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 spring onions, shredded
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- Optional: basil leaves to serve
Let’s get cooking:
- Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken and ginger. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the chicken is tender.
- Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using a couple of forks
- Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 mins until the noodles are tender.
- Ladle into bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions and herbs. Serve with extra soy sauce for sprinkling.
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