Get Creative with these Fun And Easy Egg Recipes!
Every mom knows that there simply aren’t enough hours in a day. Between working and picking up the kids to household chores, to preparing and cooking meals, sometimes it can all feel a little overwhelming.
If you’re in the need of some time-saving advice, read on to find some tips on making the most of the time available. You may realize, solutions are often simpler than they seem.
Make Lists and Keep a Calendar
To-do lists can make your day or week look daunting at first but, there is no simpler or more effective household management tool. Nothing feels better than crossing off an item from a physical to-do list — and it doesn’t require a smartphone! Just tack a checklist to the fridge to help get you — and your kids — into efficient routines, with printable checklists for mornings, after school, and even bedtime.
Pack School Snacks for the Week
Packing school lunches eats up a considerable amount of time — especially if you find yourself doing it on busy school-day mornings. While sandwiches can get soggy if they’re made too far in advance, most snacks hold up exceptionally well if you pack them ahead of time. Pack them yourself each Saturday or enlist your kids to help you divvy up goodies like grapes and pretzels into baggies for the upcoming week.
Cook Make-Ahead and Big-Batch Meals
Many moms swear by picking a day to cook a ton of extra meals all at once. Be extra-productive in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday and prepare some make-ahead-of-time freezer meals. Like a big batch of something delicious, like chili. That way you can free up your weeknights for more family time. You can find some family friendly recipes at www.getcracking.ca or you can rely on a tried and true family recipe — whatever makes cooking easier!
Cook Fresh and Easy Meals from Scratch
Of course, it’s always nice to be able to cook a delicious and nutritious meal from scratch. If you’re looking for some great breakfast alternatives or some creatively simple egg recipes for dinner, the possibilities are nearly endless. A quick hot breakfast is welcome any time of the year. A basic “egg in a mug” recipe has infinite possibilities. With no prep, it only takes a minute or two to deliver fluffy goodness that fits right in your hands. This simple recipe involves cracking an egg into a mug coated with non-stick spray, blending it with a fork or whisk, and then cooking the egg in the microwave for a minute. It’s versatile, too, as you can add cheese, bacon, vegetables, and other assorted flavorings as desired.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous, try egg tacos. This simple, 12-ingredient family favourite makes for a perfect addition to Taco Tuesdays with no fuss and little prep time required. In a medium non-stick pan, heat some oil over medium heat; sautée red and jalapeno peppers and a few cloves of garlic for 2 minutes or until softened. Then add ham (or your favorite beans for a vegetarian option) and chili powder. Sautée for 2 minutes or until heated through.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the eggs and salt and pepper. Melt butter in the same skillet on medium heat; now add the eggs and cook, stirring gently, until set but still soft. This should take about 2 minutes. Spoon eggs on each tortilla, then top with ham mixture, cheese and onions. This meal is such a great option because you can change it up with the condiments. Try homemade pico de gallo or store-bought salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. It’s a different recipe each time.
Don’t let weeknight meals stress you out. Maximize family time by minimizing kitchen prep with quick, easy, and nutritious meal ideas at www.getcracking.ca.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.