How Can I Make Quick and Easy Meals for Kids?

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Answered by: Melanie, An Expert in the Cooking for Kids - General Category
Often times as parents we find that meal preparation time is slim to nothing. If you are a single parent who is trying to do the work of two with more than one child, cooking and feeding your family can feel like an insurmountable task. As a parent you may then have asked the question "how can I make quick and easy meals for kids?" In the following article we will share a couple tips that will help you save time and money in the kitchen and always ensure that your children are well fed and happy.

Buy kid friends meats

Chicken can be made in so many ways that are both quick and easy for kids. One way is you can bake it in the oven with home style fries or scalloped potatoes,. While this may not be one of the quickest methods for cooking, it is one of the easiest as once the preparation is done, the oven does the rest. Frying is quick and easy and most kids love it but for those who are health conscious, this may not be a suitable choice. You can also buy chicken in pre-packaged and ready made states like chicken nuggets, chicken burgers, stuffed chicken cutlets and more. Whipping up some rice or noodle and sauce side dishes also make for quick meals that most children enjoy. There are options for most meats to grab pre-packaged and while some say that they are less healthy for you, I tend to disagree depending on the meat and cut.

Keep it Simple

Kids love simple but tasty foods. They don't care that you put in 12 different spices and used organize sparkling water to boil the potatoes. I have still yet to meet a kid who doesn't like macaroni and cheese alongside a hot dog or piece of chicken. Many times when I do not know what to cook, I merely ask my children what they want. My children love egg and cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pancakes and sausages, and corn dogs and perogies. All of these are simple and take hardly any time to whip up at all. Throw in some frozen veggies or even some canned ones if you don't have time to make a fresh salad and you will have a complete meal.

Quick and easy meals for kids do not have to be something that has you sweating over. If you want to jazz things up, you could try being creative with pieces of fruit. I saw a recipe once that had one making animal shapes with fruit. For those who are talented that way, doing something like that would also put a little fun into your meal giving you time to bond with your children. May kids get into phases where they love eating the same meals over and over. and while this may seem distasteful to us, the phase is soon over and new food adventures can begin. The internet is full of both lessons and recipes for sharing with your kids, so go out and just enjoy spending time cooking and eating with your family.

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