Delicious and Easy Recipes for Moms With Little Free Time

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As a mom, self-care is often on your backburner. One way to make it a priority is by incorporating delicious meals that you actually want to eat into your day.

Self-care is often a low-priority area for moms, but this isn’t the way life should be. If we’re running on empty, there’s no way we can help keep the family running, too—not without burning ourselves out. So here are some delicious and easy recipes for moms with little free time, designed to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Breakfast Bakes

We’ve heard our whole life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and preach the same to our children. At the same time, breakfast is one of our lowest priorities as we make sure everyone else is starting the day on the right foot. Here’s a delicious, easy meal idea to help you start the day right too.

Sheet Pan Meals are totally customizable and easy to clean up. While sheet pans make a big enough breakfast for the whole family, prioritize yourself by creating a section with your favorite mix-ins. Sheet pan pancakes can contain your favorite fruits, nuts, and sweets. Sheet pan egg bakes can include your favorite veggies, meats, and cheeses.

Leafy Lunches

Most of us are tempted to skip lunch as we rush through our day, but if we want to set a good example for our children and take care of our mental health, we need to slow down and let ourselves eat lunch. Try this delicious, easy meal idea to help you take that mid-day break.

Salad sounds like a bland lunch idea, but again, they’re totally customizable for you and are easy to throw together. The basic components of a salad are leafy greens, protein, and healthy fat. So use the leftover salad mix from last night or chop up the kale your kids refuse to eat, and start adding things. Any lean protein will help keep your energy steady through the afternoon, and a healthy fat will add flavor and fullness. You can keep adding from there, including your favorite fruits, veggies, and spices for extra flavor.

Skillet Suppers

Self-care and the dinner table seem totally juxtaposed. How can you possibly take care of yourself and actually eat what you want when trying to keep the kitchen clean and encourage picky eaters? There are two principles to live by at dinner: bigger is better, and customization is key. Sheet pan pizza can have different sections with everyone’s favorite toppings, including yours. Tacos, skillet rice bowls, and pasta will also satisfy your adult taste buds while filling your kid’s belly.

Taking care of ourselves can start with eating—not just eating on the go or finishing leftovers but slowing down and enjoying meals customized to what we want. These are just a few ideas for delicious and easy recipes for moms with little time, but they’re a great place to start practicing self-care in the kitchen.

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