Last week I had my son's two children with me (4 years and 19 months old) while they moved
from 3 hours away to within 25 minutes of me. Woohoo! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that they are going to be close enough to get to see often. Makes me one very happy Granna!
My last blog a couple of weeks ago was about feeding the grandchildren, so I thought I would
give you a few more child-friendly recipes. The first two are Crescent Dogs and Honey Mustard Sauce.
I thought I might be able to get the 4 year old to eat better if she named the recipe. I told her they were called Pigs in a Blanket but we were going to give them our own special name. Well, she died laughing over the name, and after trying out many new
names, she finally suggested and stuck with Kitties in a Blanket. Then we played the game of eating their eyes and mouth, their whiskers, their toes, their paws, their tails, and every other body part we could think of until they were gone...with lots of giggles
in between. Both kids ate the entire thing, so when that happens, I give it 5 stars!
Another kid-friendly dish was Super
Easy Chicken Fingers. I made the fingers into nuggets, added a few extra spices and some parmesan cheese, and upped the oven temp to 425 degrees. I would definitely make these again. I also made Mouse's
Macaroni and Cheese and was told I made the best mac and cheese! Quite a compliment from a 4 year old! (I must admit, though. It tasted too processed for me. Way too processed.)
A couple of days later, I decided to warm up the left-over mac and cheese for lunch. It
looked like glue, so I put it in a skillet over warm heat and added a good bit of milk. I stirred and added milk as it heated up. I actually liked it better as the extra milk seemed to decrease that processed taste.
Another night I fixed Simple
Salisbury Steak, green beans, and rice. This meal was a toss up. The toddler loved the green beans and steak but wouldn't touch the rice. The 4 year old liked the rice best and only took bites of the other.
Another meal I had high hopes for was Campbell's
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Dumplings. As I was preparing it, the 4 year old asked if she could have some baby carrots. I put some in a small bowl, not really expecting her to eat them, and she came back for a refill! Eureka! Good, healthy snack. Personally,
I don't think it matters as much if kids don't eat at mealtime as long as you feed them healthy snacks that incorporate the food groups and NOT junk food. Well, this recipe was a hit with the toddler. He ate two helpings! His sister ate hers but with considerable
coaxing. It wasn't particularly good, and my regular chicken and dumplings is better, so I probably won't fix it again. But it was effortless since it was in the slow cooker, which was something I needed this day.
My final recipe I'll end with is Awesome
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. For some crazy reason, whenever I try to make grilled cheese in a skillet, I always end up burning the last one. I'm sure I must be turning the burner up too high. But it's always a pain trying to watch the bread and keep it
a pretty, even, toasty color. Cooking grilled cheese in the oven turns out a beautiful sandwich every time! And if you have lots to cook, the oven method is the way to go!
How about you? What are some of your kids' favorites meals?