breastfeeding survival bowls.
what the hell is that, you wonder?
well, once you are reduced to using just one arm for hours on end and find your a$$ parked on a couch or in a chair almost full time, you'll get it. all that baby feeding = you STARVING and not able to create fancy eats or even really EAT fancy eats. But yummy sustenance is so vital! and, lovey, you are in survival mode that 1st several weeks of nurturing your newborn. holy wow.
so, in those little bits of time you GET time, time that includes using both hands AND being on your feet, whip up a few of these "bowls" in easy to heat up containers. they can be eaten with one hand, without dribbling food all over yourself and your little offspring, they're tasty AND moderately healthy. and remember,you're burning like 500 extra calories a day whilst breastfeeding, so don't be too hard on yourself calorie/fat wise right now.
make me mac & cheese bowl
OK mommies, cave and buy a couple boxes of the macaroni and cheese you loved "when you were in college", whip it up per its directions, then, add a little sour cream and a sprinkle of your favorite "gourmet" cheese, i.e. gorgonzola, gouda or goat—stir. then disperse amongst a few storage bowls, depending upon how large a serving you wish to have at each stuck on the couch, one-handed meal. top each with a little more cheese, then stow away in your fridge or freezer based on when you think you'll eat it.
tex mex refried bean bowl
crack open a can of refried beans, divide it between two storage bowl containers. top each with a thick layer of the salsa of your choosing, a layer of shredded cheese and a great big dollop of sour cream. lid it and forget it, 'til you're starving and one-handed.
perfect little pasta & sauce bowl
cook up pasta of your choice, add a wee bit of olive oil to your storage bowl, then add your pasta, next, top with a sauce you love (marinara, alfredo, pesto, for example), then a sprinkle of parmesan or mozzarella, a few shakes of dried basil (or fresh if you've got it!) add some easy awesomeness.
bring on the black bean & rice bowl
boil up a bag of 10-minute jasmine rice and divide it amongst two storage bowls. open up a can of black beans and likewise, divide. top with a ton of fresh salsa, a handful of shredded cheese, a bit of corn if you'd like, then a dollop of sour cream and store.
good girl salad bowl
mind you this bowl doesn't last in the fridge as long, but you'll feel light and happy when you partake of it, simply add a bunch of your fave lettuce, a few cherry tomatoes, a few pieces of raw broccoli, some shredded carrots, pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, your fave cubed or crumbled cheese. be sure to have a good salad dressing on hand you can add to this when it's time to scarf it down.