Peanut-Sesame Noodle Meal Prep Bowls- And Life As A Work At Home Parent

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Have I ever told you that I am pressed for time?  I have a very unique working situation.  Not only am I the primary care-giver of my three boys, ages 5, 3 and 5 months, but I also run this website as a business in my spare time.   And that’s the thing.  As my family grows, and as my older kids get involved in more activities, my spare time has become increasingly scarce.

My friends who work full- time think I am a stay-at-home parent who likes to spend my days on social media ( running a website as a business is still a new phenomenon.  Not everyone “get’s it”).  My friends who stay-at-home must wonder why my house is always messy, or why I always seem to be so busy.

In order to do both of these things that I love dearly, time management has become vital in my world.   So, it’s a little ironic, that, as a recipe website owner I have turned to meal-prepping so I don’t have to cook during the week.  ( a little funny if you ask me.)

So take a look at this diagram.   I am not really sure where I belong.  But I guess you could call me a working mother who doesn’t have child-care.  🙂

Because I am always pressed for time.  I hardly ever watch television, and I always spend my days listening to podcasts instead.

I had a fantastic time listening to Mom’s Mean Business Podcasts.  They tell stories about the different challenges and situations working moms face.   When I meet someone for the first time, I love hearing about their career paths, and how/why they ended up in certain fields of work.   It is is so interesting to me.  Although, I have strangers stare at me blankly, when I try to explain to them what I do for a living.  🙂

My favorite podcast in this series  was a podcast called ” Where are the women?”  The host, Emma Johnson, interviews her old friend who has been on all sides of the working spectrum.  A stay- at home-parent, to a work-at-home parent, to the primary bread-winner, to a successful business owner.   Her journey and her ongoing changing income-earning partnership with her husband really reminded me of the partnership I have with my husband.

As my business grows, he has become more flexible for our family.   He get’s home from his job as an accounting manager and helps with the kids so I can get work done.  He also is good about being flexible when I have blogging outings- in which I have to leave town for a few days at a time.

Being a busy parent isn’t easy.  Especially, because there are so many of us who are being pulled in a hundred different directions, while we are also trying to do everything “right” at the same time.

Here are some ways I ” Manage my time” while I am trying to be a good mom and run this website.

  1.  I involve my kids with what I am doing!–  I usually do all my computer work when my kids are napping or at school and at night.   I hate being on the computer, when I can play with those little guys!  But I love cooking with them!  They are very involved with me when I am cooking and photographing a recipe- and they have quite the pallets for preschool aged boys! who knows.  Maybe one of them will want to go into blogging or social media. 
  2. I wake up early- I have been known to set my alarm at 5:00 Am to meet deadlines.  That gives me 2 hours of working time before my kids get up.  It is peaceful too.  Plus, then I get to drink lots of hot coffee before they wake up.
  3. I meal plan- I LOVE keeping healthy foods in the freezer and making healthy lunches and dinners in advance- when I know we’re going to be busy.   This means less cooking and less dishes during the week- when things get hectic.

I prepped these Peanut-Sesame Noodle Meal Prep Bowls on a Sunday afternoon.  My husband and I enjoyed them for lunch all week long!

These Peanut- Sesame Noodle Meal-Prep Bowls are just delicious.  They are colorful, filled with veggies and filled with flavor.  I threw this dish together last Sunday, and my husband and I each enjoyed a few noodle bowls each for lunches.

I love meal prepping.  I really looked forward to lunch each day.  This was so much more enjoyable than eating my son’s leftover sandwich for lunch.  Or a handful of popcorn.  Or coffee. 🙂

Peanut- Sesame Noodle Meal Prep Bowls – ( Makes 6-8 bowls, depending on how big you want them to be.) 

Ingredients 

1 container of spaghetti noodles – you can use rice noodles too

1 lbs of boneless chicken breast

1 carrots- shredded

1/2 cup of shredded purple cabbage

1/2 cup of of sugar snap peas

4-5 mini sweet peppers- cut

2 green onions- chopped

1 lime

1/3 cup of peanuts

1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Peanut-Sesame Sauce 

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 cloves of garlic- minced

1/3 cup of water

Method: Cook the spaghetti noodles until they are el dente.  cut all the vegetables and leave them raw. Mix the vegetables with the noodles.   Cut the chicken in to once inch pieces and cook.  Mix the chicken with the pasta.   Prepare sauce.  In a saucepan 0r in a microwave safe bowl, mix all the ingredients and heat up until it forms a sauce.   Pour the sauce over the pasta salad.  distribute into meal prep bowls of your choosing and add sprinkle peanuts over the noodles. Sprinkle sesame seeds.   Add  lime slice in each bowl.  You will want to squirt lime juice over the noodles before you eat them.  These can be enjoyed cold or warmed up.

These bowls are wonderful.   Meal prepping really has helped me become more efficient.   You can get many more tips on how to balance work and family life when you listen to Mom’s Mean Business Podcasts.  

I also love the podcast ” Mom-Friendly Workplaces”, and it tells a story about a women who started her own breast milk transport business!”  I love hearing about women becoming innovative and paying attention to business opportunities.   This whole series was such an inspiration!  Especially since my husband just mentioned to me the other day, that maybe we would look into some child-care options as this website grows.

Check out the Mom’s Mean Business Podcasts  from BBVA Compass.  You will be so happy that you did!  If you check out the website, you will also find a free ebook on mom guilt.