I Have An Infant & No Time to Cook: 4 Delicious Throw-Together Meals

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Hi, friends!

I heard a rumor that you guys like quick and easy meal ideas, so here are four delicious ones that you might enjoy. I hope they inspire some tasty meals in your house!

I Have An Infant and No Time to Cook 4 Delicious Throw-Together Meals

1. Half of a baked sweet potato with chicken salad, steamed spinach, and buffalo sauce

This meal requires a little Sunday prep, but once you’ve done your cooking for the week, you can throw this meal together in just a few minutes. (Sunday meal prep: Bake sweet potatoes and cook chicken breast. Extra credit: Make chicken salad.) To make this meal, fill a medium bowl (like one you’d eat cereal out of) with fresh (or frozen) spinach, put half of a baked sweet potato right on top, and then nuke the whole thing for 60-90 seconds. Meanwhile, cut up chicken and mix with mayo to make chicken salad. When the spinach and sweet potato are warm, top them with chicken salad and buffalo sauce. Dinner done!

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2. Prosciutto and leafy greens pizza

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Besides the pizza crust, everything else was already in our kitchen, so I just threw together this pizza in no time at all. Pretty much any fresh or frozen veggie would work on top and the prosciutto has a pretty long sell by date, so you could easily keep some on hand for when you want to whip up a quick pizza.

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3. Baked mac & cheese with broccoli (or chopped spinach or kale or cauliflower or another favorite veggie)

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This Baked Mac & Cheese recipe is the bomb! It seriously takes no time to make and if you throw in some frozen broccoli florets (or another frozen veggie), it makes it a semi-healthy, comfort food meal!


4. Chopped salad with canned tuna, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese crumbles

Sadly, I don’t have a photo of this meal, but it was so darn good, I just had to share it. Here’s how to make it: Open and drain a can of tuna, mix with buffalo sauce (tip: a little goes a long way), chop up some iceberg lettuce, like you would for a chopped salad (tiny pieces), mix it all together, and then top with blue cheese crumbles. Ooooh my goodness, it was delicious and it took me about 5 minutes to make.

Question of the Day

What is your favorite throw-together meal?



  1. I don’t even have an infant, but I certainly love throw-together meals. I actually made your quick and easy shaved brussels, chicken sausage, and laughing cow bowl for dinner last week. Thanks for the inspo!

  2. Chicken and hot sauce mix…good combo! My throw too is always leftover meat, zucchini noodles, homemade paleo mayo, shredded cabbage or brussels, olives, some sort of nut or avocado and one or two fried eggs on top!

  3. My favorite throw together meal is probably a “mexi-bowl” as I call them in my house…I throw some diced bell pepper, a couple of eggs, and salsa (plus salt and pepper) onto a skillet. Once it’s cooked I eat it over spinach/greens, topped with avocado, and with tortilla chips to scoop it all up!

  4. When I know it’s going to be a crazy week I like to purchase a rotisserie chicken to make shredded chicken. Then throughout the week I can use this on salads, soups, stirred fry veggies (I just buy the frozen bag), tacos, mix with tomatoes, corn, and black beans, etc. I also love Frank’s Hot Sauce for added favor!

    My favorite ”˜go to’ these days is brussels sprouts with turkey bacon, onions, and a chopped apple topped with cinnamon! Just mix all in a skillet and cover for about 10 minutes. So yum!

  5. My favorite throw together meal is a quick veggie mex scramble. You grab a bag of frozen veggies and warm them up in some coconut oil over the stove. Throw some refried beans, avocado, salsa and a little Greek Yogurt on top. It is so delicious and so easy to come together! Bonus: you can prep a little ground turkey or meat on Sunday to throw onto as well for a little more protein.

  6. I have a 6 month old it’s insane! Made your mac n cheese over the weekend it was bomb.com! 😃 so good…my husband and mother tried it as well and loved and the throw together pancake cookies with the almond joy creamer! Delish!! 👐

  7. Favorite throw together for me always involves eggs. I usually toss in whatever’s in the fridge leftover for veggies with it. I also doing a lot of egg bakes with the coldeer weather. Lately my butternut squash & spinach egg bake is my favorite. I’m now testing sweet potato, spinach and turkey sausage bake.

  8. I am all about the throw-together meal. In fact, that is my bread and butter (so to speak). I honestly don’t know what we will do when we have kids! I always keep cooked chicken sausage (like TJ’s) in the freezer and fresh veggies that can go into a quick omelet. But really? Just about all of the recipes that I have on my blog and that I make are designed to be customized but easy (gotta make it at least feel fresh, right!). Also, I make a righteous and super healthy French toast!

  9. Leftovers, heated up, on top of a bowl/plate of spring mix. Throw on some chopped nuts, cheese, or even a diced tomato if there’s one languishing in the fridge. The heat of the leftovers wilts the salad. It’s good & fast.

  10. As part of my weekly easy rotation, I make your sweet potatoe hash. Oh, Yum I just love it and I just throw whatever veggies I have in the frig. I’ve even added some yellow golden raisins to give it a little sweet kick. It’s so easy and keeps well in the frig.

  11. That mac and cheese looks delicious!! I made green bean casserole last night, which of course only takes about 30 minutes, and then I added a box of stuffing to have on the side, and who knew it literally took two seconds to make stuffing???

  12. Mine always involves eggs and what over veggies we have to throw in for an omlette or scramble w/baked sweet pot wedges!

    I also try to keep chicken sausage on hand to sautee up w/pasta or eggs, or veggies!

  13. Shoot. Definitely should NOT have read this article while I’m hungry 😉 (I want prosciutto pizza SO BADLY right now!).

    Soup is a favorite in our household. Make it ahead of time (or toss the ingredients in a crockpot), add a slice of buttered bread, and you’re good to go.

  14. This is my kind of post. I don’t have an infant, but I do have two boys and sometimes it’s just necessary to be able to throw something together quickly. Take tonight for example, I totally forgot to set something out to defrost this am and so it was an Annie’s Mac N Cheese and Applegate Hot Dogs kind of night. I went with Paleo Egg Salad Sandwich. Simple, easy, delicious!

  15. Finally! I’ve been looking for fast and easy recipes but it seems like everything takes so long, especially with a little one! Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. If you dig buffalo sauce, on Sunday I made baked potatoes stuffed with buffalo chickpeas (chickpeas heated up with a few glugs of Frank’s Red Hot), and topped with blue cheese and chives. They were incredible (and super easy!).

  17. Great ideas! My go-to meal is popping a sweet potato in the oven, pre-chopped pre-washed broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix from Trader Joe’s on the steamer, and warming up some tempeh and eating it with a whole wheat wrap and adding whatever chopped veggies/hummus/cheese I have to the wrap, and nuking the wrap a little. The veggies cook quickly and then my healthy sides are ready to go!

  18. I love eggrritos as my throw together meal – two eggs and cheese with spinach and avocado in a whole wheat wrap with hot sauce of course! Last night I made this and was able to eat it with one hand while feeding my 7-month old twins their dinners of peas and carrots with the other.

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