Multitasking Recipes for Busy Parents

[Editor’s Note: We collaborated with the awesome people at weeSpring to curate recipes that help save busy parents time in the kitchen. They also held a great giveaway, but unfortunately, the opportunity to enter is now closed. The good news? Your kitchen’s always open for exploring!]

Cooking for the family is a true joy. But when you have grown-ups, kids, and a baby to feed, it becomes a balancing act. You could end up preparing a few meals at the same time, and that’s a tricky dance!

But for all our busy moms (and dads!) out there, we’ve got you! We teamed up with the editors at weeSpring to pick out recipes that are nutritious, fun to prepare, and can do double-duty for parents and little eaters. 

Hopefully these picks, tips, and tricks inspire you to make something new (and stress-free!) this week:

Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese

This cauli mac n’ cheese is absolutely delish, and it’s a great way to serve up some extra veggies at dinner. The cauliflower is steamed in a little butter and broth, and the florets can be pulled off and puréed for baby food before the rest of the mac is assembled. Easy peasy!

Skillet Roasted Chicken with Rosti Potatoes and Steamed Veggies 

Beautiful, steamed veggies and lightly seasoned, pan-fried chicken are a classic dinner combo. Before you finish the dish, set aside some of the veggies and meat from the chicken (skin removed, if you prefer) and purée for a delish meal for older babies.

Orange You Glad It’s Sweet Potato Mash 

This sweet potato mash is very nutritious (Rachael wrote the recipe for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition where she’s a member!). It gets extra zip from orange marmalade and has just a hint of spice. Set aside some plain mash before the seasonings are added for the little ones.

Stuffed Pepper Stoup

For nights when you’re short on time, this stoup (stew+soup!) is low on prep time and high on flavor. With a few more spices and complex textures, it will be an adventurous eat for young ones. Try lightly puréeing this nutritious dish for a new addition to your dinner table. 

Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed bell peppers are fun to make and assemble and get a protein boost from fluffy, delicious quinoa. Try reserving some of the plain, cooked quinoa and some of the sautéed veggies (before the herbs are added) to be blended into a meal for baby. Your kids will probably love helping to stuff the peppers, too!

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