Getting Kids to Eat Healthy
Are you a busy mom? Do you not have time to cook a three course meal every night? Well for the nights you’re exhausted and need a fast meal, try one of these! They are simple, healthy, easy and convenient meals for kids and they will love them!
Macaroni and Cheese with Hotdogs. Macaroni and Cheese is a very simple and easy meal, not to mention it’s also a speedy meal, but doesn’t always give kids all the nutrients they need alone. So what do you do to give them what they aren’t getting from it? Just add hotdogs! After the macaroni and cheese is done cooking, cut up your hot dogs and mix them into it. You could also serve them on the side. It will add color and flavor to your fast meal.
Manwich Sloppy Joes. Sure it’s a little messy but yummy and the kids will love it. Just brown the hamburger and add Manwich Sloppy Joe mix and poof! Didn’t you say you wanted a quick meal and easy meal? Add a vegetable and make a meal out of it. What do kids love more than making messes? Making messes that they can eat! Which do you like better a quick dinner or an easy dinner? Well, these ideas are ones where you can have both!
Hamburger and French Fries. Not sure about this one meal because it’s hard for kids to pick up and eat hamburgers? Make them mini burgers! Fry them up the size of a half dollar and serve with oven-baked French fries. They don’t need the bun; let them eat them as finger foods. Let them eat their own creation by giving them ketchup, mustard, and pickles to create their own designs on them. It’s always fun to eat something you’ve decorated! Especially when the fast meals are as easy as this!
Tuna Salad Sandwiches. Kids and parents both love these for a quick meal. Put tuna in a bowl with about 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise for each can of tuna, add a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish, and 2 cut up hardboiled eggs. Spread on a slice of bread and serve. If you want to kick it up a notch, fry them in a pan. Easy cooking and clean-up together in one, along with an easy meal and a fast meal. What could be better?
Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes. Heat up a can of sauerkraut and throw together some mashed potatoes, mix together and what could be a simpler meal? The mashed potatoes could even be instant, which makes this meal even faster! Add hot dogs and there’s your meat. There’s nothing better than to see the smile on your child’s face after watching them take a bite into something that they love. They won’t even know you have made this for a fast and convenient meal.
Spaghetti. Sounds hard? Spaghetti is always a simple and fast dinner. Brown some ground meat while boiling some noodles, and then throw the spaghetti sauce in. You could even throw a pre-made garlic bread loaf in the oven while doing this and it will be done by the time your noodles are.
check out my favorite resource for kid friendly meals. Here are some more ides: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup. Kids love cheese, how about this easy meal? Butter the outside of your two pieces of bread, put a piece of cheese on the inside, and throw it in the pan to fry. Put a can a chicken noodle soup on the stove to heat. Show them that they can dip their sandwich in the soup and make it a game out of it to see who eats the fastest. If they don’t like to dip their sandwiches give them crackers.
Remember a fast meal does not need to taste bad or even mediocre. Don’t skip supper tonight because you don’t have time to cook. Think of quick things to do with bread or pasta. Choose one of these seven fast meals to fill your kids’ tummies.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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