Mothers often have a tough time deciding on a dinner menu for the house. A common reason for the same is that, the man of the house may want to eat a particular dish, while the kids may be picky and not approve of the said dish. This is when a mother has to start scouting for dinner ideas. At the same time, it is not rare for the kid to go through the phase of being a picky eater. It can be a rather difficult phase if the condition lasts longer than anticipated. Most mothers also want dishes that are easy to prepare, as they may not have the time for preparing an elaborate dish. Having said that, let's take a look at some fun and simple recipes.
Dinner Ideas - Kids will Love
Besides looking out for innovative recipes, mothers also want the kids to eat healthy food. In this article, we have tried to enlist dishes that are healthy, easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
One of the healthiest as well as simplest dishes to make, is stew. There are a variety of options which you can choose from. You can either make vegetarian or non-vegetarian stews. Preparing a delicious stew is easy and fast. All you will need to do is grill vegetables and/or meat pieces, and then simmer them in water. Add salt and seasoning according to your taste. Most vegetables can be used to make stew. If your kid is rather fussy, then you will have to chop the vegetables into fine pieces, so that the child is not able to find the vegetables used for preparing the stew.
Pasta does qualify for a good and quick meal option. It can also be used for your kid's birthday party. You can either opt to make the often tried and tested macaroni and cheese, or combine spaghetti and meatballs. Vegetables like bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, etc., can be added to the dish, thus, making it healthier. Likewise, instead of using red meatballs, you can opt for white ones.
Like the stew, you can either opt for a vegetable or meat sandwich. If your child is fond of meat, then you can grill some and add seasonings to it. Alternatively the vegetables can also be used for grilled sandwiches. You can grill multi-grain or whole wheat bread, in case you are looking for a healthier option. Personally, I would like to combine sandwiches with soups and make it into a healthy dinner.
If you are looking for healthy options, then you will certainly like this idea. Colorful vegetables can be combined to make salads. You can use different salad dressing recipes to make the salad more interesting. Nuts, Raisins and fresh fruits can be combined to prepare a delicious and healthy salad. In case you want to make them more appealing, the salad can be garnished with fresh cream and sweetened cherries.
If your child is fond of pizzas, then calzone is something that he will certainly relish. Calzones are nothing but folded over pizzas. In this dish, the toppings are baked into the dough, instead of placing them over the base. Due to this, there is a delicious crust all the way around, and the center of the calzone is rather delectable. It is a great meal option for picky kids as well as adults. You can add flavor to it by serving the dish with tomato or green chilly sauce.
Grilled chicken strips are a great choice for dinner. You can choose to grill the chicken with or without bones. If the kid is very picky, then you may want to grill the chicken without the bones on a skewer, which will not give him a chance to fuss about. This tastes best when served with tartar or tomato sauce.
They are my personal favorite. They make for interesting vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options. Different shapes can be used to make rather interesting cutlets. Golden baked pork cutlets, crispy chicken cutlet, potato, and mutton cutlet, etc. are some of the best options. Fish cutlets are another healthy option in case your kid does not prefer eating red meat. Beetroot, carrot, spinach, etc. can be used in case you want to make some healthy vegetarian cutlets. Serve them hot with a sauce of your choice.
Baked ziti is one of the best supper ideas for kids. It is quite a filling dish and also appeals to a picky eater. You will need to bake it for about 40 minutes. Putting the dish together is also not very difficult. You can top it up with freshly chopped spinach leaves or meat sausages. Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese can be used as a tempting garnish.
While you whip up a dinner for your children, you will also have to make sure that they eat healthy food. However, at times, you may have to let go the healthy aspect of food and let them eat junk food as well, since eating similar kind of food all the time can become very boring.