Sometimes we are busy and need to make something quick. Unfortunately sometimes our kids don’t want to eat what we make and it ends up taking longer anyway. Here are a few ideas to help encourage your kids to eat.
The go to food for something quick that you always have in the pantry. It isn’t the most nutritious food though. You can make it a little more healthy and substantial by beating an egg to the boiling water before you add the noodles. If you want to make it healthier still (though your kids might not like it as much) you can add a handful of thawed frozen vegetables.
When my kids were young they did not like Manwich but my husband did. What to do? I started making the sauce more kid friendly and my husband never noticed the difference. Manwich is basically BBQ sauce without the vinegar, so add the type of things you would if you were making BBQ, no vinegar though. I just add approximately
¼ cup brown sugar,
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 teaspoons of mustard.
If you want to make it more like a cheeseburger add about a ½ cup of cheese, more if you want it really cheesy and about 2 tablespoons of pickle relish. For a more adult version you can brown the meat with onions.
Some brands are too expensive and others are just too acidic but you get them anyway because of the convenience. There is a simple fix. If you buy a store brand you can fix it up with as little or as much effort as you are willing to put in. Don’t worry about exact measurements, add more or less based upon your families preferences.
A fun serving idea is to make them less messy is to put them on hot dog buns. Then put a squirt of canned cheese over the top.
If you have it you can use Italian seasoning and put all the herbs in at once. If not add any or all of the following.
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried marjoram
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried sage
¼ cup of sugar
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup olives
ground beef or pork, browned with any or all of the following .
½ a medium onion
‘1/4 any color bell pepper
1 clove or 1 teaspoon garlic
½ cup mushrooms,
Need a quick meal and have nothing in the fridge but some leftover chicken from two nights ago? Just prepare those packaged chicken or alfrado noodles as directed, cut the chicken meat off the bones and add it to prepared noodles and heat. If you want to really make it a complete meal add a can of peas.
Macaroni and Cheese
Add a slices of sliced cheese or grated/cubed cheddar or cheese to the powdered cheese. You can even try a little sharp or cream cheese for variety. This may seems obvious, but I once knew a woman that threw out 1/3 of a box of macaroni so that it would be cheesier. Even though you aren’t going to bake it you can still add cracker crumbs to the pan or the individual servings.
Looking to make an after school snack a bit more special. Add some fresh or frozen fruit to your mix. Top it with a crumble:
-1/2 c. flour
-1/2 c. packed brown sugar
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-3 tbsp. butter
-1/2 c. chopped pecans (opt.)
-Sprinkle it over the muffins and bake.
If you don’t have time for that, you can also just sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon or pecans over the top of the unbaked muffins.
On top of that, or not, you can add a glaze of powdered sugar and water. Make sure to add the water a table spoon at a time as it can get watery very quickly.
Cut them apart and throw them in the oven easy. It is just as easy to personalize them. Slice them up and then sprinkle them with your favorite flavor or dip one side in for heavier coverage. If you put anything sugary on the bottom it is likely to burn. If you’re really feeling adventurous, roll them into balls. I have not tried all of these but the concept is the same just think of donut toppings and check them often.
Cinnamon and Sugar, like snickerdoodles
Cocoa and powdered sugar
Chocolate drink mix
Your favorite instant coffee mix