Are you working from home with your children also doing virtual learning full or part-time? Meal times can be tough trying to stay on track while juggling hungry kids of different ages and taste buds. Here are a few kid-friendly recipes that are meant to make your life easy and your kids satisfied throughout the day.
A healthy and fun to make breakfast is a smoothie. Smoothies are an easy choice for kids of all ages as they often can put their favorite fruits and veggies all in one. Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are tasty go-to’s. Trying to add more vegetables into your child’s diet without them complaining? Throw some spinach and carrots into the blender with the fruit and they won’t even notice! Make sure to add some ice, yogurt, or milk/milk alternative to add that creamier texture.
Ingredients: vanilla yogurt, milk or milk alternative, favorite fruits and veggies
Having prepared snacks is one of the best ways to keep you productive, but also your kids satisfied and full while you all are at home. Try to make up something they can open up the fridge, grab and sit down by themselves to enjoy. A great option to try are granola snackers. You can use apples, pears, or peaches for this dish. Carefully slice the fruit into smaller pieces, cover with yogurt or peanut butter and then top with nutritional granola. Place in the fridge on a plate, cover, and wait for snack time.
Ingredients: apple, pear, or peach slices, peanut butter or alternative, granola
Lunchtime goes quick, especially if you are having to feed several people all in a short amount of time. Like snacktime, it is best to have something already prepared for the kiddos. Hummus quesadillas are a healthy and dairy-free version of your typical quesadilla. These can be prepared beforehand and don’t require the use of the microwave. Simply take a tortilla, spread your favorite flavored hummus and then let your son or daughter pick out some toppings. Once they are finished, fold the tortilla over and place it in the fridge until it’s time to grub. Of course, you can always swap out the hummus for cheese if you want to enjoy a more traditional meal.
Ingredients: Any type of tortilla, hummus, favorite toppings
After a full day of work and school, it can be hard to muster up the energy to cook an extravagant dinner. But don’t worry, there are plenty of family recipes that taste great and don’t take hours of prep and cook time. A crowd-pleaser is fajitas! Another dish that everyone can make their own by adding different toppings, kids often love these. Depending on your preference, fajitas can be made with steak, chicken, or tofu and take only about 10 minutes to whip up.
Ingredients (just suggestions, make it your own): peppers, chicken, steak, onion, cheese, lettuce
Is it chilly outside and you need a heartier meal? No worries, try this yummy meal of lasagna cups. Everyone loves this traditional Italian meal, but with preparation and cook time, you and your family could be waiting for hours to eat after a long day. This mini option allows you to enjoy lasagna without the long wait time and also without all the unnecessary leftovers that often come from meals like this.
Ingredients: spinach and cheese ravioli, diced tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese
Cooking at home and all together may not seem like an easy task but with these recipes, you are sure to be the family favorite when it comes to mealtime. For exact instructions or more at-home cooking ideas, visit www.foodnetwork.com.