I have a 10 and 12 year-old. My husband works full-time and I run the bakery that we own in addition to blogging. The absolute only thing you need to take away from that is that we are busy. BUSY.
Each day is different and rarely follows the schedule I have in my head for how it’s going to play out. I’m going to guess that at least twice a week, I wake up thinking I’m going to the grocery store that day and never end up making it (don’t worry about the fact that twice a week is probably under-estimating it)! I try my hardest to be spontaneous and not miss out on opportunities just because I had a certain schedule in my head. So if I wake up thinking I’m heading to the grocery store that afternoon and friends call to invite us to the pool, the pool usually wins out.
Luckily, we can still have fresh, healthy meals even if it does take me many days in a row to get to the store, because when I do get there, I stock up on frozen foods!
My husband will pretty much eat a fried egg on anything, so I started keeping hashbrowns and frozen spinach on hand to fancy them up a bit, add some extra nutrients and turn it into more of a meal! All 4 of us will gobble these up with different toppings, but these are our two favorites.
Hash Brown Nests with Fried Eggs
- Frozen hash browns
- 1 egg per person
- Vegetable Oil or butter
- Your choice of toppings:
- Hot Sauce
- Parmesan Cheese grated
Follow directions on package to fry hash browns in a skillet. I cook about 3/4 cup per person.
Once they are cooked, remove to paper towel. Crack your egg over pan and fry in a small amount of vegetable oil or butter. I cook about 3 minutes per side, but you can cook 5 minutes on one side only if you like yours a little runnier.
For Avocado Egg: Make a nest of hashbrowns. Layer sliced avocado on top of nest, top with a fried egg and a couple dashes of hot sauce.
For Spinach Egg: Saute your spinach in frying pan while egg is cooking. On plate, make a nest of hashbrowns, top with spinach, fried egg and sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
The benefits of frozen foods being incorporated into our meals go beyond just opening up our social calendar. I’m happy as a mom that my kids are getting all their nutrients and it makes it so much easier to customize the meals for different food preferences! I pretty much always keep frozen vegetables on hand to bulk up all of our meals- even something simple like macaroni & cheese! I can make one batch of macaroni & cheese and add corn to mine, spinach to my sons, broccoli to my husbands and leave my daughter’s plain! Easy, healthy and cost-friendly!