When you work and have a family, time is very limited. Between a full work day (whether it is at the office or running a household), drop offs, pickups, errands for household necessities, sports or after school activities, and homework … let’s face it: there are some days where cooking isn’t going to happen!
Quick and easy is the key word here and what will help you from checking into an insane asylum. And because I feel and understand your pain as a single mom of three myself, I thought I would share some of my favorite three-ingredient recipes for those days that you need to throw together “A-la magical mom” quick meals, rather than going through a McDonalds drive-thru. So … you’re welcome.
Please keep in mind that I follow a plan closer to a ketogenic diet, therefore healthy fats are my friend and I keep the carbs pretty low — under 50 grams. Healthy fat is good and healthy fat can be your friend, too; especially once you’re past 40!
Going low-carb is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, but sticking to it can feel impossible. However, if you ENJOY what you are eating, you will most likely stick to your plan. If you hate it and feel like you’re eating Bugs Bunny’s dinner, it might be rough … right? But if you get to have a delicious ribeye steak, it makes the world right again … am I wrong?
And P.S., I am assuming you have garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and ground cumin in your cupboard because those are the base seasonings to all good meals. I am sorry, but as an Ecuadorian/Italian, food with NO flavor is not food at all! I am so not a fan of eating cardboard. With all that being said here are a few fabulous, low carb three-ingredient meals for those days when you need to whip out your inner Speedy Gonzalez.
Bacon and Eggs
Umm do I even have to go there? Fry two slices of bacon in one pan and spray a non-stick pan with butter-flavored Pam and fry two eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
Protein Breakfast Muffins
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup of crumbled breakfast sausage or 6 cooked bacon slices cut up
- ½ cup of milk
- Pinch of salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spray muffin pan with butter-flavored Pam and pour mixture evenly into each muffin cup. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. You can also add ½ cup of your favorite cheese or veggies. Enjoy!
- 1 Banana
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup of oatmeal
Want to make these grain-free? You can absolutely leave out the oatmeal and these still turn out awesome. The only difference is they are a bit trickier to cook. Without the oats, you get a much thinner pancake that tears easily, so you have to be careful of that when you are cooking. And if you really want to spruce up your pancakes add a tsp of vanilla extract to the batter, before cooking. It will turn out YUM!
Put all ingredients into your blender and blend well for 15-20 seconds.
I am in love with my Nutribullet for this. It is very affordable, gets everything so smooth, and makes breakfast super simple. Cook your pancakes on a griddle heated to medium-high, cooking for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
LUNCH & DINNER:
Low Carb Pizza Bites
- 6 slices of organic deli-sliced pepperoni
- ¼ cup of low sodium marinara sauce
- ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese
Top each slice of pepperoni with a dab of marinara sauce and touch of cheese. Put in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10–15 minutes.
Hamburger, Egg & Avocado
- Form 1 pound of organic grass-fed ground beef into patties after seasoning and mixing (season with base seasonings described above).
- 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 egg
- ¼ sliced avocado
Cook patties on medium heat until done. Fry one egg in ½ tsp. of butter or Pam. Put fried egg on top of cooked patty and add sliced avocado on top. You can always substitute the avocado or add 1 or 2 slices of bacon!
Bacon Feta Chicken
- ½ cup of feta cheese
- 8 slices of bacon, 2 per breast
- 4 boneless chicken breasts (season with base seasonings described above)
1. Season to your liking and put Feta Cheese on top of chicken breasts
2. Wrap with bacon slice(s) and secure with a toothpick
3. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked
4. Broil on high for about 3 minutes to crisp the bacon.
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (season with base seasonings described above)
Combine the mayo and cheese (you can add a little Italian seasoning, if you want). Place chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet and top with mayo-cheese mixture. Bake at 425 for 20-ish min.
Chicken Green Enchilada Bake
- 1 (8) oz. can of green enchilada sauce
- 4 boneless, chicken breasts (season with base seasonings described above)
- 1 cup of pepper jack cheese
Bake chicken for 30 min or until done then add green enchilada sauce and top with pepper jack cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes.
- 1 pound of organic ground turkey or ground beef seasoned with low sodium taco seasoning.
- 1 cup of mixed baby greens
- ¼ cup of Sour cream or Monterrey Jack cheese
- Hot sauce, to taste
Once meat is cooked, mix with baby mixed greens and top with either 1 Tablespoon of sour cream or ¼ cup of Monterrey Jack cheese per serving. Add hot sauce to your delight!
These recipes are tried and tested — and personally, I use them often. Like I said, when you are a working parent with multiple kids, time is of the essence. The simpler, the faster, the better … all while keeping it healthy, of course.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to suck, and it sure doesn’t have to take hours on end to prepare. You just have to take some time to play around with healthy recipes in order to find your groove. Enjoy!