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Meal Prep Hacks to Save Time

If you are doing the Family KickStart Challenge, a Whole30, or a Sugar Detox and need meal prep tips, you are at the right place. In this post, you are going to read about some of my shortcuts when it comes to making it easier to feed my family fresh foods, 3 meals per day, for 30 days!

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Cutting out processed foods and sugars may seem like a simple task at first, but when you add eliminating grains, gluten, dairy, as well, it’s easy to go into kitchen overwhelm.

Fear not. I’ve done this many times, and for the most part, I’ve eaten like this for the last six years. My family, however, makes this change a few times a year when we actively do the Family KickStart Program.

The reality is that the health benefits always outweigh the kitchen work -so it’s worth it!
And as you can see from the video below, I have a system of hacks when it comes to preparing food -check it out.

If you are doing the Family KickStart Program, you know many of these hacks from the prep sheets and no doubt, it helps that the work is written out in parts of what to do each day of the week to help you get ahead.

Whether you are doing Family KickStart, Whole30, or another wellness program, you’ve probably wondered, how can I save time when it comes to meal prep?

Meal preparation is the biggest problem when it comes to being able to succeed with one of these programs because most parents find themselves doing multiple meals for their family. The “adult” meal that fits the program and a “kid” meal that is healthy-ish to please the kids.

So for sure, you are spending more time in the kitchen -unless you are doing KickStart because I mean… who can turn away Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats or Chicken Burrito Bowls?!

It is true that preparing all 3 meals, 7 days a week for 4 plus people is a BIG job! However, it doesn’t have to be hard!

Being prepared with your food is vital in sticking to the plan. If you are prepared, you will save time, so it’s always best to find a routine in the kitchen that works for your family.

To check out the Family KickStart Program click here.

Spend less time cooking with these easy meal prep hacks. Great if you eat real food, follow a Whole 30 diet recipes, or Family KickStart Program

Whole 30 Meal Prep Hacks to help you spend less time in the kitchen and make mealtimes easier

Meal Prep shortcuts to help you make real food meals faster

Meal Prep shortcuts to help you make meals faster

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

8 Fun Easter Recipes for Kids

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun. 

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

How do you usually celebrate Easter? I just like to enjoy the special day spending time with my kids and my family, eating lots of good food and indulging in some treats. ;) It’s such a fun holiday because spring is coming around, it’s beautiful outside, and everyone is just happy with springtime bliss!

Of course we love to dye eggs for Easter using this natural guide to dying eggs, but I also like to get my kids to help me make some sweet treats for the whole family to enjoy. I love the extra help in the kitchen since I’m usually preparing multiple dishes, and they love the fun treats they get to make. It’s a win-win!

There’s something for everyone in this Easter round-up – a little bit of chocolate, classic cupcakes, fun eggs, peeps, and much more! I hope you find a recipe you can make with your kids. What’s your favorite treat to make for Easter?

1. Dyed Minion Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin & A Princess

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

2. Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

3. Reese’s Cream Eggs from Inside BruCrew Life

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

4. Perfect Yellow Cupcakes

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

5. Carrot Cake Oat Muffins (vegan + gluten-free) from Emilie Eats

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

6. Easter Egg Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Joyful Healthy Eats

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

7. Homemade Jello Jigglers

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

8. Layered Peeps Crispy Rice Cereal Treats from Yellow Bliss Road

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

What is your favorite Easter treats to share with your kids?

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won't be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won’t be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won't be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won't be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

Fall is in full swing, which means lots of in-season vegetables! There’s Brussels sprouts, beets, potatoes, and lots of hearty squash. Spaghetti squash is on repeat for dinner in our home this winter!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

There is no better way to cook vegetables than roasting. It brings out all the flavors and crisps them up nicely. No one at the dinner table will be able to resist! This recipe for roasted fall vegetables requires just one-pan (easy clean-up! yay!) and is the perfect side dish for a weeknight dinner. You could also double the recipe and serve it on your Thanksgiving table!

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won't be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won't be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavor.

Want your family to eat more vegetables? They won’t be able to resist these One-Pan Roasted Fall Vegetables! Minimal clean-up and lots of flavors.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Category: Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 medium beets, washed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil.
  2. Place all vegetables on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve alongside dinner.

 

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8 Healthy Fall Dinner Recipes

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

It’s officially November! Which means if you weren’t already putting pumpkin in everything and dusting off your slow cooker, it’s time to start now.

Isn’t fall great? The weather is not too hot, not too cold, the trees are all changing colors, and cool nights are spent watching a movie with the family drinking hot chocolate. It’s the perfect time of year!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

The best part, though, may be the food. Cooler weather means hearty comfort food. Think soups, chilis, roasted veggies, and all the squash. That doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy! All of these healthy fall dinner recipes are delicious and nutritious. They’re great for serving for a dinner party or just to the family on a cozy weeknight. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

3. Easy Pumpkin Chili

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

4. One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

5. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries and Kale by Well Plated by Erin

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

6. Autumn Minestrone Soup by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

7. Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad by Little Broken

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing by The Seasoned Mom

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

This Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe!

Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding

This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe! Gluten-free/vegetarian.

This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe! Gluten-free/vegetarian.

This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe! Gluten-free/vegetarian.

Have you ever tried chia pudding? It’s a great grain-free alternative to oatmeal, and a healthy way to indulge in pudding for dessert. With some mashed pumpkin and a few spices, this Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes just like a slice of pie!

When chia seeds are left to sit in liquid, they form a gel consistency that is just like pudding. They’re full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, so you can feel good giving your kids some ch-ch-ch-chia!

This pumpkin chia pudding is great for breakfast, a healthy sweet snack, or even an after-dinner dessert. For an even smoother consistency, you can blend all the ingredients after soaking to create a silky pudding. I love topping mine with crunchy pecans for texture and a drizzle of molasses for true pumpkin pie flavor. Grab a spoon and dig in!

This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe! Gluten-free/vegetarian.

Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding

This Healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe!

This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is a healthy way to indulge a pumpkin pie craving. The kids will love this dessert-for-breakfast recipe! Gluten-free/vegetarian.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups milk or non-dairy alternative
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses (optional)
  • Toppings: nuts, fruit, seeds, molasses

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add chia seeds, milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and molasses (if using). Whisk until ingredients are combined.
  2. Place in the fridge. Let sit overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  3. When ready to eat, divide into two jars or bowls and top with nuts, fruit, and a drizzle of molasses.

 

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