Being a parent in today’s fast paced world isn’t always easy. You’re constantly being pulled in dozens of directions, it’ a privilege to be given a minute to breathe – let alone eat. It’s important to capitalize on your downtime, so when returning home from work – having a few simple, healthy meal and snack recipes up your sleeve will go a long way.
Of course, having a family means wanting to know where your food comes from. If you live in Ontario, there is plenty of information available about how your food gets from the farm to the table. If you visit getcracking.ca, the website of Egg Farmers of Ontario, you can find a number of news articles about eggs
, where they come from, how they get to the grocery store and great recipes. Eggs are a great food for families on the go. Below you’ll find two tasty egg-centric recipes that help to alleviate some stress off those busy weekdays that are easy for any parent on the go to prepare in advance.
Baking chocolate chip banana bread is a delicious kid-friendly twist on a classic family favourite. What’s more, it can be baked ahead of time and makes a great sidekick to any lunchbox. First, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Then line a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine two cups of flour, two tablespoons of wheat germ, two tablespoons of ground flax seed, two teaspoons of baking powder, half a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat half a cup of unsalted butter, a quarter cup of granulated sugar and a quarter cup of brown sugar until light. Beat in two eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla until blended then mash and beat in three ripe bananas. With a wooden spoon, stir in your flour mixture alternately with half a cup of milk, making three additions of flour and two of milk, until combined. Then, stir in your chocolate chips (about half a cup).
Spread this mixture into your loaf pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 60 minutes then let it cool completely.
Kids can also help by mashing the bananas with a potato masher or a large fork. You can also choose to add walnuts in with the chocolate chips.
For a more savoury meal option for lunchtime, try Egg Mac’n Cheese. To begin, cook two cups of pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse under cold running water. Place pasta in large bowl and toss in three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in with it, setting it aside for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Add in chopped green pepper, celery and red onion. In a small bowl, combine half a cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of plain yogurt, three tablespoons of honey mustard, salt and pepper. Add to pasta mixture and toss. Gently stir in three hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped, some cheese and up to a cup of cherry tomatoes (cut into halves). Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
With a busy family, you can’t afford to waste time, but you shouldn’t sacrifice nutrient rich food
just to save time. Prepare healthy yet flavourful meals and snacks in advance, taking advantage of the goodness and flexibility of eggs throughout your week.