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Quick Flavorful Kid-friendly Food Ideas?

post #1 of 13
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Anyone care to share some of their quick food ideas that kids will love? Has anyone tried Kraft Easy Mac cups? It has the great taste of Mac 'n Cheese without using the stove.
post #2 of 13
And this is good? :eek:

How are you going to get kids to eat properly if you feed them junk like that, and don't show them that cooking is a valid activity?
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post #3 of 13
Feed your kids what you eat and they'll eat it too. They see as normal what you teach them is normal. Sure my kids like nuggets, hamburgers, pizza. I like fried chicken, burgers and 'za too. But they love brocolli, spinach, carrots, soup, stir fries, grown-up pasta, dumplings, stews, roasts, and more.
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post #4 of 13
Sandwiches :D
post #5 of 13
Maybe it's because we raise so much of our own food, and wasting food is a cardinal sin in our family, but our kids have always eaten what we eat. No pickiness allowed. If you don't like it, maybe you'll like breakfast better. I firmly believe that trying to give kids special stuff that "they'll like" is the surest path to picky eaters. We now have grown and nearly grown kids who are adventurous eaters, unafraid to try new foods, and able to sit down and enjoy almost any meal anywhere. (as long as it doesn't contain Miracle Whip, non dairy topping or ersatz cheese :))
post #6 of 13
Getting back to the original question.... :)

Try using low fat mince meatballs (beef, turkey, chicken, lean pork) with grated fresh vegies inside, spray with oil, bake 'em in the oven. Serve on top of a salad or inside a tortilla wrap with some greek style yoghurt, or if the weather's cold, toss in with some pasta mixed with passata. Takes very little time and saves a bundle on ready made. Or just a simple pasta with passata and grated cheese. Takes 15 minutes tops.

Or pita pocket base pizzas, let them toss their own together out of a choice of ingredients. Halved cherry tomatoes, low fat cheddar cheese, sliced olives, lean ham dice, pineapple - whatever you like to cook with. Get them interested in cooking.

Make your own sausage rolls - kids can get as messy as they like adding herbs and spices, then mixing it all up, add grated veg to a low fat sausage meat, tomato sauce. Use ready made puff pastry, or several layers of filo sprayed with canola oil, instead of brushed with melted butter. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and pretend they are dead ants lol. Make muffins from left over mashed spuds, bit of oil, some cheese, couple eggs (lots of recipes online), buttermilk. Great served warm with a hearty soup. Some tinned soups even are good if you avoid the high salt/ high sugar/ high fat ones.

Smoothies are great - use whatever soft fruits you have in season, chop, toss in blender with greek yoghurt or low fat custard/icecream, bit of vanilla extract, some honey. Yum!

Soups are great too - helps you get rid of any excess veg/ leftover veg(it helps if you puree them in blender), and any fruit on a stick that, again - they can choose to put together themselves - is always a favourite (as long as they're old enough not to skewer themselves). If too young, let them choose and put it in a bowl for them.

I really don't like pre-packaged food when kids are young. They need to appreciate the joy of food and cooking, but there are times when you've got to take short cuts, i.e. time and budget, and exhausted parents. Freeze ahead what you can when you can, make big freezable batches of food and bag them up for those busy/lean times.
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post #7 of 13
I was raised on Kraft mac & cheese.
I also like to try new things on the market, even if it's just once.
Because of that I can tell you that easy mac tastes very different from the classic.
And not in a good way.
I was at the mall today and noticed that BK is offering kraft mac & cheese as an option.
It has to be easy mac.
Ugh.
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post #8 of 13
If you like 500 mil.sodium, Mono sodium glutimate, yellow #5 malto dexrim, modified food starch. whey powder then you will love the instant micro mac and cheese:eek::crazy:
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post #9 of 13
poor Penpen, at least someone was helpful. Personally I left kraft mac and cheese behind as a kid, I don't even like homemade mac n cheese.

Now, what i do like and my kids liked was an easy ham and cheese, potato casserole. boil some potatoes, as many or as few as you like. undercook them just a bit, cut into reasonably thick slice and line the bottom of a pyrex dish. then add some cubed ham, shred some yummy sharp cheese salt and pepper. make at least two layers (I try to make 4 for a big dinner). add a little milk, pop in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or just until the cheese on top is nice and browned. the potatoes should have cooked through by this time. serve.

