Mommies, we know it’s an everyday struggle for you to make time for your family and then be left with nothing but a little for yourself. Hey, just because your moms who are always up and about, doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of good health and all of the right nourishment you need.
Here are 16 no-bake recipes to help you mommas out there when you’re left with less than 10 minutes to make your own delicious and nutritious meals in order to start your day off right.
15 Scrambled Tofu Rice
What to do with leftover rice? This.
Mince some garlic and then stir fry in a large skillet under medium heat until golden brown. Raise heat to medium high then add crumbled (firm) tofu and a cup of leftover rice into the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and stir.
Finally, add some chopped green onions and ground sweet basil and stir for one more minute. Set aside and dine, mother dear. Won’t take longer than 10 minutes!
14 Banana and Peanut Butter Bagels
There’s nothing like a PB-B Bagels when you’re a mommy in a hurry. Slice a bagel in two and pop it in the toaster for 3 to 4 minutes. While waiting, grab a large ripe banana and slice it into small round pieces then set aside. Get the bagels out of the oven when it’s done then spread a generous serving of peanut butter onto each.
Finally, put the slices of bananas on top of each toasted bagels and fill them evenly. Devour the scrumptious breakfast and you’re all set, momma.
13 Very Berry Waffles
Smart move mom if you’ve included pancake mix in your groceries. Just add water, mix well then pour into preheated (non-stick sprayed) waffle maker. It won’t take longer than 3 to 4 minutes for your waffles to cook and remove it from the cooker. Finally, top with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, hence the name, Very Berry Waffles.
You can level it up and add some (store-bought canned) whipped cream or simply maple syrup to top it off. If you're feeling extra adventurous, add some diced berries directly into the batter before cooking for a real berry explosion.
12 Use Overnight Oat!
Prep this up after you’ve tucked everyone in bed, moms, and it won’t take you 5 minutes, we promise. Take a third cup of each of the following: raw rolled oats, milk (fresh or almond, your call), and yogurt. Place everything in a jar, seal it tightly and let it sit in the fridge overnight, hence the name “overnight oats.”
You can add some fresh berries in the morning to add a kick. Cooking time? Nada. Just grab ‘em from the fridge and eat it right out of the cup.
11 Cottage Cheese Banana Split
‘Split’ your time wisely with this cottage cheese banana split, mom! It’s a breakfast bomb that you must try. Get a large piece of ripe banana and split it open into half lengthwise in an oval plate. Rather than ice cream, put a scoop of cottage cheese on top of the banana halves, drizzle with jam and add some other diced fruit and berries and you got a happy tummy, mummy!
If you’re trying for some healthy-luscious smoothies, give these a whirl, mommies!
Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie
In blender, pour in a cup of oats, half a cup of almond milk, 2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter and then 2 medium-sized ripe bananas. Blend all the way for 4 to 5 minutes or until smooth. Pour everything in a large tumbler and take it out with you so you can sip all the healthy goodness while on your way.
Veggie Packed Smoothie
You need your energy to survive mommy duties on an everyday basis. Wash and clean thoroughly a cup of kale and a cup of spinach. Place all in a blender, add a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds then blend until smooth. If you’re new to this all-veggie smoothie, you can start by adding a banana or a few berries to lighten up the taste.
9 Level up Hash Brown
Thank God for frozen pre-packed hash browns. You can use a skillet and use some non-stick spray over it or you can simply use a non-stick pan instead. Heat in medium high and cook each side of the hash brown until they’re golden brown. While the bottom side cooks, season the top side with salt, pepper and paprika. Then do it onto the other side. Set aside and eat to your heart’s delight!
Looking for something a little more? Try cooking some bacon, ham or chicken, along with your favourite veggies in the pan prior to cooking the hash browns. Once done, put them aside and re-add them just before the hash browns are complete. Then to really fill that belly, cook an egg or two in the same pan, right on top of everything!
8 Yummy French Toast
Keeping it simple and delish is the way to go, just like an easy French toast. Mix one egg, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and a quarter cup of fresh milk in a bowl. Get 3 slices of loaf bread then dip both sides of each in the egg mixture. Sear in a pan for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. It’s all good to eat, mommy!
7 Basil and Tomato Omelette
This one’s a quick breakfast fix for you, mom! First, wash some basil leaves and half of a tomato. Chop them all and set aside. Heat skillet over medium high, put some butter to melt. Stir fry tomato and basil for a minute then set aside. Finally, crack two eggs in a bowl, add pepper and salt to taste then whisk until completely combined.
Heat up non-stick pan before you melt and spread in some butter. Pour in the egg mixture and then spread it all throughout the bottom. As you cook, add and line the stir-fried tomatoes and basil at the centre, then flip the sides of the eggs over to cover the center. Then, take it out of the heat and set aside. It shouldn’t take long in the heat if you want a creamy omelette. Have an egg-cellent day starter, mom!
6 Fresh Fruit Salad
Toss whatever’s in season into your bowl! In summer, you've got to have kiwis, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and grapes. TIME SAVING TIP: You can cut all fruits and pre-pack it in ziplock containers good for a few days’ breakfast! We’re pretty sure you want them chilled so keep ‘em right in your fridge!
No prep time needed in the morning, just pour a bag in a bowl, if you want to add extra sweetness sprinkle some powdered sugar or pour on some honey!
5 Veggie Salad
Again, be time-wise, mommy! You may chop veggies earlier and pre-pack it. Have some baby tomatoes, lettuce, cut radish, carrots as well and then toss in some chickpea if you like. For the dressing, pour in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. That wouldn’t even beat 10-minute of your time.
4 Dark Choco Banana Parfait
Puh-lease have some Parfait, mommies! You still deserve it in the face of hardships from motherhood. In a glass jar, do follow and add these: a third of some greek yogurt, sprinkle dark choco bits, a third of chilled sliced bananas, again some dark choco bits, a layer of some granola, more yogurt, bananas and more dark choco bits. Indulge before you set off for another day being a full-fledged supermom.
3 Milk and Strawberry Quinoa
Sadly, quinoa takes more than 10 minutes to cook, but we know that you know better, mommies. All thanks to quinoa flakes, you can have quinoa goodness at its quickest! In a microwavable bowl, pour in a third-cup of quinoa flakes and a cup of milk. Microwave on high for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Finally, top up with some generous amount of fresh-cut strawberries. It you want some healthy fats in there, throw in some crushed almonds or walnuts, and your tummy will thank you for it!
2 TLC (Tomato, Lettuce, Cheese) Sandwich
Let tomato, lettuce and cheese be an essential in the kitchen, mom. These are badass soldiers in your kitchen kingdom that’ll fill you up and your family in no time. As for a premium motherly breakfast, clean a piece or two of some lettuce leaves, slice some tomatoes and a cheddar cheese (pre-sliced would be more convenient). Stack these in between two larges slices of loaf bread, some ketchup or mayo perhaps, and you’re all set!
1 Open-faced Avocado and Egg Sandwich
You need a perfectly ripe avocado and you’ll be using only a half of it. Slice the avocado into thin strips. Get one slice of bread and line it up with the avocado slices until it’s perfectly covered. Then, to top off with a poached or fried egg. We recommend having it runny in this kind of sandwich.