Looking for quick dinner recipes that can save you time, yet are still healthy and nutritious? Here are some ideas that can help you plan your week’s menu of healthy meals for your kids.
With kids back to school, working moms are again, being challenged to find healthy, but quick dinner recipes for kids. After a heavy day in school and after school activities, your little tots and young teenagers will need nutritious dinners, that do not take too much time to prepare.
If you are a working mom, it will help to plan your quick dinner recipes for the week, and make sure that you have all the ingredients you need before the week starts. Pasta is a great favorite among most children, so you can load up on that and keep your cupboards stacked with ingredients for the sauce, like tomato sauce and cheese. Chicken tenders can be versatile – you can fry them, bake them or add them with your stir fry vegetables. Even minced chicken meat can be easily turned into chicken burgers and fillings for quesadillas.
Soups may not be that popular with little children, but try and sneak in a small bowl of chicken soup to go with their fast dinners. You can prepare a huge stock of chicken broth over the weekend, freeze this in small containers which you can easily thaw during the week. Add some onions, diced carrots, celery and potatoes and you have a nice bowl of nutritious chicken soup!
Kids love tacos and quesadillas, so make sure you have a ready supply of these. Keep your fridge stacked up with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, and cheese. You can even keep ready to bake pizza crusts that you can easily fill with left overs from yesterday’s meals.
Fish fillets are also great additions to your fast dinner list. You can heat them up in the microwave and pour some cheese sauce on top of them, or your favorite dressing. Vegetable salads may not exactly attract your kid’s appetite, but carrot, celery and cucumber sticks are really quite colorful, and may get them interested. Make sure to keep a ready supply of fruits, like apples, bananas and oranges, to teach your kids the habit of eating healthy fruits regularly. Fruit juices are also essential and are better alternatives to soda drinks.
Planning your meals ahead will also help you avoid going to fast foods too often, because you ran out of ideas for a quick dinner. Not only are fast foods costly, most of them do not have the nutrients that your children need. French fries and burgers are not your ideal dinner meal, because they are loaded with calories and some food chains use cooking oil that has a lot of trans fats, which is not good for the health.
Quick dinner recipes for kids are easily found online, and some websites that feature them will even include a grocery list that can help you with your meal planning. You will be surprised with the savings that you will get from planning your meals ahead, and you will also enjoy the fact that you are serving nutritious meals for your family.
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