Healthy, Simple, FAST Summer Recipesby Renay Matthews
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Are you a family on the go that's looking for a super healthy and fast way to make meals for your family? These recipes will take no more time than waiting on the fast-food line, and they are SO much healthier! Below are some quick healthy breakfast combos as well as some real nutritious fast lunch and dinner solutions. My hope is that some of these suggestions will be tried as replacements for fast, sugary foods. Let's start with breakfast:
Cashew Spread Whole Grain Toast, Strawberries & Blue Berries: Yum! You can buy cashew spread in the grocery store. It is a great alternative for peanut butter which is packed in pesticides. You can make your own as well simply by putting cashews in the food processor and blending till soft. Go for whole grain bread, or sprouted grain instead of processed white bread or “enriched” bread, which is actually processed bleached white bread with synthetic nutrients added. It's SO much healthier.
Whole Grain Cereals
Whole Grain Cereals with Bananas or Sliced Apple: Choose whole grain cereals instead of sugary processed cereals -- Cascadian Farm has many varieties of organics to choose from, than add bananas, apples and a teensy bit of honey. The kids will love it.
“Instant” Organic Oatmeal
“Instant” Organic Oatmeal with Berries: This is a quick nutritious breakfast that takes minutes to prepare: Just add water, stir and add some local organic fruit. Delicious!
Slices of Cheese
Slices of Cheese, Berries & Naked Green Juice: Hormone free cheese slices with berries are best. I like to make faces on the plate and kids love that --a strawberry for the nose, blueberries for eyes and apples for eyebrows. Naked Green Juice is a great substitute for sugary fruit juices that contain corn syrup. Does anyone know why they put corn in our juice?
Simple Real Fast Food
Next, here are some quick meals that are almost as fast, but undeniably more delicious and healthier than the greasy fast food you get in a drive through.
Veggie Wraps with Cashew Spread I love using sprouted grain wraps for quick meals. Pile on the fresh veggies like orange bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes or whatever you have in the kitchen, you can even add a little veganaise (a mayonnaise substitute). Finish with homemade cashew butter, blended with low fat organic yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Fill pita with organic cheese, dried tomato, chopped onions and fresh oregano. Add fresh spaghetti sauce to the top with sea salt and bake. Easy and delicious.
Your favorite cooked pasta topped with shredded Italian and ricotta cheese, a dash of crushed pepper. I then add a little more cheese on top and bake until the cheese melts. Top with your favorite pasta sauce. Quick and simple, especially if you cook the pasta ahead of time. You really want to shop organic on dairy items to avoid hormones that are added to the regular dairy products.
Canned Organic Ravioli
In a hurry, I use Annie's Canned Pasta. It’s organic, super fast to prepare and nutritious.
Organic Mac and Cheese
You can make your own-- easy enough or Annie's has some that come in a box that my 3 year old loves! Add some organic milk and sprinkle some cheese and voila. It tastes homemade.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple or Sweet Potato Chips: This is great for a Saturday afternoon lunch at home. Using whole grain bread and organic cheese, grill up some quick sandwiches for your kids. Sweet potato and apple chips are low on the glycemic index, which means they will not spike blood sugar levels like regular potato chips, they are a better chip!
Amy’s Veggie Burgers and Baked Sweet Potato Fries: All of Amy’s Vegan Veggie Burgers are made with organic vegetables and grains, and are completely non-GMO. They are quick to prepare and are tasty! Amy’s runs an egg-free, peanut-free facility. Rumor has it that they keep a little cheese hanging around for those vegetarians, so if you have a severe milk allergy, call in advance to ensure which vegan products are made on dedicated lines. You can bake up some sweet potato fries with sea salt for the side dish. Happy easy cooking!