I have been joking lately that I should write a cookbook titled One-handed Recipes. And maybe I'm not really joking. Regardless, there is something to be said for recipes that can be thrown together while balancing a baby on a hip or shoulder. I know lots of parents can relate! Sure, Chance can be found strapped to my chest in our trusty baby carrier most of the time, which leaves me hands free, but it's not always practical - I often have to scoop him up from a nap or his play area while I'm in the middle of making dinner, and instead of dropping everything to put him in the baby carrier, I just keep going...one-handed. Mom skills, yo.
It's no surprise, then, that my go-to dinner of late is extremely simple, yet healthy and filling, and comes together in minutes as long as a couple of components are prepped ahead of time. I try to have a batch of brown rice cooked in the fridge at all times, as well as a jar of insanely delicious tahini sauce (which, by the way, CAN be made with a baby on the hip if needed). As for the veggies, I rely heavily on a convenient bag of kale/broccoli/brussel sprout mix, but Chance and I also enjoy going down to the garden to harvest tons of spinach, beet greens and swiss chard, which my green-thumbed husband has been lovingly growing for us.
This tahini sauce recipe is adapted from Meghan Telpher's Undiet Cookbook and is wonderful in wraps, as a veggie dip, in salads and in rice bowls.
Curried Tahini Sauce
Makes about 1 cup
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder
- 1 Tbsp capers
- 1/4 cup dill, parsley or cilantro
- water, as needed (I use 2 Tbsp)
Throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until completely smooth and creamy, adding water 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.
And now for the rice bowl....this isn't as much of a recipe as it is a dinner idea, but honestly, it's too good not to share!
Easy Veggie Rice Bowl
- A sh*t ton of fresh veggies
- Cooked brown rice
- Walnuts, coarsely chopped
- Curried tahini sauce, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a pan over med heat, sauté the veggies in olive oil for a couple of minutes. Add the rice + walnuts + tahini sauce and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through and well combined. Season with salt and pepper and voilà! You have yourself a hearty, nutritious, delicious meal.
How about you, mommies and daddies, what is one of your go-to meals that could *almost* be made one-handed?