Part of being organized is making the best use of your time. And when you don’t have much time to work with you really need to plan ahead and get a bit creative. Today’s example of this is meals on the go.
With school and extracurricular activities soon approaching, no matter where you may need to rush off to (sports practice, games, competitions, concerts, music lessons, recitals, etc.) it’s likely you’ll be driving all over town at dinner time (just like we do). My son is a competitive gymnast, and that means intense and lengthy practices. This also requires us to travel a good distance to his gym (there aren’t many options for a male competitive gymnast, so we go where we must).
To make the best use of our time on practice nights, I’ve decided to create some quick and healthy meals on the go. There is no way I want to go through a drive-thru three nights a week when we’re on the road, especially when I’m trying to foster an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle! So here are my top three fork-free (car friendly) dinner ideas:
Homemade Chicken & Broccoli Pockets: I’ve taken this delicious Pampered Chef recipe that’s meant to be formed into a braid and turned it into individual pockets (think “Hot Pockets” but homemade)! Instead of getting fancy with the dough and making the braid as called for, instead I make the filling (essentially cheese, meat, veggies, and mayo) and fill individual crescent rolls, wrapping them into little pockets before baking. You can put your own spin on this by substituting other meat and veggies. On the side, add fruit (whole or sliced), after all it is the original self-contained fast food! Or mix things up and make a flavorful smoothie with yogurt, fresh fruit, and you can even hide some more veggies in there!
Crispy Baked Ravioli: These raviolis are perfect for little hands, easy to make, and are a treat for your mouth. The kids will think they taste like little pizzas! This recipe, from MyRecipes.com calls for plain cheese ravioli, however I typically choose ones filled with chicken, spinach, and cheese (or a similar variation of that). The kids will enjoy the crispy coating on the outside (who am I kidding, you’ll totally enjoy it too), but you’ll feel good about serving these since they’re baked not fried. ;-) The meal is complete with some fresh veggies, sliced fruit, and a little container of marinara sauce for dipping (that’s the only potential for mess with this recipe, but it’s no different than going through a drive-thru and having ketchup for the chicken nuggets)!
Wrap It Up: Last year my son wanted a deli wrap EVERY DAY for lunch! So I know he’ll love having a wrap for dinner on the go. I’m taking it one step past deli though, and I’ll use a cooked meat, like thin steak strips, shredded pork loin, or chunked chicken breast. You can really load up a wrap to have a whole meal in your hand! Add diced or julienned vegetables, rice, your favorite sauce (ranch, bbq, or mayo) and roll it all up inside a whole-grain wrap. These can be served hot or cold and really make a filling meal.
Each of these meals can be heated up before you leave the house, wrapped in foil, and put into an insulated bag. They’ll be warm when the kids are ready for them; and in my opinion, these are WAY better alternatives to fast-food that don’t require much prep and baking time. Enjoy and safe travels!
About the author ~ Bobbie Spera is a Professional Organizer, Home Management Consultant, and the owner of Simplified by Bobbie located in Pennsylvania. Visitwww.simplifiedbybobbie.com to learn more, view before & after photos, and read helpful organizing tips. Contact Bobbie for your FREE phone consultation, and make your space & time work for you.