healthy yet easy food ideas?!

Question: Healthy yet easy food ideas?
I am 32 weeks pregnant and have been put on bed rest. I have a 18 month old in the home and my husband works 10 hour shifts 6-7 days a week. I need something that is quick and easy to make but is also healthy. I've been making graduate meals for my daughter to make sure she eats healthy. But other than standing long enough to put a pizza in the oven, I can't really do much. Please let me know of some healthy alternatives to pizza. We have also been eating a lot of take out but I know its not very healthy either and gets expensive.

Thanks in advance!


There are a ton of things that you just need to pop into the oven. Get a whole chicken, pull out the organs, put in a casserole dish with 1-2 cups of water in the bottom. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Do not cover. Bake at 425 for an hour and a half.

Chicken pieces (thighs/breasts)- in a casserole dish mix 2 cups rice with 2 cups water. Stir in a chicken boullion flavoring. Place chicken pieces over rice, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Cover tightly. Bake at 375 for 35 min boneless, 375 for 1 hour bone in. The rice gets all chicken flavor, it's awesome.

Chicken breast strips or boneless pork chops- mix in Shake N Bake. One same baking sheet put some baby carrots and cut up zucchini. Drizzle veggies with olive oil and seasonings. Bake at 425 for 25 min. I love Shake N Bake meat dipped in BBQ sauce :)

Pasta with marinara and frozen meatballs. Pasta tossed with olive oil, butter, and black olives.

Shrimp salad sandwiches- just buy frozen cooked shrimp. Defrost a handful in a bowl of water in the sink (5 min). Pull off tail, dice up, mix with a little mayo, a little cream cheese, squirt of lemon, maybe some chives. Put on a hot dog roll with lettuce. Love it!

Good luck with the baby!


1 lb. fettuccine noodles whole wheat
1/2 c. butter
1 c. heavy cream OR MILK or 2% milk
1 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash pepper

In large pot, bring 4 quarts water with 1 tablespoon salt to boiling. Add noodles; return to boiling. Boil, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until tender but firm. Drain noodles; keep warm.

To make Alfredo Sauce: Heat butter and cream in medium saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until sauce is blended and fairly smooth.
Add to drained noodles and toss until they are well coated. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese . Serve at once.

after the pasta cooks it onlt takes a few min for the sauce to be ready

Google Chinese chilled melon fruit salad


Sri fry is quick and easy. throw some rice in a pot or use bag rice. Cookin takes les then 10 min over high heat as long as all close tot he same size.

Pasta is easy to make, put you feet up while you boiling water , drain the water and thow int eh sauce and add a pad of butter to make it creamy and kill a bit of the acid. Meat balls are easy to make and you put them in oven instead of the stove top you can mx and form everything while seated. simple salad from a bag and dressing you got a meal.
Tacos are easy to make bake some chicken use some left over rice. some salsa and sour cream is great.
Bakes fish salt and pepper and sliced lemon and a pad of butter, put in a foil pouch and bake sever it with rice or potatoes green beens or broccoli.

Sandwiches are alway good as long as you have some veggies on it and canned soup on the side would go well with that.

Btw don't be afraid to ask for help. You might have to ask you hubby if he can try and work less.

You are going to have to get some help from a friend, family member or husband. Simple as that. Get some people to make some dishes tat you can freeze and take out and heat in microwave or oven when needed. Here is a dish you can make when your child is napping. You will need pasta, ground beef, can of diced tomatoes, celery and mushrooms (optional), herbs(optional) and grated cheese.
It may seem like a lot of work but think about it, you ground the beef, you can sit in between stirs, you cook pasta, and sit in between stirs, you add tomatoes which are already diced and if you get a can with herbs already in them then you dont need to add that! then you add your other veggies which you can cut up in about 5 mins while sitting at a table. Add it all together in pan and make sure its all cooked and done. Then when its ready to serve, add grated cheese ( grocery stores have packaged grated cheese- another step you dont have to do)

You can make a few batches and store them in a container in your freezer.

