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Mama to Mama: EASY MEALS


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It’s been a long day. Work, mama-ing, and what ever unscheduled fire you had to put out, didn’t leave time for a shop. But dinner must be made. Read on for some last-minute, super-easy dinner inspo.

Forgetful Salad

“Place whatever bread (or potatoes) that you have, in a bowl. Celery? Excellent. Chop that too. You must have at least one apple, or a few grapes handy. Throw them in for sweetness. Toss in a sprinkling of nuts. Pine nuts, if possible. Sprinkle with fresh or dried oregano, or whatever green herbs you may have hidden in the back of the fridge. If you have used bread, oil and vinegar are best to soften the starch. If potatoes, we use a non-dairy and mustard dressing. Any left over protein makes a wonderful topper. (I add garlic and chopped shallots to the adult plates. The boys won’t eat these two in their raw form, alas.)

If you are fortunate enough to have any cheese in the house, you can quickly cook them into small round crisps. At 400 degrees, this shouldn’t take more than 4 minutes, plus a few to cool.

A cup of salad, with a few crisps, will provide at least 400-500 calories, and 22 grams of fat per serving. (Bless oils.)”

– Claire, mama of two

 

“when ever we are out of time and food I whizz up some pesto. It packs lots of flavour and nutrients and you can sub in so many variations. We put it on anything from pasta to pizza to rice to steamed or raw veggies and call it a meal.

Herb Pesto

3 handfuls loosely packed fresh herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, thyme etc)

1 handful nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews)

2 cloves garlic

enough olive oil to make the blender work

freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste

1 handful cheese if you are the kind of family that have cheese

 

1. put everything in the blender. blend until smooth-ish and saucy.

2. generously scoop onto any other food to make it tastier ! ”

-Laura, mama of one

 

“As crazy as this seems, I am currently on an idli kick. Don’t know what idlis are? They are a South Indian fermented rice cake. The batter takes a bit of time but then you just let it sit and rise like a sourdough batter and it only takes 10 minutes to cook them. My other go-to is taco night. In our case this just involves warming up some sprouted corn tortillas, adding organic ground beef or soaked beans from the freezer, avocado, cheese, and every green thing we can find in the refrigerator. ”

-Manda, mama of two

“I’m a huge fan right now of making meals all in one pot. I make a veggie rice dish using whatever veggies/beans we have on hand.
1. Sauté the veggies (ex: onions, broccoli, okra & tomatoes)
2. add the rice (white, brown, wild, it totally works with quinoa too!). Sauté briefly.
3. add the liquid (water or broth or even juice for added flavor). Sometimes I’ll dump in any extra salsa or sauce I have that needs to get used up.
4.Cook. Then fluff & enjoy.”
-Cecelia, mama of two

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