Does your family live for the weekend? If you’re like the many who do, you’d much rather be heading to a game, taking your kids outdoors, or going on a trip – not slaving away in the kitchen all night and day. For the active, adventurous family – having a handful of quick and healthy recipes kept in your back pocket is necessary if you’re going to pull off any spontaneous retreat. What’s more is that it’ll encourage your family to remain mindful of what they eat; opting to pack meals and snacks made using whole foods will lessen the temptation to buy a hamburger and fries while out on the town.
Eggs Make The Perfect Weekend Lunch
Why not invite the family to join in on the fun and cook together? Use it as an opportunity to get your kids interested in food prep. It will give the younger children a chance to learn the basics; using their knowledge of math to combine ingredients, and the older children a chance to advance their skill set and start cooking with heat. Even children as young as 3, can participate by washing fruits and vegetables, fetching ingredients, and removing the egg shells hard-cooked eggs.
Speaking of eggs – they are inexpensive, convenient to cook with, and are an excellent source of protein. Consider, for example, preparing some Easy Western Bagels to bring with you on your next family hike or nature walk. First, find the right recipe. If you visit Getcracking.ca/recipes/, you can find dozens of kid-friendly egg recipes to help you get started. By planning ahead, you make the entire cooking experience fun and easy, so your kids will be excited to try it again.
To begin, have the kids spray down mugs, small dessert bowls, ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray; sprinkling a few grains of salt into the bottom of each container (it helps to cook the eggs evenly). Next, have them crack the eggs into the bowls and whisk them with a fork, then encourage them to stir in some green pepper, tomatoes, chopped red onion, salt, and pepper. Cover the bowls with microwavable plastic wrap, leaving a small area for air, then cook in the microwave for just a minute (or until set). Slide the cooked eggs onto toasted bagels, topping them off with ham and cheese. The sandwiches only take about 5 minutes to make and go perfectly with a side of cut up carrots and celery! For more adventurous taste buds, spread some hot sauce or salsa onto the bagels. To save even more time, consider chopping up the veggies in advance and keeping them in the fridge until it’s time to prepare the meals.
A family on the go doesn’t have to forfeit a balanced diet, nor do they have to give up on cooking altogether. Just because you want to take advantage of your weekend doesn’t mean your body has to suffer for it! Make cooking time family time, and make use of simple recipes that taste delicious, using whole ingredients like eggs and vegetables to keep you energized from morning to night.
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