Dinnertime can be super lame-o when you have small kids in the house. It’s that time of day when the little ones are tired, starving, grumpy, and, for my 1 year old, just want to be held. Which makes preparing an actual meal (!!!) all the more challenging. That’s when you open the pantry and plop down cereal or oatmeal, or go to the fridge and hand out a yogurt or yet another mac’n’cheese leftover.

Then I got a steamer basket and almost had a heart attack! You know, those wooden bamboo baskets that you find in almost any Asian grocery store (or on Amazon Prime–woot woot!). Now I can make a meal in 10 minutes that my kids will actually eat. And it tastes pretty good to me and the hubby, too. It’s awesome. My weekly go-to fare with the steamer basket has been flavored chicken breasts on the bottom basket level (do what you like: lemon, rosemary, salt and pepper is one good option; another is mint and tahini with garlic), whatever veges you have on hand and you think your kids will eat on the top basket, then pop the covered steamer on the wok that is filled with boiling water, let it go for roughly ten minutes and then voila! Dinner. You could do it with fish, tofu, etc. It’s a miracle worker for us moms. Or anyone.

Steamed chicken and broccoli with roasted red pepper puree: 10 minute meal cool!

Steamed chicken and broccoli with roasted red pepper puree: 10 minute meal cool!

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