Post # 1
Life, it seems, has thrown me a bit of a curveball in the form of two awesome kids that are now staying part-time in our home.
Boyfriend or Best Friend has two children from another relationship I knew about but have just met, and it’s a story for another post. Despite not wanting children of my own, I am incredibly excited to have these new little people in my life.
What I need help with now is recipes. These kids can put away some food, and I’m not a fan of $60+ meal bills every night at restaurants.
I can cook, but I need some kid friendly recipes or even just ideas. The lower cost per serving, the better and they *do not need to be crazy healthy*
ETA: kids are under 13 🙂
Post # 3
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 # 4
@bellaluna290: Thank you 🙂 I have Pinterest but have not heard of SkinnyTaste 🙂
Post # 5
How old are they? Most kids like grilled cheeses, spaghetti, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, that kind of thing.
Post # 6
@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
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. http://www.ivillage.com/chicken-and-cheese-lasagna-roll-ups/3-r-60638
And these enchiladas are AMAZING.
Recipe | Easy and Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas
Post # 8
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
How old are the kids?
I saw a recipe on Pinterest the one time…here it is: http://bestfoodpins.com/archives/1720 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
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
- 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.
Post # 12
- 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
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.
Post # 14
Baked zucchini fries…omg these look so good.
Crispy Healthy Baked Zucchini Fries
Healthy macaroni and cheese (add cut up broccoli to enhance the healthiness):
BADABING BADABOOM where are you? How old are the kids?
Post # 15
@peachacid: Sorry girl! I added an ETA 🙂 They’re 13 and 10 🙂 Thank you so much, I’m printing them off now!
Post # 16
You guys are seriously the best!!
@MariContrary: oh my gosh, I think their dad might eat them all before they even got to to them!! YUM!
@beachbride1216: Sounds great and looks easy 🙂
@Birdee106: They told me they love enchiladas!!! And i’m pumped about those roll ups 🙂
@Nona99: I’m going to have to try my hand at home fries…I’ve never made them 🙂
@seabunny: @Bostongrl25: solidarity: We did tacos and grilled cheese, those will definitely be staples 🙂