Ok, so some of you may know that I work in one of our nation’s busiest ERs when I am not at home with our sweet little e (read: 40+ hour work weeks). So prepping healthy meals for my toddler can be a bit of work and meal prep of any kind is a lifesaver for this busy mama. Honestly, I’m not the best of cooks so prepping meals is… hard. So today and going forward I want to share some of my tips & tricks i’ve picked up to help me pack a healthy meal for sweet e. The best way I’ve found so far is to utilize a bento meal for lunches.
for some reason, sweet little e LOVES her yumbox bento box (we have the panino version). She asks for her lunchbox every day and I find it much easier to back mini meals into it. The bento system allows me to prep a bunch of sides and make 1-2 main dishes/week and throw these together in just a couple of minutes in the morning before I jet out the door and immerse myself in emergency medicine for a long 12 hour shift.
TIP 1: batch prepare a bite size “main” on a slow day! On my day off I will prepare a main dish that can be portioned into her bento box for 3-4 days of the week. I usually try to prepare extra so that I can freeze for the following week or 2 so we have some variety in her lunch box. So the first couple of weeks I did this she didn’t have as much variety, but now I have several options also pre-made in the freezer so she usually has a different “main” in her lunchbox.
Today, I’ll share one of my newer recipes… I started making these in hopes of getting sweet little e to become a fan of broccoli..
(because everything sounds better if it’s a cupcake right? atleast that is what sweet little e thinks!)
2 cups broccoli (i use frozen, already chopped up)
2 cup of shredded cheddar
3/4 cup of cooked quinoa (make sure you rinse the quinoa really well before cooking!)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup of onion (chopped)
1. cook quinoa according to package instructions. i always rinse my quinoa really well.
2. preheat oven to 350 degrees..
3. mix cooked quinoa, broccoli, cheddar, eggs, garlic, and onion.
4. fill a regular muffin silicone cup half way (make sure you pat down the batter so it sticks together).
5. bake for 20 minutes!