Mom Meal Hacks - Quick & Nutritious Meals

by on ‎03-27-2018 12:45 PM



I recently got back from a family trip to Texas to visit my husband's side of the family.  If you're like my family, it's not always the easiest to get back into a routine. 




As a busy mom, I wanted to share a few quick and nutritious recipes that pack a lot of delicious flavor and save a lot of time. I've got you covered from breakfast to dinner on these quick and simple Mom Meal Hacks.  These all take less than 10 minutes to prep and under 20 minutes to cook except the chili but it just slow cooks on its own while I go feed the baby, fold laundry, do the dishes, etc. They are all meals I feel good about feeding my family because they contain fruit and veggies.



Please let me know if you try these and feel free to share a photo to my Kristine Zell QVC facebook page Smiley Happy


Without anyfurther due, here they are. Begining with Breakfast!


Banana Oat (flourless!) Pancakes 



2 cups gluten free oats

2 Eggs

Mashed banana

Splash of almond milk

Dash of vanilla and cinnamon



Blend in vitamix

Pour silver dollar size amount on griddle

Serve with real maple syrup and vegan butter


Now it's Lunch time!


One Pot Chili





Can of kidney beans

Can of black beans

Can of diced tomatoes

Chopped zucchini

Half a small white onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

Can of spaghetti sauce

1lb ground turkey

Packet of chili seasoning (natural from organic section or make your own)



Use the pull chop if you have one to chop veggies. (I always think I need one when making this recipe. However, I manual cut my veggies. 

Sautee onion and garlic for a couple of minutes in my Le Crueset on medium heat. Add zucchini.

In a separate pan I sautee the meat. Then add.

Dump in the beans, tomatoes and sauce.

Then simmer on low heat for an hour. .

This is really thick…how I like it. Add another can of sauce to make it thinner.


A little tip - I top with some avocado – yum!







Winner Winner! Time for Dinner! 


Chicken and Broccoli






1 lb. of chicken breast or 3 individual chicken breasts 

Coconut Oil

Teriyaki/Sesame Sauce (Low Sodium)

Brown Rice



I take a pound of chicken breasts and use my kitchen shears to cut straight into the pan in inch chunks. Let them brown in coconut oil (healthier for cooking) then I add a bag of pre-cut broccoli. Let it cook down for 5-7 minutes. Then I add half of a soy-based teriyaki/sesame sauce (low sodium) let it simmer for a couple more minutes and serve over brown rice that I’ve cooked in a rice cooker.







If you need a midday snack or don't have time for a full meal, I LOVE smoothies as snacks for my toddler.





Cup of almond milk

Fresh strawberries and blueberries

Handful of spinach

Organic greek yogurt


Agave or local honey (tbsp.)



Blend in vitamix – my son loves making these with me.






I love that I get to sneak in the fruit for my son! And if I’m really daring, I’ll blend a little spinach in there…I promise you can’t taste it bc the banana and syrup sweetness mask it … just a small handful though


I hope this inspires you to try something new this week! 


Feel free to share your finished plates or smoothies on my Facebook at Kristine Zell QVC



by Nandog
on ‎03-27-2018 03:27 PM
Gonna share these with my daughter--she has a 2 year old little boy------these are great!!!!
by BetJ
on ‎03-28-2018 09:36 AM

Hi Kristine,


Thanks for sharing these yummy sounding recipes with us and your children are adorable!  You are one busy


lady and I hope you are enjoying your new job at QVC!   I love watching you!

by Karen Elene
on ‎01-05-2019 08:53 PM

Saw you tonight at Friendly’s in Pittsfield. Your children were very well behaved, not like the little boy behind us.