Or if you honestly just cannot be on your feet for even that amount of time, instead of unhealthy take out everynight, call restaurants just before your husband gets off work and order inexpensive healthy meals like salmon, rice and veggies or chicken parmesan or whatever you want. Since its just the two of you order enough for 4 people and order different things, that way you can have left overs to add to your meals the next day or two. For example ; order an extra chicken parmesan dish. It will probably come with a potato side with veggies. The next day you can split the meal in half with your husband and add a soup or salad that you can easily make. So by calling lets say on a Monday, you have dinner on Monday, Tuesday and maybe a lunch for one of you on Wednesday. On Wednesday do the same or ask a friend or family member to make you a batch of spaghetti or stew that will serve for another few days.

Dont woory, making easy-to-make and healthy foods are easy as lemon juice! ^_^ What I do is try to eat healthy everyday, and I usually make up my own strageties for a good wholseome but wuick and easy meal.
Have you tried oatmeal? It only takes 1-2 min in the microwave. Put 1/2 a cup of dried oatmeal and a cup of milk and pop it in the microwave for 1-2 min andyou have great, well balanced meal. Juts put some berriesi n there! Its a great breakfast food. Try not to put sugar becuase the fruits are your natural suagars-if you RAELLY hate oatmeal, like I used to, put a PINCH or brown suagr. Its fast, kepps you full for a LONG time, cleans out your system, and you acn only get benefits from oatmeal.It is a perfect breakfast meal! I use Quaker Whole grain. (dont be fooled by the "instant packets" they are filled with extra suagrs and fats.)
Consider smoothies. Its a whole meal in a cup. Just pour in s cup of 1/2 a cup or juice, or milk. I would 1/2 a cup. Then add berries, OR yogurt. Then BLEND! >:D Its quick, easy, AND IF FILLED WITH YOUR DAILY VITAMINS. Which is really important.
This one is probaably going to throw you off, but just eat any veggies and fruits. Just one apple is very fullfilling if you eat slowly and enjoy it. So is a banana!
A yogurt cup is great! It is filled with calcuim and the such... just take a cup of yogurt, pour into a bowl and add granola. Some berries and go crazy with fruits. FRUITS ONLY HAVE BENEFITS! But caution-choose your yogurt wisley. Some are added with many fruit dyes and chemicals that are evil! Same with granola-people might say they are good, but some granola is packed with sugars that are bad for you. Try to buy organic.
Tral mix! This one if very helpful becuase its food on the go, and it can be tasty and benefial. Just take a plastic baggy and add healthy choices like- healthy rolled oats and granola, raisins (minimum) banana chips or apple chips (healthy ones, be aware some companies pack them with sgar, but natural are mostly the best) popcorn. YES POPCORN! (BUT BUTTER FREE OR NATURAL and add a 1/2 a cup or cup to a miximum.) Maybe some veggies too... dried berries. More of less, if you mix it up-its going to satisfy your needs and its good for you!
AND A WORD OF CAUTION: read the ingerdients list more often. Some little foods might say "100 calorie pack" or "fat-free" but just read the ingredients and keep in mind whats in them. Sure if you stay under your calorie limit its good, stick to that. But once in a while, try to read the ingredients. HINT: the moer ingredients, the more UN---healthy. Single of a few ingredients are always healthy. Look for these ingredeints: hydrogonated oils, High Furctose Corn Syrup, ANY food coloring dyes and soy. Thats right soy! Thsoe are the "code-red" ones and has little to no value. And are quite unhealthy. ALSO, if the calories from fat are just as high or HIGHER than the calories-stay away. Its BAD! ITS EVIL! Ohter than that goood luck.
btw, I just though of anotehr food-muffins. Try to buy natural berry muffins and read the ingerdients list! Or oatmeal cooikies. Sweets can be good too, its just some are used for evil. They are filling and tasty! Its great with milk! :D :D :D :D


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