I’m a Mom of three boys, Michael (12), Connor (10), and Blake (8). I LOVE to cook. I HATE it if it’s a fuss. To me, cooking should be relaxing. I don’t want to think too hard (heaven forbid), read too many directions, or follow too many steps. I don’t want to shop for fancy ingredients. Most of my ingredients are store-bought, I just try to get the healthier versions whenever I can.
I usually use recipes as guides, just to get ideas, and then take out the ingredients I don’t like and add what my family likes.
Like most kids, my kids don’t like to eat anything fancy (thank goodness). They have never outgrown fun foods (they’ll eat anything made into a smiley face), or foods they can create or put together themselves. What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t want to feel like they’re in control?
I will admit I make my kids at least TRY everything on the table (if only they had a nickel for every time I’ve told them that if they try it 11 times they’ll like it…ok, I tell white lies on occasion, or maybe it’s wishful thinking).
My goal is to share ideas with you about some of the fun, simple, healthy foods my kids enjoy, and hopefully you’re kids will too. I would also love to get some ideas and recipes from you so please share some of your favorites, I need all the help I can to keep things fun and interesting!
The majority of the time breakfast=leftovers from the night before. Kids get used to what they’re used to it seems, because when I stick a plate of meat and leftover veggies in front of them before school, they don’t bat an eye. If they like it, they eat it. I guess they take after me (my breakfast usually consists of leftover fish or shrimp with a nice dipping sauce, yum). For my first post, though, I suppose I should share a more traditional breakfast idea. But remember, it’ll never be extravagant coming from me. No thinking involved whatsoever (whoohooooooo!).
For some reason, kids seem to love food served on skewers, I guess sticks are just more fun than bowls. This was a hit with my guys, and they used all of my leftover fruit to fill their skewers again and again. Simple, fun, healthy, and easy for kids to make, plus you can grab anything you have in your fridge and dice it up the night before if you prefer. Be sure to make time after breakfast for a little skewer sword fighting.
Anything else in your frig-other fruit, ham, leftover chicken or beef-you name it, it’s always more fun on a stick!