It’s been a long day, laundry needed to get done, kids had to be taken to and from school, dog had to visit the vet, so many things one has to accomplish during the day yet now it is time to prepare dinner that your family will enjoy. It’s hard enough to come up with ideas that can be made with little time but when you throw in the child factor it can be a lot more tedious. Below are some easy and yummy meals that can be made in a time crunch that your children will have a hard time saying no to.
Idea Number One: Octopus Ocean
What you will need is, hot dogs, boxed macaroni and cheese, and blue food coloring! Cook macaroni and cheese as directed. Add blue food corloring to the finished meal. While the pasta is cooking, take the hot dogs and put in microwave until throughly cooked. Once cooked, take out and cut little slits up one side in eight spots so they appear to look like octopus legs. Put one hot dog ontop on a plate of blue mac and cheese. You can use ketchup or mustard to make two little eyes and a mouth on each hot dog! Serve with fresh brocolli as (sea kelp) and for a vitmain kick.
Idea Number Two: Build your own Naan pizza
Kids love eating what they have helped with. Try a fun pizza night but instead of using store bought pizza dough, buy prepackaged already baked naan bread from the deli. Naan has the texture and consisitency of pita bread and is just the right size for a personal pizza. Slice up different toppings like, different cheeses, meats and tons of fresh veggies and let your kids paint on the pizza sauce and add whatever they want. Pop them in the oven until golden brown and serve with a side salad.
Idea Number Three: Goldfish crusted chicken fingers.
Children love goldfish and children love chicken fingers so what could be better than mixing the two of them to make a tasty dinner. Using a large baggie and a rolling pin let your little one crush up two to three cups of goldfish crackers until they are in small pieces. Place white meat tenders in an egg wash and then roll in the goldfish. Bake in a 375 degree oven until brown and cooked through. Serve with potatos or your families favirote green. Tastes even better dipped in light ranch dressing!
Idea Number Four: Chicken salsa rollups
Cream cheese is usually a safe bet when it comes to kids. Using cream cheese and your favirote salsa make a spread for the inside of a large tortilla. Spinach ones work well for this dinner. Add cooked chicken and any fajita style veggies that you like. Roll all up and serve with extra salsa on the side. Put aside a good mexican rice and some refried or black beans this is sure to make any children excited for mexican food!
Getting your kids in the kitchen to help with dinner is not only helpful but a lot of fun and ensures that your little ones will be more apt to eat what they have prepared. With a little effort and some key children friendly ingredients you can make a sucessful dinner that they, as well as you will enjoy!