Easy Meals for Parents and Toddlers

It’s 5:00 somewhere!  But if you are the parent of a toddler or two, 5:00 has a whole new meaning!  Instead of deciding what nice bottle of wine to open, you’re looking in the fridge for what to cook for dinner.

Like the busy royal chef in Fairytale Baby Books, the task of conjuring up meals everyone will eat isn’t always an easy task.  I must admit, I was one of those parents that didn’t force everyone to eat the same thing.  No judgement please, ha-ha.  Sometimes. we just do what we do to get our kids to eat.

To help you out I thought I would give you some easy recipes that hopefully, will lead to full tummies, and get you out of the kitchen quickly.

  1. Egg Muffins – Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They’re great anytime.
    • Spray a muffin pan
    • Beat 12 eggs
    • Mix in ½ cup of cheddar cheese, salt pepper
    • Pour in egg mixture evenly
    • Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 mins, test with toothpick to make sure it is cooked thoroughly.
    • If desired, you can add some cooked broccoli and/or chicken sausage at the bottom of each muffin tin.
  2. Black Bean Quesadilla My grandsons LOVE black beans!  And they love to help make their own quesadillas.  This is great because you can add whatever else you want to make it more adult tasting, too.
    • Small quesadilla shells
    • Black beans
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Heat on stove or in the microwave
  3. Croissant Turkey and Cheese Roll Ups – Super easy for little ones to help make.
    • Separate the triangles in a package of Pillsbury Croissant Rolls
    • Place thin slices of deli turkey and cheese on each triangle. 
    • Roll up and bake accordingly
  4. Meatballs and Pasta – if you keep Trader Joe’s Frozen Meatballs and Barilla Instant Pasta on hand, you will have dinner in about 20 minutes!
    • Cook according to packages and mix with olive oil and parmesan cheese.
  5. Cheeseburger Muffins – Same idea as the egg muffins and little hands can help. 
    • Place Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits in the bottom of sprayed muffin tin. 
    • Cook 1 LB of ground beef, ½ cup ketchup, 2 TBLS brown sugar, 1 TBLS prepared mustard, 1 ½ tsp of Worchester sauce
    • Pour mixture into cups and top with cheese cubes
    • Bake @ 400 degrees for about 15 mins or until golden brown.

As a mom, grandma, and preschool teacher I have learned that kids really love to cook.  And as with anything in life, if you make them part of the process, the more they feel attached to it.  So, try and involve them when making their meals whenever you can.

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