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Easy, Delicious, and Affordable Kid-friendly Recipes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese may be one of your child's favorite meals, but many boxed versions are high in saturated fat and sodium and do not offer any additional nutrition. Making your own macaroni and cheese allows you to put in wholesome ingredients as well as prepare an inexpensive meal. Start by boiling whole-wheat elbow macaroni, which costs approximately $1 a box and supplies protein and fiber. Drain and add skim milk and shredded cheddar cheese, which both add calcium to the meal. Stir in cooked vegetables, such as peas, broccoli or bell peppers, to add vitamins and minerals.
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
Most children enjoy the taste of a grilled cheese sandwich. When you pair this with soup, you can provide an inexpensive and nutritious meal. Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross, authors of "Cheap. Fast. Good!" suggest sandwiches as a kid-friendly food because you can fill them with a variety of healthy and cheap ingredients. Use whole-wheat bread because it is more nutritious than white bread. Spray two slices with cooking spray. Lay one in a pan and top with a slice of cheese. Add the other slice of bread and flip. Serve with low-sodium tomato soup. Add tomato or onion slices to increase the nutrition of the sandwich or a piece of lean ham to increase the protein content.
Beans cost about $1 per can and provide several nutrients, including fiber and protein. You can also use beans to make a nutritious and kid-friendly meal. Heat black or pinto beans with minced garlic and chopped onions. Roll into warmed whole-wheat tortillas and provide your child with his favorite toppings. Set out low-fat cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, black olives and onions for some cheap options. If your child enjoys spicy foods, salsa or green chiles are inexpensive additions as well.
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Very Veggie Stackable Omelet
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 carrot, grated
1 TBL green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cottage cheese
Break eggs into a bowl and add 1 TBL water. Pour onto skillet and cook eggs 1-2 TBL at a time to get individual cooked eggs to stack. Should give you at least 6 cooked egg rounds. Take all eggs out of skillet. Coat skillet with 1 tsp. olive oil. Add all vegetables and cook until tender. Once cooked, remove vegetables and add 1/2 cup cottage cheese. Layer eggs, veggie mixture, egg, veggie mixture, and top final layer with an egg. Place in oven safe dish and bake at 425 for about 5 minutes until cottage cheese is heated through.
Don’t feel bad if your kids aren’t ready for this many vegetables in their omelet. Fill the omelet with a small amount of vegetables to begin with, and you can add more and more as they see how delicious it is!
Baked Potato Pizza
- Scoop out the inside of one baked potato and put in bowl
- Add vegetables like green and red bell peppers (about 1-3 TBL)
- Add 1 TBL low fat ricotta cheese
- Add 1 egg to hold it altogether.
- Roll mixture into a ball, and cook it on a skillet or griddle.
- Optional: Top with pizza sauce and some part skim mozzarella.
The ingredients are just like having a normal pizza, but with some optional ingredients. Very simple right? And very healthy too, full of calories that will get your kids really going!
Too Simple Taco Soup
1 lb. cooked and chopped meat of choice (chicken breasts, lean ground beef, or ground turkey)
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (or three cups of finely chopped fresh tomatoes)
2 cups frozen corn (or 1 can, 15 ounce corn)
2 cups black beans (or 1 can 15 ounce black beans)
2 cups red kidney beans (or 1, 15 ounce can)
1 envelope Ranch seasoning mix (Or use recipe below)
2 TBL Taco seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
To avoid the packaged Ranch seasoning mix, make your own.
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Quick Breads: Banana Pecan Bread
The difference between quick bread and regular bread, is quick bread doesn’t have yeast, and doesn’t need to go through the rising process. While we enjoy both kinds, quick breads are usually delicious and sweet! With today’s recipe, we included some healthy whole grains; oats and whole wheat flour. As well as some heart healthy pecans!
3 bananas (mashed)
1 cup low fat buttermilk
3 TBL. canola oil
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
In separate bowl, combine:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt.
Fold in 1 cup toasted oats (or untoasted, but toasted tastes better)
1/3 cup toasted pecans
Fold dry ingredients into the wet, without over mixing! Spoon into a prepared 9X5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle a few extra nuts on top. Bake at 350 for 60-90 minutes or until cooked through as tested with a knife.
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You can match this with a delicious pasta or other meal that compliments it's taste, kids will love this healthy Banana Pecan bread, especially if you let them join you in baking. Yes! Kids love to eat foods they help made and prepare!
1. Do not overmix and do not overbake.
2. Carefully read the recipe before proceeding. Use the specified ingredients, and pre-measure them.
3. Always use metal measuring cups for dry ingredients and a glass measuring cup for liquid ingredients.
4. Take your time to properly preheat the oven, and practice safety.
5. Measure flour according to the recipe.
6. Use an oven thermometer, readily available in grocery stores. Ovens can vary by 50 degrees.
7. Properly store ingredients and use the highest quality and freshest ones possible.
8. Use metal nonstick baking pans, not thin disposable aluminum ones. Glass pyrex pans are preferable for pie baking.
9. For cake and loaf recipes that require unmolding, place the pan on a wire cake rack and let it stand for 10 minutes. Then unmold.
10. Before baking, always wash your hands and carefully wash any fruits and vegetables used in the recipe.
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Healthy and Easy to Do Dinner Recipes for Kids
Making them aware of the good nutrition is very important not only for their health but also for their well being in the future. Start your kids right while they are still young, and I’m sure that they will keep this lessons until they grow up! Here you can find some of the easy-to-do and healthy dinner that you can cook together with your kids, so read up, learn, and enjoy!
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Easy to Do Healthy Lunches For Kids
Noon is the time when kids get really active, and parents should take this opportunity to feed them the right food in order to sustain the energy needed for our active little ones. It is easier for parents if their kids are not going to school yet, but if they are in school it’s quite difficult to monitor if they are eating right or not.
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Nutritious Breakfast for Kids
All of those are wrong and the effects are exactly the opposite. Breakfast is really important not just for kids, but for everybody. There is a reason why it is called a breakfast, it's because you are "breaking the fast". You are actually having a "fast" while sleeping and you don't want to go on fasting until before lunch. Aside from not having enough energy to function fully all throughout the day, sometimes having an empty stomach for a long time can cause diseases such as hyper acidity and in some cases gastric ulcers.
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Helpful Facts About Healthy Eating for Kids
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