I love cooking and creating healthy meals for Hailey. But let’s be honest, life happens. Sometimes we run in the door at 10 minutes past dinnertime with a hungry baby on our hands. In moments like this, there is no time to prep. Hailey is like me and if you wait to long between meals, she gets hAngry. So I like to make sure I’m well stocked on quick meals that are healthy, wholesome and put a smile on Hailey’s face. Like Chobani.
At times like these, I hug my freezer because it always saves me. My favorite freezer staples are organic vegetables. Here are my favorites:
Organic green peas. Hailey eats them frozen, or I’ll nuke them for 15 seconds in 2 tbsp of water and they’re ready to go.
These Alexis organic frozen carrots are already pre-chopped into munchkin-sized pieces. Same as peas, a few seconds in a little water in the microwave and they’re ready to go.
I always keep an eye out for variety, like butternut squash. Pre-chopped and ready to serve.
When there is no time to make eggs, I love these small sweet potato pancakes (found them at Fresh Market). The heat up in less than 60 seconds. I smear them with peanut butter and Hailey inhales them.
Frozen ravioli. I think I’ve sung the praises of frozen pasta before, but I’ve been really impressed with Rising Moon Organic raviolis (found in the freezer section). I can boil a few at a time and save the rest. We’ve tried all their flavors and haven’t met one yet Hailey didn’t like, including this strongly flavored garlic gorgonzola.
These individual guacamoles from Wholly Guacamole are awesome! They freeze well (though I don’t usually get spicy for Hailey). When she needs some healthy fat, I stick a frozen pack in warm water to let in thaw, then mix it into brown rice, smear it on a tortilla… or even let Hailey suck it straight out of the package.
Cheese sticks are our go-to afternoon snack. I found these Horizon organic sticks at Harris Teeter and Hailey LOVES them. As soon as I pull one out of the fridge she starts bouncing up and down, anxious to get her hands on it. I can’t blame her; they’re delicious.