Delicious, Healthy, Meals for Women on the Go- Summer Edition

Lauren Parisier - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delicious, Healthy, Meals for Women on the Go- Summer Edition

Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy- By Brooke Ditlow

 

                In the fast paced, hectic lives that we live these days, it seems difficult to find the right balance.  I don’t believe that I am alone in having more on my “to do list” than time to get things done.  As women, we have a lot to juggle.  This is especially true during pregnancy.  On top of an already over packed schedule, we have to find time to nurture our bodies in order to provide the best possible environment for our growing babies.  Suddenly eating right, exercising and relaxing have to scramble to the top of the priority list.  This however, can be easier said than done. 

                At the end of the day, I feel ready to put my feet up and relax.  I don’t feel like pulling out the pots and pans to cook a meal.  Going out can be expensive and time consuming and it is often difficult to find healthy options on the menu.  I am always looking for a recipe that is healthy, reasonably priced, and that does not require a lot of time and effort to prepare.  The best recipe that I found that fits the bill this month is:   Ravioli with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce.  I found it on the Whole Foods Website.  The link is: http:www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2740.  This recipe is perfect for August.  It doesn’t require an oven.  It is healthy and a great meal for everyone, including vegetarians. 

                I made this meal for my family and here is how it broke down:

Cost:  All of the ingredients were: $18.25.  I should mention that there is not a Whole Foods near my house so I had to go to my local health food store.  I believe ingredients would have actually been less expensive at Whole Foods.  I had basil in my garden and I had balsamic vinegar in my pantry so I did not have to purchase those items.

Time from prep to table: 22 minutes.  The most time consuming part was waiting for the water to boil.  This recipe was very fast! 

Rating from the family

Me:  Loved it.  It was nice and light and full of flavor.  Plus I felt good knowing that it was good for me.

My Husband:  Really liked it.  Said it was a definite do again.  He did however have to supplement with a piece of chicken.  He didn’t think that this alone will fill him.

4 year old:  It wasn’t her favorite meal.  She complained but finally ate.

2 year old:  He loved it!  He picked off the spinach but downed the rest and asked for more.      

Check back monthly to the basq “Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy” blog for more tips on taking care of yourself.  Each month I will include a recipe for a healthy meal that is quick and easy.