You know what’s one of the hardest things for me about being a mom of two young kids? I’m hungry…all the time.
I spend my whole day fighting off hunger pangs, because I simply can’t seem to find an opportunity to make a true meal, then sit down to eat it. Usually, preparing a meal takes two hands (ha!), and I can’t remember the last time I finished a meal without being interrupted so many times that it was ice cold when I was taking my last bites. So I end up snacking all day long (sometimes on healthy things, sometimes on, well, junk), and in the end I’m just wholly unsatisfied: HUNGRY.
I remember feeling this way after I had my first baby, too, like I simply couldn’t get enough to eat. I think that’s had a lot to do with my weight fluctuations post-partum. Right now, I’m about 15 pounds lighter than I was before I had kids, and the weight just keeps sliding off. Sounds like it’s not such a bad problem to have, right? Well, it’s not all ice cream sundaes and T-bone steaks.
Society may tell us to be thin and trim, but you don’t want it at the expense of your health. I’m not dropping pounds because I’m working out and taking care of myself. Quite the contrary: I can’t find enough time in my day to devote to eating, and that’s a kind of ridiculous problem!
Lunchtime is what’s hardest for me. I’m starving, but so are the kids, and cranky. I just want to get through lunch so we can get to naptime and then, I promise myself, I’ll eat a proper meal. But when naptime finally rolls around, I get bogged down in other kid-unfriendly business that needs tending to. I’ve been wishing I could find quick, easy meal ideas that were slightly more adult than the crusts of A’s PB&Js, and now I’ve found them.
On my last Target run, I picked up a few of these Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals and holy cow, they’re DELICIOUS!!!
They’re so good, I actually made a lunch date with Sarahlynne to try a few of the meals together and confirm that I’m not crazy or dreaming. So one day last week, after preschool, we rounded up all the kids at lunchtime. While I assembled a few Honestly Good meals, Sarahlynne went nuts with the kiddie food art. Apparently, my kid eats celery, but only if it’s her peanut butter sandwich man’s hair. Who knew?
See this? THIS is why mothers can’t find any time to feed themselves!
While the food was heating up, we treated ourselves to mocktails: Perrier and pink lemonade in heart-shaped champagne flutes. Who says being a SAHM isn’t glamorous? :)
Of course, by the time our food was ready, the kids were pretty much finished, which meant they went off to play and we could taste our food. Hooray!!
First was the Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. (Just sounds delectable, right??)
What came out of the package, about 5 minutes later, was a truly tender chicken breast with a sauce that we put on top—where we wanted and as much as we wanted—perfectly seasoned broccoli, and you-can-tell-it’s-good-for-you whole grain pasta. A well-balanced meal, ready to eat, no pans to clean!
That afternoon, we tried Honey Citrus Chicken and Lemongrass Salmon, too. Frozen salmon from a box? The New England seafood snob in me thought that sounded wholly unappetizing, but this coconut crusted salmon was actually my favorite meal.
With each one we sampled, Sarahlynne and I kept saying, incredulously, “This came out of a box??” We were so impressed with the taste and quality of the food, but it only makes sense when you look at the ingredients.
Look! 100% all natural, wholesome ingredients I can pronounce—that I have in my own kitchen!
Besides the fact that these meals are scrumptious, healthy, quick, and easy, they’re Honestly Good in another way, too: Nestle is actually donating a portion of the vegetables that are grown for these meals back to local communities. I just love that.
“Sure, sure,” you’re saying, “these women were paid to write this post.” And that’s true. But Sarahlynne and I also went out and bought more Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals this weekend—no incentive other than we actually loved them. (How’s that for honesty?) Because this is one way we might actually sneak in a healthy lunch.