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Easy Five-Minute Meals Your Family Can Make For Themselves

Easy Five-Minute Meals Your Family Can Make For Themselves

Reductress.com recently published an article called “Easy Meals Your Family Can Just Fucking Make Themselves” and absolutely nailed the frustrations of cooking a decent meal after a long day, with a messy house, grumpy partner and screaming children. Author, Rachel Klein addresses the issue with an extra hit of sass and swearing. She offers sarcastic, but readily realistic comments regarding cooking a weeknight meal like “Why don’t I just sell the washer and dryer and scrub all your clothes clean in a nearby river, too?!”

Unfortunately, some of her suggested (granted, entirely satirical) recipes are less than healthy. As a result, we have put together five, five-minute weeknight meals that some kids may be able to make for themselves (take caution with stoves, ovens and knives) or that you can make in a jiffy!

Tortilla Pizza (for 4 servings)

  • 4 tortillas (brown rice, ezekiel, or whole grain)
  • 2 cups of mixed veggies and toppings of your choice (broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, etc.)
  • 1 cup vegan or regular mozzarella 
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (Try: Simply Natural Organic Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place tortillas on an oiled baking sheet. Top with tomato sauce, cheese and vegetables. Bake for 5 minutes.


Veggie Scramble (4 servings)

  • 6 eggs or 2 packages, firm silken tofu (Try: Mori-Nu Firm Silken Tofu)
  • 1/4 cup broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 of a red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 of a red onion, roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Preheat a pan over medium heat. Add oil and lightly sautée the vegetables until softened. Crackthe six eggs (or add the tofu) and scramble, mixing the veggies with the eggs. Reduce heat, cover and allow to cook through. Serve with toast and salad.

Chili Cheat (4-6 servings)

Place oil, onion, pepper and celery in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sautée vegetables for 2 minutes or until softened. Add the beans and stir. Add the tomato sauce, seasoning and heat through until bubbling. Serve hot. 

OR heat up a few cans of Amy's Organic Chili and call it a night!

Quesadillas (4 servings)

  • 4 tortillas (brown rice, ezekiel or whole grain)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup vegan or regular mozzarella
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salsa for dipping

Place tortillas on the counter. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil and vegetables and sautée lightly. Remove the vegetables and distribute evenly over the four tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese and place a tortilla in the pan one at a time. Fold the tortilla in half and flip once to melt cheese. Serve hot with salsa. 

Grilled Cheese & Soup (serves 4)

  • A tetra pack or two cans of organic soup (Try: Amy’s soup)
  • 8 pieces of ezekiel bread or your fave gluten-free variety
  • Your favourite cheese (we like Daiya Provolone)
  • Olive oil, butter, ghee or earth balance buttery spread

Spread one side of each piece of bread with oil or butter. Press the cheese between the dry sides of two bread slices. Place on a hot pan and grill for 2-4 minutes per side. Meanwhile, heat soup in a medium saucepan over high heat. 

Vanilla & Mixed Berry Smoothie

Vanilla & Mixed Berry Smoothie

Breakfast For Busy (Breastfeeding) Moms

Breakfast For Busy (Breastfeeding) Moms

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