The quickest meal my boys liked was tomatoes sliced nice and thick with fresh sliced mozarella and some fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper, very slight drizzle of olive oil. can either pick em up and eat like little pizzas or serve on a small plate with knife and fork. My youngest gave up his "favorite" sandwich for this. course his "fav" was a cheese and mustard sandwich.

chili cheese fries are also fun fast and yummy.
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post #10 of 13
my kids loved what they could pick up with their hands, like string beans and broccoli. They liked anythinhg fried of course, and i made all kinds of croquettes. Cheap and good. You make extra when you make risotto or mashed potatoes, add an egg, some flour (a tbsp or two) if it;s too liquidy, a couple of handfuls of parmigiano, and then if you like grated onion. Make into balls, roll in flour, egg, then breadcrumbs, and fry. If you make them as patties it's even quicker.

I'd also make "green soup" a couple of times a week at least. Any minestrone (minus the pasta, but rice works well) or vegetable soup (even just throw spinach, zucchine, onion, potato, carrots, celery, peas or any combination of the above into a pot, boil till very tender, then blend - if you use a blender, it should cool first or you'll spatter hot soup around. or use an immersion blender - the best investment i made when the kids were small). If you cook rice in the soup, it will make it nice and thick when blended. They wouldn;t eat the same soup unblended.

Pasta with zucchine, pasta with cauliflower or broccoli, risotto of any kind (they're not fussy, you don;t have to fuss over it, just do a home style risotto, fry some onion and any vegetable - cauliflower is great in this, just cut it into small flowerettes - or small pieces of zucchine, or just onion and when you add the rice add frozen peas) and sautee slowly till the vegetable starts to get soft. Add rice, sautee a little, stirring, then add liquid - water or broth - and cook till rice is done, stirring occasionally.

For little kids, try funny-face salad. Grate carrots, cut up lettuce, slice some tomatoes, cucumbers, celery - and put together funny faces on each dish - orange or green for face and the other for hair, tomato or cucumber eyes and ears, celery eyebrows, half a tomato mouth, etc. Some oil and salt on top.

Mashed potatoes (it's really easy to make from scratch, you'd be surprised) or potato salad (boil potatoes, sprinkle with a little vinegar, cool, add celery, onion (if they like it) and capers or pickles, hard boiled eggs, and good mayonnaise)

Try this easy baked macaroni and cheese: mix ricotta, parmigiano, and a few cheeses grated coarsely or cut up (even stuff like cheddar and muenster), an egg, and then mix with pasta that's slightly undercooked. Put in oven and bake till crusty on top.

These are just a few of the things my kids and their friends were glad to eat.

Oh, and everyone likes breaded fried cutlets (they don;t have to be veal, can use thinly sliced beef, chicken or turkey)

Kids like raw vegetable sticks with dips - even cream cheese based stuff, just mix in a little herbs or bleu cheese, or whatever strikes your fancy.
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post #11 of 13
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Maybe it's because we raise so much of our own food, and wasting food is a cardinal sin in our family, but our kids have always eaten what we eat. No pickiness allowed. If you don't like it, maybe you'll like breakfast better. I firmly believe that trying to give kids special stuff that "they'll like" is the surest path to picky eaters. We now have grown and nearly grown kids who are adventurous eaters, unafraid to try new foods, and able to sit down and enjoy almost any meal anywhere. (as long as it doesn't contain Miracle Whip, non dairy topping or ersatz cheese :))


I just shared this post in facebook. I remembered it from four years ago :)

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I just shared this post in facebook. I remembered it from four years ago :)

My Mother always ahd two choices for every meal; eat it or don't eat it, your choice!

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post #13 of 13

Haha , i remember fake puking to get out of eating zuchini when i was a kid. 

Then i ate it for the first time when i was 16 <_<

Never stopped after that. 

 

But if my mother makes zuchini i still wont eat it XD 

 

But thanks to the eat it or dont eat it option , i became a less fussy eater

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