Help Out A New Semi-Stepmom: Recipes, Please!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Skinnytaste has amazing recipes that are kid friendly. The bonus is that they are healthy and easy to make. If you don’t have a pinterest already, I would get one because there are oodles of recipes there.

Post # 5
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

How old are they? Most kids like grilled cheeses, spaghetti, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, that kind of thing. 

Post # 6
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@badabing88:  I was a big fan of things that we cooked as a family that were fun to eat, tacos, fajitas, stir fry, baked chicken strips, and home fries, my stepkids developed an unhealthy addiction to certain items I cooked because it was such a departure from what they ate at home all the time….

But for me, the focus was on eating together as a family and connecting in the process…I always kept apples, pears and bananas around in a bowl for them to snack on, peanut butter and jelly was always on hand and they were really weird about cereal…always wanted to eat a bowl at the weirdest times.

Post # 7
3237 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Chicken tacos are super easy and cheap. Chicken breasts, salsa and taco seasoning in the crockpot for 4-6 hours and shred. It’s delicious!

I also make these chicken lasagna rollups. They are so good! I put sauce inside the rollups too though.

And these enchiladas are AMAZING.

Post # 8
3948 posts
Honey bee

How old are the kids? My parents never cooked special “kid” meals, we always just ate whatever my mom was cooking. But some favorites were:

  • Pizza night, with different toppings
  • american chop suey
  • Mac & cheese
  • breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausages)
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • baked chicken fingers, oveb baked potato wedges

Post # 9
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

How old are the kids?  

I saw a recipe on Pinterest the one time…here it is:  It’s a parmesan encrusted baked chicken dish that sounded AMAZING.

I’d also experiment with making vegetables taste good, but that really depends on the ages of the kids.  

Post # 10
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I cook for my immediate family of 6 a lot and just try to keep it simple… fajitas and tacos are great for picky people. Lasagna, chicken pan pie you can make ahead of time. Sometimes I cook a pork shoulder in about 2 inches of white vinegar in the crock pot for 8 hours and its freakin delicious everytime.

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@badabing88:  If they are only with you a few nights a week, try to find out what they like (other than pizza, hot dogs, and burgers.)  Otherwise, I always tried to serve something simple and easy to throw together.  A side salad (even if it’s pre-made from a bag), a side of green or other non-starchy veggies, a side of grains or slice of bread, and a protein (chicken breast or pork chop.)

If they are going to be regular members of your household for a little while, get them involved in meal planning and prep.  Most younger kids love to help out in the kitchen.    I would ask my stepdaughter what foods she liked that her mom made and then make suggestions of things I liked to eat/make.  We would also go online for recipes. Then we would put together a shopping list and go shopping together.  She only ate like three vegetables so I would make sure to have them available at all times, even though I regularly served her new things to try (if she tried it three times and still didn’t like it, then I wouldn’t make it again for a while.)

Remember, kids eat smaller portions and may not clean their plate.  It’s okay.  Make sure that when they’re eating, they are choosing healthier options by making sure to have their favorites available and ready to eat (i.e. single servings of chopped up apples, abby carrots, and watermelon in tupperware or plastic bags.)  As long as 50% of what they eat is good for them, they will turn out okay.  Smile

Post # 12
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Easy Cheesy Chicken

Chicken Breasts (1 breast per adult, 1/2 breast per child)

Can of Rotel (substitute chopped tomatoes if they don’t like spicy food)

1-2 cups of shredded cheddar

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place chicken breasts in glass baking pan (9×13 or larger).

3. Pour Rotel (or canned tomatoes) over the top of the chicken.

4. Cover and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (check to make sure done; may require additional time if making more chicken breasts)

5. Uncover and sprinkle chicken breasts with cheddar cheese.  Re-cover dish and allow cheese to melt in oven.

6. Serve over brown rice (I use instant because it’s fast and easy) with a side of green beans or broccoli (or other green, non-starchy vegetable.)

Post # 13
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For the record, these cookies are HORRIBLE for you.  But I brought in 4 dozen to work and they were gone by 10am.  Keep this one in your back pocket for bribery purposes:

White chocolate chip cranberry-orange cookies

It doesn’t say to do so in the recipe, but I used a tablespoon scoop instead of an ice cream scoop and that made 7 dozen cookies.  Also, once the cookies were shaped and put on the baking sheet, I threw them in the freezer for 5 minutes and then put it straight into the oven.

4 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup Crisco shortening
1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. of vanilla extract
Zest of 3 large oranges
2 cups white chocolate chips
1.5 cups dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Sift together dry ingredients.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter, Crisco, and sugars
4. Stir in eggs and dry ingredients alternating one and then the other.
5. Add vanilla and orange zest
6. Stir in white chocolate, cranberries and walnuts.
7. Using an ice cream scoop, drop dough on to an ungreased cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake 14 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Makes 4 dozen giant cookies or 7 dozen reasonably sized cookies.

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