Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday's Meals: Kid friendly

I just have to face the fact that my children just might be the pickiest eaters on the planet.  They're slowly expanding their taste buds to go beyond mac and cheese, but in the meantime I try to be as creative with meals as possible.  Making sure they get one fruit and one veggie and something semi-healthy.  A little PB&J once in a while won't kill them. Some of these are also great for getting your kiddo in the kitchen with you.  It's never to young to help them learn how to cook....they'll thank you later when they're in college.

Monday: Ham and Cheddar Loaf (with fresh fruit, cottage cheese)
1 loaf frozen bread dough
1 1lb shaved ham
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I like cheddar for this)
1/4 cup lowfat mayo or miracle whip

Roll out bread dough into a rectangle and flatten.  Cover half with sliced ham. Mix cheese and mayo and spread on other half.  Fold into thirds and pinch ends together. Cook at 350 for 30-45 minutes.

Tuesday: Mini Pizza bagels (with fruit and protein)
Package of mini bagels sliced in two
Mozzarella cheese
Tomato pizza sauce
Choice of: black olives, mushrooms, broccoli, Canadian bacon, sausage, hamburger, pineapple, chicken

Slice bagels in 1/2 and lay on cookie sheet. Cover with pizza sauce and then top with whatever toppings your kids will eat.  Broil them for just a few minutes, careful to not burn them. Serve with a side of fruit.

Wednesday: Cheeseburger veggie Mac
Two boxes of the good mac and cheese (you know, the ones with the packet of cheese)
1 lb lean ground beef
Frozen veggie of choice (peas or broccoli works great)

Make mac and cheese, add veggies and browned hamburger.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
Whole wheat pancakes
Eggs of choice
Whole wheat toast
Meat (turkey bacon)

Friday: Pigs in a blanket, fruit and veggie dip
1 package all beef hot dogs
1 pkg crescent rolls
Slice cheese
Fruit
Carrots and low fat ranch

Cut hot dogs in half, unroll crescent rolls.  Lay a thin slice of cheese on fat end of crescent roll, then the hot dog and roll away.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the rolls are slightly browned.  Serve with carrots, ranch and a fruit of choice.

Desserts: 
Banana and strawberry smoothies (made with plain yogurt and almond milk)
Parfaits (blueberries, strawberries, vanilla yogurt and lowfat granola)
Caramel apple dip (1 pkg cream cheese, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cut up apples)

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