7 Quick & Healthy Recipes for Busy People -- Juggling With JuliaIf ‘busy’  is a disease, then I’ve got it bad. I try not to overload our lives. (Really, I do.) But it seems that the minute I push one low priority ‘thing’ to the curb, another more obviously important priority shows up at the door. With luggage.

I know you get it. We’re ALL busy! We’re working hard out of the home, at home, and we’re driving all over creation, all the time. It’s soccer and track practice, that fundraising event, then theater rehearsal, and don’t forget book club and the dentist/allergist/chiropractor.

At least I don’t have CCD to contend with. Do you know how many times I’ve said, “Thank God we don’t have to go to CCD.”  Thank. God. Do you think He minds that I’ve invoked irony in His name?

Anyway, this dastardly busy-ness is what’s inspired today’s post. National Nutrition Month is nearly over, and while I’d really love to share a delish new dish from my kitchen, I’ve just not had time to experiment. But what I CAN give you are 7 Quick and Healthy Recipes for Busy People. (Pssst. That’s us). These dishes have saved my butt time and time again. They’re easy to pull together, full of the nutrition you want your family to have, and include some of my favorite ingredients.

Maybe one of these will help you with your busy-ness! Good luck, friends, and let me know if you try one of these!


Chicken Sausage and Barley Soup with Spinach
Quick-cooking barley and fully cooked chicken sausages make this a snap to make on a busy weeknight.
Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Barley Soup -- Juggling With Julia
Frittatas are one of man’s greatest inventions. Similar to a crust-less quiche, you start it on the stove top and finish it under the broiler. Unlike a traditional quiche, however, it takes less than 20 minutes to make! You can add literally whatever you like. Some of my favorites include red pepper, mushroom, spinach, and onion. A little sprinkle of cheese is always a nice finish.
Swiss Chard and Onion Frittata -- Juggling With Julia

Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls in Easy Beer-Cheese Sauce
Using frozen brown rice (like Trader Joe’s) and leftover cooked chicken makes this super easy to throw together in well under 30 minutes. For a warm bowl of delicious happiness? That’s not long to wait :)

Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls with Easy Beer-Cheese Sauce - Juggling With Julia
Barbecued Pulled Pork with Mango and Feta
The crockpot saves you here. All it takes is a few minutes prepping the meat the morning of, or the night before. By the time you screech to a stop at dinner time, there is an incredibly tasty pulled pork ready to be layered with whatever you like. We love the combo of sweet mango with salty feta. Peaches or nectarines would be great as well.

BBQ Pulled Pork with Mango and Feta
Chicken Tortellini and Spinach Soup
This is the type of soup that requires only a decently stocked pantry. It uses dry tortellini, chicken broth, already-cooked chicken, and a little bit of fresh spinach. I’ve clocked this in at 30 minutes TOTAL, and that’s including prep and cooking time. Eat it as fast or slow as you like. That’s on you :)

Chicken Tortellini and Spinach Soup -- Juggling With Julia
Hearty Beef and Barley Soup
Another crockpot keeper! If you’re not on the barley bandwagon, I suggest you climb aboard. A whole grain packed with iron, fiber, and protein, it’s got a great nutty taste and chewy texture.  It’s a great compliment to the thick broth and beef. Just brown up your meat, toss it all in the crock, and you’re good to go ’til supper time!
Hearty Beef and Barley Soup II -- Juggling With JuliaBreakfast Nachos
Breakfast-for-dinner is a long-standing tradition here. Get your favorite tortilla chips (mine are the sweet potato kind), pile on the eggs, black beans, avocado, salsa, and shredded cheddar, and you are chowing down on the best and most fun supper ever. Filling and protein-packed and only requires a quick turn at the stove to scramble the eggs. Share ‘em if you like, but you don’t have to :)
Breakfast Nachos -- Juggling With Julia


Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

by Julia Robarts on March 22, 2015

in Breads/Quick Breads

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread -- Juggling With Julia

So excited to share this easy, yummy Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe with you today! I’ve made it twice in the past week (once with raisins, once without). It’s a fantastic recipe that requires no special talents and appears hard to foul up. That’s the hallmark of a great recipe, if you ask me :)

Where do great recipes come from? More often than not, it’s handed down to you from your grandmother, or your best friend, or is a favorite from that cool celebrity chef you love.

Sometimes, though, you find a great recipe tucked away in your little girl’s backpack.

When I pulled out that recipe (on St. Patrick’s Day, no less) and realized I didn’t have anyplace to be for the next hour (luck o’ the Irish, must’ve been), I decided it was time to give it a go.

Naturally, because I can never leave well enough alone, I took a couple of twists on the original recipe, which came from Georgia’s teacher. I used non-fat milk, and replaced half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. And, because I don’t know the lyrics or the tune, I skipped the instructions that said, ‘For the best results, sing “Danny Boy” while you stir the batter.”

I love a teacher with a good sense of humor!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread
Serves 10

Prep time: 15 minutes     Cook time: 40-50 minutes

2 cups nonfat milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons butter, cut into very small pieces
1 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9″ cake pan with spray oil.

Add vinegar to milk. Stir, then set aside.

Sift all dry ingredients (flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder) into a large mixing bowl. Add the pieces of butter (and raisins if you are including them) and stir. Add the milk/vinegar mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir gently just until all dry ingredients are moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Best served warm, or warmed up.




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Coconut Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl

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Coconut Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl - Juggling With Julia

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National Registered Dietitian Day 2015 -- Juggling With Julia

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Quinoa Breakfast Bars

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Quinoa Breakfast Bars -- Juggling With Julia

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Winter Kale and Sausage Soup

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Winter Kale and Sausage Soup - Juggling With Julia

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Barbecue Rubbed Salmon

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Barbecue Rubbed Salmon -- Juggling With Julia

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Zesty Snack Mix with a Kick

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Zesty Snack Mix with a Kick -- Juggling With Julia

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Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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