Healthy Foods & Recipes for the Busy Mom

Moms—do you ever feel it’s impossible to cook real food with everything you are trying to balance throughout the week?

With crazy schedules, super long work hours and tempting takeout menus, it is tough to cook most nights during the week—let alone even THINK about it.  Until now.  We’ve rounded up some of the best healthy foods and recipes for your busy moms on the go.

Let’s get cooking!

Southwestern Chicken Casserole


  • 5 cups brown rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup onion finely diced
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 2 large chicken breasts sliced about an inch thick
  • 5 cup salsa
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings: cheese, fresh tomato, avocado, cilantro


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a large baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Mix together all ingredients, except the chicken, in a large bowl
  3. Slice the chicken breasts into one-inch-thick pieces and place on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the rice mixture, cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.
  4. Uncover and top with shredded cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

*recipe modified from Fit Foodie Finds

Slow Cooker Two-Bean Beef Chili

Don’t forget the slow cooker when your week is crazy.  It’s a great way to get in all those needed vitamins and minerals without slaving over a hot stove for hours at a time.  Step up your chili game with this simple and tasty recipe:


  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder


  1. Cook the peppers, celery, mushrooms, onion and jalapeno in oil until the onion is brown in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, add in the garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook and stir for a minute or two longer.
  2. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, carrot, water, barbecue sauce and chili powder.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with low-fat sour cream, hot sauce, mozzarella cheese or onion if desired.

*recipe modified from Taste of Home

No-Cook Healthy Foods for Snacking

Snacking can be the biggest culprit of weight gain or sluggishness throughout the day. Power through your day with these healthy foods that don’t require any cooking!

Apples and peanut butter.   This sweet and crunchy snack is not only delicious but full of protein.  Use natural peanut butter to cut back on sugar.

Hummus & veggies. Hummus is a low-calorie superfood that you can dip your favorite vegetables in for a healthy and satisfying snack.

Fruit salad. Cut up your favorite fruits into a bowl and toss together.  Think apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, blueberries, and raspberries.  Add into some Greek yogurt or eat on its own.

Now with these healthy foods and recipes, you can take the stress out of cooking once and for all!

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