Easy and healthy meals to make for dinner with a newborn?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Casseroles and crock pot meals- you can just assemble them, pop them in, and wait!  

Also, I found I was able to accomplish more around the house if I wore the baby in my Moby (or other baby wearing sling/wrap)… she’s too big for too much of that now but it was nice when she was teeny!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Sunshine09:  I also recommend casseroles and crock pot meals.  They don’t take much time to assemble and you aren’t going to burn it if you get distracted by the baby.  Using a sling is great way to have the baby next to you but your hands free to prep food.

Another easy one I do all the time that you change up depending on what you like is: First, choose chicken breasts or pork chops.  Second, put them in a glass baking dish.  Pour a can of cream of mushroom soup or Rotel over the meat.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour (until meat is done.)  Serve over brown rice with a side salad or green veggies like broccoli.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sunshine09:  Yay!  And babies close in age too 🙂  Congrats again… hope everyone is adjusting well.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have any kids yet, but here are two of my super quick (10 mins) go-to meals when I have no time:

-throw chicken breasts, small roasting potatoes (so you don’t have to cut them up), baby carrots & italian dressing (use a healty/organic one) in a baking dish for 1 hour at 375 (covered for half the time). If you have a little more time to chop up some onions and garlic, they add a lot of flavor.

-scrambled eggs with spinach and tomato sauce (I love eggs for dinner) 🙂 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Are you on Pinterest? There’s tons of healthy recipes there…you can just search “healthy dinner.”

I’m a big fan of stir-fry meals, since you can buy all the veggies frozen (a lot of the time packaged together) and then just add sauce, rice/noodles and meat if you like.

Also, spaghetti is so simple.  Splurge a little more on healthy pasta and sauce.

Check out stores like Walmart or Aldi for crockpot meals that are packaged together.  I just bought a fresh 1lb roast, potatoes, carrots and seasoning for $7.50.  What a steal!  All you have to do is throw it in the crockpot and it will be ready in a few hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@Sunshine09:  Something I do that keeps me on track during the week is mixing up a big batch of salad to have with dinners. So I know regardless of the main dish, I will be getting a good helping of veggies.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I second the crock pot – nothing easier than that! Plus it makes the house smell soo good all day.

I usually have a few pieces of meat marinating the refridgerator (right now I have a pork loin) I will throw that on the grill, make some rice or egg noodles and steam some broccoli and throw together a salad. Super easy and fairly healthy!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

definitely crock pot meals – and they make a ton, which is good for leftovers too. try crockpot lasagna!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Yes to spaghetti! It’s so quick to make, and who doesn’t love spaghetti? 😉
Another thing I used to do to make cooking meals easier (I don’t have a crockpot) is prep the meal during a nap time so that I could throw it in the oven later. If I was making lasagna I’d brown my meat and let it simmer in the sauce while noodles boiled. Then I’d put the lasagna together. That night it would be ready to throw in the oven. Baked potatoes work great too! It takes two minutes to get the potatoes preped for the oven. We’d get premade chopped beef barbeque from the store to put in them. Makes for an easy, satisfying meal! I’d also make things, like lasagna, enchiladas, etc. that I knew would feed us for a couple of days, which would eliminate cooking the second night all together! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ASH.:  what kind of chooped beef do you buy? We get the Jack Daniels brand pulled bbq chicken from time to time and it is really good and so fast!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

One of the things you will want to do to save the most time is to cook once, use twice.

For example

Day 1- Bake chicken breasts seasoned with pepper and salt.  Put 1/2 in the fridge for day 2.

  • Dinner tonight Lettuce Wraps:
  • Dice chicken and mix with your favorite asian jarred sauce (or season your own with lime juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, sesame oil)
  • Buy shredded carrot or cabbage mix to add roll with the chicken in the lettuce leaves. 
  • Serve with some brown rice.

Day 2- 

  • Mexican Salad
  • chopped lettuce, can drained corn, chopped chicken (cooked yesterday), drained canned black beans, cilantro, lime juice, carrots, onion, cucumber, salsa, crushed corn tortillas 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@SaraP2012:  So far we’ve just been buying Lloyd’s, but I think I’ll be trying the Jack Daniels next!! Lloyd’s is good, but I wouldn’t mind somethiong better lol I LOVE how fast it is. And so easy to put on some bread for a quick lunch sometimes, too!

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