Great Dinner Ideas for Kids
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According to the Oxford Journals, a 2002 study called "Children's Eating Habits and Behavior" concluded that parents are eating healthier than their children. The study concluded that parents should have more control over what their children eat. But how can parents get their kids to be excited about dinner?
Here are some dinner ideas for meals that are both healthy and popular with kids.
Kids love anything cooked with cheese. But instead of macaroni and cheese, try chicken enchiladas. Made with diced chicken, cream of mushroom soup, chopped green chillies, taco seasoning, and chopped spring onion, the three cups of melted cheddar cheese make enchiladas a family favourite.
Pizzas have instant appeal for kids. The advantage of a homemade pizza is that it can become a complete healthy meal in itself. Top it with lots of diced chicken or ham, lean minced meat, sweet peppers, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and finish with both cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Oven BBQ Chicken
Kids love barbecued food, even if it is cooked in the oven. Partially cook the chicken in water first, then place in a pan, coat with lots of sauce, salt and pepper and place covered in the oven. Serve it with fresh vegetables.
Instead of the usual, give them grilled sandwiches on whole grain bread filled with lots of ham, cheese, sliced tomatoes and whatever else you want. Serve with baked potatoes.
Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad
Recipes for your kid's favourite fast food may be available online. Make it at home, adding healthy ingredients without changing the flavour. Make the popular Chick-Fil-A chicken salad with diced celery, sweet pickle relish, chopped boiled egg and mayonnaise; serve on grilled slices of Texas toast.
Kids love pasta. Spaghetti and meatballs are a natural. A macaroni casserole can easily become a favourite. To make the casserole a healthy entrée, boil some chicken in water, then cook the macaroni in the chicken stock, adding the chicken meat, cream of mushroom soup and whatever vegetables they love.
- Spaghetti and meatballs are a natural.
- A macaroni casserole can easily become a favourite.
Brian Burhoe has been writing professionally since 1971. His stories have appeared in "World of If Magazine," "Fantastic Stories" and "Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year." He cooks in Atlantic Coast restaurants and he is a graduate of the Holland College Culinary Course and holds a Canadian Culinary Federation chef's certificate.