Devoting what seems like all the time in the world to motherly duties like nursing, diaper changing, and cuddling with baby leaves little room for cooking. The good news is that feeding your family healthy, flavorful dishes doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Try one of these quick and tasty meals that’ll satisfy taste buds of all ages!
1. High-Protein Chicken Salad| MyFitnessPal Original Recipes
Got leftover chicken? You’re in business! This fuss-free favorite features creamy Greek yogurt, grapes, and shredded chicken for a tangy and satisfying lunch in minutes. Recipe makes 6 servings at 3/4 cup + 2 slices whole grain bread + 1 medium lettuce leaf each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 364; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 412mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 34g
2. Zucchini Chicken Wrap | MyFitnessPal Original Recipes
Wraps are a hassle-free, portable, and nutritious lunch option—perfect for busy moms! In addition to feta, hummus, and oregano, this Mediterranean delight has a boatload of veggies like zucchini, roasted red peppers, onion, and spinach. We recommend using 100% whole grain wraps for a fiber boost. Serve with hummus or guacamole on the side for dipping. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 wrap each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 248; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 38mg; Sodium: 556mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 18g
3. 20-Minute Zesty Shrimp Lettuce Wraps | MyFitnessPal Original Recipes
These light and flavorful low-carb shrimp wraps pack a protein punch without leaving you feeling weighed down. Black beans and crispy veggies round out this fresh and flavorful recipe. To cut down on prep time, feel free to buy pre-cooked shrimp at the store. Bonus point if you add a couple cloves of minced garlic! Some studies have shown that babies suckled more vigorously when garlic is involved! Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 filed lettuce wraps each, but munch on more if the serving feels too skimpy.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 115mg; Sodium: 436mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 15g
4. Fried Egg Avocado Toasts | Cooking Light
Avocado toast is super trendy right now for good reason. It’s quick, packed with healthy fats, and downright delicious—especially with an egg on top for extra protein! Top them off with sprouts and salsa for a dose of vitamins and added flavor. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 247; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 186mg; Sodium: 544mg; Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber:6; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 11g
5. Easy Taco Salad | Devin Alexander’s book I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening
It doesn’t get much easier than this festive taco salad. After all, who doesn’t love hot ground beef, zesty pico de gallo, and crunchy tortilla chips served up on a bed of greens? Garnish with diced green onions and cubed avocado. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 308; Total Fat: 10; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 64mg; Sodium: 423mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 28g
6. Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Shrimp | Clean Eating
There’s nothing not to love about this ten-minute soup. Aside from being super quick to whip up, it also supplies plenty of fiber in one serving. Did we mention it taste delish, too? Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups soup, 4 shrimp and 2 ounces baguette each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 376, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 59.5 g, Fiber: 12 g, Sugars: 10 g, Protein: 16 g, Sodium: 416 mg, Cholesterol: 43 mg
7. Healthier Kung Pao Chicken| Fit Foodie Finds
Imagine all the goodness of Chinese takeout without the extra sodium and oil. This healthier take on the classic doesn’t sacrifice on flavor. To conquer your spice cravings, serve with a drizzle of sriracha. Garnish with toasted cashews or peanuts and serve over a bed of brown rice.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 375; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 82mg; Sodium: 495mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 31g
8. Open Faced Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich | Avocados From Mexico
Egg salad just got a healthy makeover! Avocado adds cholesterol-free creaminess plus a hefty dose of heart-healthy fats. Serve on toasted whole grain bread or pita. If you’re planning to save some for the next day, add a squeeze more fresh lemon juice to keep the bright green color. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 354; Total Fat: 24g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 13g; Cholesterol: 280mg; Sodium: 397mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 14g