Delicious Healthy Meals for Women on the Go: Fall Edition

Kelli Kenny - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Delicious Healthy Meals for Women on the Go: Fall Edition- Brooke Ditlow

Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy this Fall

It’s fall!  I love fall.  The air is crisp.  The beautiful colors of fall surround us and we no longer get overheated every time we go outside.  I also think it is a great time to evaluate our lives in that constant search for balance.  If you have a child at home who is in school or if you yourself are a student, you know what an exciting time the start of a new school year can be.  You have brand new school supplies, brand new clothes, a brand new schedule and a brand new chance to start fresh!

As the leaves change, this may be a great opportunity for some self evaluation.  How are you feeling right now?  Do you feel like you need a change?  Is there something that is making you feel out of balance or out of sync?  When the schedule changed at our house this year as my daughter started school, I realized that I had an amazing opportunity to start fresh.  I looked at my ridicules schedule and started weeding.  I tried to take out all of the things that I didn’t actually have to do and the things that I felt did not make my life more satisfying and more balanced.  This can be very difficult because it often means telling people “no”.  However, this time of year people tend to be a bit more understanding of schedule change.

Another reason that fall is absolutely my favorite time of year are the cold weather recipes!  I love the fresh food and grilling that come with summer but there is nothing like walking in the door at the end of the day to the smell of soup cooking in your kitchen.  I’m sure that when you hear the words Slow Cooker, many of you think of your grandma in her house coat.  However, if you do not currently use a slow cooker, imagine yourself walking into your house at the end of the day to the delicious smell of dinner already made.  Added bonus, the recipe that I am about to share with you is healthy! 

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can pick one up at target for between $20.00-$40.00.  Then try out this great recipe from Disney Family.com: http://family.go.com/food/20-crock-pot-slow-cooker-recipes-pg/#Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup;16

I made this Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup for my family and they all loved it.  My 4 year old daughter is getting more and more difficult to please and even she loved this meal.  I loved the soup and I really loved that the crazy hours in my house, (4-6 o’clock) were calm and peaceful since I wasn’t scrambling to get dinner on the table!   

Delicious, Healthy, Meals for Women on the Go- Summer Edition

Lauren Parisier - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delicious, Healthy, Meals for Women on the Go- Summer Edition

Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy- By Brooke Ditlow

 

                In the fast paced, hectic lives that we live these days, it seems difficult to find the right balance.  I don’t believe that I am alone in having more on my “to do list” than time to get things done.  As women, we have a lot to juggle.  This is especially true during pregnancy.  On top of an already over packed schedule, we have to find time to nurture our bodies in order to provide the best possible environment for our growing babies.  Suddenly eating right, exercising and relaxing have to scramble to the top of the priority list.  This however, can be easier said than done. 

                At the end of the day, I feel ready to put my feet up and relax.  I don’t feel like pulling out the pots and pans to cook a meal.  Going out can be expensive and time consuming and it is often difficult to find healthy options on the menu.  I am always looking for a recipe that is healthy, reasonably priced, and that does not require a lot of time and effort to prepare.  The best recipe that I found that fits the bill this month is:   Ravioli with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce.  I found it on the Whole Foods Website.  The link is: http:www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2740.  This recipe is perfect for August.  It doesn’t require an oven.  It is healthy and a great meal for everyone, including vegetarians. 

                I made this meal for my family and here is how it broke down:

Cost:  All of the ingredients were: $18.25.  I should mention that there is not a Whole Foods near my house so I had to go to my local health food store.  I believe ingredients would have actually been less expensive at Whole Foods.  I had basil in my garden and I had balsamic vinegar in my pantry so I did not have to purchase those items.

Time from prep to table: 22 minutes.  The most time consuming part was waiting for the water to boil.  This recipe was very fast! 

Rating from the family

Me:  Loved it.  It was nice and light and full of flavor.  Plus I felt good knowing that it was good for me.

My Husband:  Really liked it.  Said it was a definite do again.  He did however have to supplement with a piece of chicken.  He didn’t think that this alone will fill him.

4 year old:  It wasn’t her favorite meal.  She complained but finally ate.

2 year old:  He loved it!  He picked off the spinach but downed the rest and asked for more.      

Check back monthly to the basq “Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy” blog for more tips on taking care of yourself.  Each month I will include a recipe for a healthy meal that is quick and easy.