With homeschooling and little kids, simple dinners work well. I figure once the girls are older and can help with in-depth dinners, we’ll do more complicated recipes. For now, simple, healthy dinners that can be cooked with minimal hands-on time are what works for us best.
Trim Healthy Mama introduced the world to Hangry Pockets last month and I’ve made 15-20 a week to get my freezer stocked up. Using up veggies from family and friends’ gardens has helped make these mini meals super cheap, and throwing them into the NuWave before I get hungry so they’re done before I’m a low-blood-sugar, raging mess has helped make our days much smoother! The convenience and cost-savings these pockets have brought me are enough to motivate me to fill my freezer with them.
I made a batch of vegetable Hangry Pockets today using cabbage, two types of yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, roasted tomatoes, and carrots. I sliced up three giant bowls of veggies in less than an hour (including helping the girls with a few little things during that time). The biggest tip I have for slicing lots of veggies quickly is to use sharp knives. These ones from Faberware are my favorite, along with a good mandolin slicer. My second tip? Don’t worry if the veggies are sliced perfectly. Check out those awful cuts on the yellow squash 😉
After making 20 pockets, I still had a big bowl of veggies left. I was not up for cutting more parchment paper so I decided to throw the remaining veggies in a pan and looked up a recipe for some sort of dressing that would taste good cooked.
I came across this Honey Lime Vinaigrette that sounded great. I used avocado oil instead of vegetable oil, and maple syrup instead of honey, but any sweetener would work. If you use a granulated sugar or sugar substitute like stevia to make it on plan for THM, you may need to add a tsp of water, to taste. I poured it over the veggies and sauteed them while chicken breasts were cooking on the NuWave. (I’m kind of obsessed with my NuWave, it’s like an air fryer, but with a bigger capacity and so many more uses. I’ll refer to it enough on here that you’ll think it’s another family member…)
After the chicken breasts were done cooking, I threw them in the pan with the veggies to soak up some of the vinaigrette. The total hands on time for this dinner was minimal, but the flavor was exceptional and it looked like a fancy, complicated dinner that everyone loved!
What is an easy meal your family loves?