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Recipes for Parents Who Hate to Cook

These six ideas, from pizza dough to veggie pancakes to a killer stir-fry, are healthy and yummy alternatives kids (and parents!) will love

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Hey, moms and dads: Forget those dreams of "one day" cooking well-balanced meals for your family. Own your contempt for the kitchen – and consider these alternative recipes for feeding your kids healthy foods, without slaving over the stove!

For the morning, try a breakfast burrito or veggie pancakes. Need snacks? Try good-for-you green smoothies or the cheesy bean dip (hint: It's also a great base for tacos!). And for dinner in a pinch: Dress up your own simple homemade pizza dough or whip up an Asian shrimp stir-fry.

Easy Breakfast Recipes

Veggie Pancakes

A savory take on an old favorite, these pancakes, from Stacy Goldberg of West Bloomfield nutrition and wellness counseling service What's in Your Cart? LLC, are chock-full of vegetables. The star is kale – a kind of cruciferous vegetable that provides cholesterol-lowering fiber (plus antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits). Try it for dinner, too, as a side or main dish (just add all-natural chicken breast or grilled tofu).

  • Cooking time: Under 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped lacinato kale
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk of choice, including soy or almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Beat together egg, milk, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, kale, zucchini and scallions.
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Pour batter by tablespoonfuls into pan, making a few pancakes at a time. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Add remaining oil to pan as needed to cook remaining pancakes.
  6. Serve immediately.

Breakfast Burrito

A perfect on-the-go morning meal, serve these to the kids on-the-fly en route to the school bus. This recipe is from West Bloomfield nutrition and wellness expert Stacy Goldberg of What's in Your Cart? LLC.

  • Cooking time: Under 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup drained, rinsed canned black beans, no salt added (Eden Organic or Whole Foods 365 Organic)
  • 1/4 tsp. chili flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 eggs and 4 egg whites (can be substituted for cage-free liquid egg whites or egg substitute)
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 oz.) hormone- and antibiotic-free reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive or grape seed oil cooking spray
  • 4 10-inch whole-wheat or sprouted grain tortillas (burrito-size) (I like Food for Life Ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat or 2% Greek style plain yogurt (as sour cream substitute)
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 large tomato (4 oz.), seeded and diced
  • 1 small avocado (4 oz.), cubed or 1/4 cup guacamole

Directions

  1. Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook onion and peppers until onions and peppers are soft; about 7-9 minutes.
  3. Add black beans and red pepper flakes and cook until warmed through, another 4 minutes.
  4. Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a dish.
  5. Whisk together the eggs and egg whites then stir in the cheese.
  6. Spray the skillet with cooking spray, and reheat the skillet over a medium heat.
  7. Reduce heat to low and add eggs, scrambling until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  8. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon each Greek yogurt and salsa, then layer with 1/4 of the black bean mixture, 1/4 of the scrambled eggs, some diced tomato and 1/4 of the avocado or guacamole.
  9. Roll up into a burrito and enjoy!

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