Family dinners tend to be challenging when children are involved. They tend to have strict preferences compared to adults, and you have to keep your meals interesting, delicious and healthy at the same time. Since you don’t always have time to cook something separate for every generation, here are some ideas that will save you some time and effort!
Vegetables Pasta with ground Chicken
Why vegetables pasta, you may ask? It’s simple: they are naturally colorful and bright and they can easily find a place on your child’s list of favorite foods. Besides, they will get some vitamins and minerals without having to convince them to eat their veggies.
Even those children who don’t particularly like meat easily accept ground chicken; it blends really well with the pasta and it is easier to cook, since you don’t have to spend time cutting it.
Your children are in the mood for Pizza, but you don’t want to order or spend too much time making the dough? Use whole grain bread!
It’s quick and easy; use toasted slices of bread and add the toppings you would add on their favorite pizza. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes (or a bit more, depending on the topping) and serve with fresh tomato sauce. Your entire family will love it!
Crunchy baked potatoes
I don’t know many children who don’t love potatoes. Cut your potatoes into finger-sized pieces, boil them until tender (but still a bit hard inside) then place them on a baking tray. Smash them with a cup, sprinkle some grated parmesan, olive oil and spices and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. They are quick, healthy, crunchy and delicious. You can also make a healthy dipping sauce to serve together or you can use them as a side dish for your protein.
Chicken Schnitzel on a Stick
First of all, make sure you use sticks that are appropriate for your child’s age; there are special ones that don’t have a sharp end.
This meal requires 30 minutes or less of preparation, it is healthy and fulfilling and it will be very fun for your children to eat their food from a stick. If you want to take it a step further, you can add some veggies on top, as they might be more willing to eat roasted vegetables instead of fresh ones.