Calling all busy-bees, jugglers of tasks and life, tired moms, and everyone in between...
If your day looks like this : wake up, wrestle kid(s) out of bed, make breakfast, get them to school, go to work, come home, take care of sports, or chores, or grocery shop, or anything that requires your undivided attention, THEN you gotta figure out what the heck to feed the other members of your family (which 95% of the time you're expected to cook something edible) , make time for YOU (which is why running away to the barre, and not the bar is always a great idea) , go home , and get ready to do it all again the next day.
This might be a snapshot of your m-f or maybe just parts of it. Anyways it can be exhausting. So what do we do when we are tired, burnt out or bored? Cut corners. Drive throughs and ditching workouts, swearing that "I had no time and I'll take care of it tomorrow". I get it. And I'm just as guilty.
The Barre Kailua blog was created to share all things that empower, motivate, and incorporate all things that we feel create a healthier, happier, and better quality of life with exercise and beyond. Right now I'm talking about the beyond.
I live in the tiniest house in Kailua, Hawaii, where I'm sure it could be deemed a legit grass shack (paradise prices aren't very fun). With that being said; there isn't much counter space let alone a kitchen. Pros: no kitchen = no cooking = win , Cons: No Kitchen, yet you still need to feed your child = fail. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason so BOOM. I met my companion. His name is Magic Mac and he is a whopping 14" tall and shines brighter than sun ( especially on days I'm hangry or when I forget I have a last min. potluck ) . MM is my instant pot.
If you don't already have one of these incredible contraption you gotta get on it. Toss in your meal, hit a couple buttons and walk away. A couple of beeps and BOOM dinner is served. Or lunch, or breakfast, or desert, or yogurt. There is no limit to the rice cooker of the future. Actually its a pressure cooker which can replace your slow cooker and rice cooker all together.
Some of my easy , goto meals which requires very little prep time and you can add or sub whatever you want are :
- Chicken Adobo
- Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Salad
- Chicken taco bowls
- Beef Stew
- (Magic) Mac and Cheese
- cinnamon roll casserole
- breakfast egg bake
- perfect hard boiled eggs
And the list goes on. Not only has this thing made me look like I could balance a hectic life and cook like a top chef, but I've gained more confidence in the kitchen and I'm happy to share my meals with family and loved ones / no longer waiting for the torture face of swallowing my made up meals which are usually well done. WELLLLLLLLLL done.
So give it a try or do a bit more research. It's worth the price tag and you might even find yourself excited to make a meal or two. There are also Paleo, Vegetarian, Keto, whole 30, getfit21, vegan, weight watchers, easy, cheap, healthy, and kid friendly recipes just flooding the internet.
My very favorite, no fail recipe is Chicken long rice. quick . healthy. tasty . and easy peasy.