9 easy meals to whip up in the kitchen when you’re feeling tired

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Being a mum means you are constantly on the go, and Julie Durbhakula says she’s found herself too tired to whip up a meal on many occasions!

“I know it is a bit of a cliché but sometimes it really does feel like you are working 24 hours a day,” she says.

“You have little people that rely on your tending to their needs day and night, then there’s housework and for quite a few of us mums an outside job too – who on earth has energy to cook?!”

Thankfully, she’s shared with us 9 of her favourite easy to make meals from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Check them out here…

9 easy meals to whip up in the kitchen when you’re feeling tired

“I know I certainly have days when I just feel too tired to cook and previously these would have been the times I would reach for those takeaway menus or jump in the car and grab drive-thru,” says Julie.

“BUT it is possible to create healthy meals with very minimal effort, so when you are feeling too tired or just cant be bothered.

“Quick and easy dinners, definitely don’t have to be boring!”

Julie’s 9 easy meals to make when you’re tired:

1. Tuna Sushi Bowls


This meal is so quick and easy. A little tip is use the pre-packaged microwave rice packets to make it even quicker.

Check out this recipe here.

2. Curry Flavoured Noodles



Another meal that is ready in less than 10 minutes and very versatile with using whatever veggies you have available.

You can also find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

3. Rosemary and Lemon Chicken Tray Bake

Throw everything in a tray and then into the oven! It doesn’t get much easier than this!

You can find this recipe here.

4. Mexican Zuchinni Boats


Anything that takes less than 15 minutes is great in my opinion and when it tastes as good as this recipe does, you’re on to a winner.

This recipe is available for Challenge members and can be found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

5. The Asian Beef and Greens Stir fry

This meal is literally done in 10 minutes from start to finish and it is delicious!

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

6.Mexican Mince used as either tacos or nachos


I cook up a batch of the mince from the Mexican Lasagne recipe and use it for tacos or nachos, it only takes around 10 minutes for the mince to cook and then dinner is served!

You can get the recipe for the Mexican Lasagna here. 

7. Fish with Leek & Cannellini Bean Puree


Cannellini puree is super creamy and high in fibre so makes a great side dish for a healthy meal. You must try this one, so very tasty and quick to prepare.

This recipe is also available for Challenge members and can be found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

8 . Cheesy Rocket Scramble


Breakfast for dinner, yes its a thing! And you’ll have dinner on the table in a matter of minutes.

This recipe is also available on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

9. Porcupine Meatballs

porcupine meatballs

If I know its going to be a particularly hectic day, I pre-pare and have dinner in the slow cooker ready for when I get home and the Porcupine Meatballs are perfect for this.

You can find this recipe here. 

Julie’s 15kg weight loss story


This mum of two has lost 15kgs and is loving her fit and healthy lifestyle!

Being on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has not only helped Julie improve her physical health but she’s also more confident than ever!

Julie says, “I was once that girl that thought I could never really be happy with what I saw in the mirror and never in my wildest dreams did I think that would be possible after having two kids but here I am!

And wow, she certainly looks fantastic!

“I’ve lost 15kg thanks to The Healthy Mummy and I couldn’t be happier! I am fit and healthy and I like what I see!”

You’re amazing Julie, keep it up!

Looking for ways to boost your energy?


Our Challenge entails:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.

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