Let's be real! Our busy schedules mean we don't always have time to cook. Check out these quick and easy homemade snacks perfect for the busy bee!
Hi! Hello! Hey! I’m back and I have to be completely honest! I’m super-duper tired today. Why? Because this genius blog writer had a late night smoothie with a shot of caffeine in it! Not smart at all. I just needed to stay up a couple of extra hours and ended up staying up ‘til 2 AM! Let me repeat that, 2 AM in the morning. YAWN!
Sleepiness aside, I’m feeling pretty dandy and I’m glad to be working and writing to you guys right now. Did any of y’all happen to catch Hailey’s awesome post about meal prepping? That stuff is GOLD right there. Save money (whoop!) and make delicious food while you're at it (yum!). So because of Hailey’s post, I’ve been doing a lot of meal prepping myself. Having a busy schedule, I never have time to cook. Maybe if we lived in an alternate universe that had more hours in a day and required less time to sleep, I would have more time to cook.
Fortunately, we don’t live in a world like that. I’m sure some of you nap and sleep enthusiasts cringed while you read about that made-up world. Not to worry—I promise it’s not real! What is real is the fact that as a busy bee, I don’t have time to cook, but I’m still the type of person who gets hangry throughout the day if I don’t get my daily sustenance, as Thor would say.
So as Hailey suggested, I take one day out of the week to meal prep. Usually my meal prep day is Saturday or Sunday, but any day will work. While cooking, my kitchen definitely feels like Hell’s Kitchen or Restaurant: Impossible because I’m trying to squeeze the maximum amount of cooking into the few available hours I have. So, without further ado, here are some of the quick and easy homemade recipes that I love to prep. They are certified and approved by me to be perfect for any busy bee. Anyone can try them though because I know everyone appreciates a great quick recipe!
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I’m the kind of girl who likes things to be as simple as possible. As much as I would love to make super elegant and extravagant recipes, they really aren’t my forte. They take too much time and effort, and require too many ingredients for my liking. I don’t want to go to the grocery store with a list that’s 10 pages long. For that reason, I like food recipes that are simple, clean, and quick to cook. That’s why I love this banana bread recipe.
This recipe is called ‘One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread.’ It won me over with the title alone. I love bananas—I mean seriously, gotta get me my daily dose of potassium! And the fact that the recipe is a ‘One Bowl…’ recipe makes it sound easy. Get this… the recipe is SUPER simple! I mean, who doesn’t love easy baking recipes?! Hooray for easy meals! When I make this, I like to make two loaves; one to eat for this week and one to freeze for later. After making the batter, I usually pop them into the oven and move onto the next recipe while they're baking.
Here’s an alternative if you’re not too into bananas – Grab and Go Granola Bars. I went through a phase when I hated bananas (long story that involved rotten bananas and hot airport parking lots) so I can totally sympathize with anyone who doesn’t like them. These yummy homemade granola bars are a great, healthy option that you can easily ‘grab and go!' Plus, again they are super quick to make, and I am all about that!
I’m a big smoothie drinker. I love love LOVE drinking all kinds of smoothies. I could drink them all day and all the time when it’s hot—which in Texas is like over half the year. I especially like to have smoothies for breakfast. Here’s my struggle, which I think some of you will relate to, I don’t live alone, but I always get up the earliest since “the early bird gets the worm.” So I’m usually up at some crazy early hour, and out of courtesy, I don’t make smoothies in the morning because I don’t want to wake all my roommates with the horribly loud and jarring sound of a blender.
If you’re in the same scenario as I am, I have a solution for you! Pre-make all your smoothies for the week and freeze them. GENIUS, am I right? I read this idea on another blog and my mind was blown. All you have to do is make your smoothies, freeze them, and stick the one you’ll have in the morning in the fridge the night before to thaw. It’s such a simple, yet brilliant idea!
I especially love this idea because when I’m ready to have breakfast, it’s there and ready for me to eat. Plus, I can eat it with a slice of banana bread, toast, or a boiled egg. (Those are my go-to breakfast meals.) P.S. I usually start making the smoothies while the banana bread is baking. Helps save on time!
So I know my title said quick and easy homemade snacks, but I couldn’t help but throw a couple of homemade meals in there, too! I’m sure many of you have seen this before—a salad in a jar! I’ve never tried this, but the idea seems genius. Plus with it being pre-made, it’s a super quick and easy meal to grab for lunch. Delicious. Healthy. Simple. Easy. Quick. Those are the five words that describe how I like my food! This salad recipe in a jar fits those criteria quite well! Bonus health tip: take a few minutes to whip up some quinoa. It cooks like rice, and keeps well in the fridge all week. Add some to your salad jars for a super filling meal with an extra bit of protein!
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What I love about the blender that I use to make my smoothies is that it has a timer to tell me how long it will take to blend everything together. So while my smoothies are blending, I usually start making a quick stir fry. Before I went to college, my uncle told me he made stir fries all the time because they’re tasty and easy to make. The whole process really requires throwing cut veggies, garlic, and some form of meat into a pan with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Super easy! Throw in some fresh herbs and spices, if you’re feeling extra chef-y. This is super delicious and such a healthy easy dinner recipe.
The trick to making this a lightning fast meal is to pre-marinate your meat and cut your veggies ahead of time. Some of you may be saying, “Alexa, that sounds like a ton of work.” Trust me when I say, that extra 15-20 minutes you took to cut some veggies and throw chicken into a Ziploc bag with a marinade or dressing will be so worth it to you the next day. Your taste buds will thank you! I promise!
And, with that promise, I’m going to bid you adieu. I hope you enjoyed these yummy recipes. Personally, they’re some of my fave recipe ideas. If you know any other awesome quick and easy recipes, let me know in the comments below. Don’t hesitate to share this post with any family members or loved ones who are uber busy. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. Or you could hire them a personal chef. I’m sure they’d appreciate that too. Maybe we’ll stick with sharing this post instead… Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!
**Featured image via The Domestic Geek