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Crazy Busy Mama Recipes


crazy busy mama recipes

As a busy mom, I know the struggle of trying to come up with quick and easy recipes that are still delicious and satisfying. That's why I've compiled some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for those crazy busy nights when you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. These recipes are all easy to make, budget-friendly, and kid-approved!

One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz. fettuccine pasta
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and garlic, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook until the chicken is browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the fettuccine pasta, and stir to combine.
  5. Cover and simmer until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and combined.
  7. Serve immediately.
Nutrition InformationAmount Per Serving
Calories600
Total Fat35g
Saturated Fat20g
Cholesterol160mg
Sodium800mg
Total Carbohydrates35g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars5g
Protein35g

FAQ:

  • Q: Can I use a different type of pasta?
  • A: Yes, you can use any type of pasta you like. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Q: Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?
  • A: You can, but the sauce won't be as thick and creamy.
  • Q: Can I add vegetables to this recipe?
  • A: Yes, you can add any vegetables you like. Just make sure to cook them before adding the pasta.

Tips:

If you want to save even more time, you can use pre-cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own. You can also make a big batch of this recipe and freeze the leftovers for later.

If you're looking for a healthier option, you can use whole wheat pasta and reduced-fat Parmesan cheese. You can also add some vegetables to the recipe to make it more nutritious.

If you don't have a large pot or Dutch oven, you can use a deep skillet instead. Just make sure it has a lid.

Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. flank steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Flour tortillas, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the steak, bell peppers, and onion with the olive oil and spice mixture.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on a sheet pan.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the steak is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve with flour tortillas.
Nutrition InformationAmount Per Serving
Calories400
Total Fat20g
Saturated Fat5g
Cholesterol50mg
Sodium400mg
Total Carbohydrates25g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars5g
Protein30g

FAQ:

  • Q: Can I use a different type of steak?
  • A: Yes, you can use any type of steak you like. Just make sure to slice it thinly.
  • Q: Can I add other vegetables to this recipe?
  • A: Yes, you can add any vegetables you like. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Q: Can I make this recipe on the grill?
  • A: Yes, you can grill the steak and vegetables instead of baking them in the oven.

Tips:

To save time, you can slice the steak and vegetables ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you're ready to cook. You can also use a store-bought fajita seasoning mix instead of making your own.

If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can use frozen sliced bell peppers and onions instead of fresh. Just make sure to thaw them before using.

If you're watching your carb intake, you can serve the steak and vegetables over a bed of lettuce instead of using tortillas.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce