It’s no secret that kids are fuzzy eaters. You could be spoiling their sleep time by serving them boring food at the dinner table. Some kids might even go hungry or half feed due to disappointment. Let this not be the daily chore in your life.
We will help you with some easy yet lip smacking dinner ideas for kids that won’t make them unimpressed. So, let’s get started with these recipes to resist your kid’s urge to feed their dinner to the pets.
Italian Chicken Pasta Bake
This easy-to-make meal will really go well with your kids. So, let’s get to the making of this Italian take. The ingredients for the dish are given below:
About 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup of chopped onions, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 2 cans (14.5 oz) cans of chopped tomatoes with garlic, oregano and basil. 3 cups of chopped, cooked chicken, 4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 (15 oz) can of tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Of course, 1 (16 oz) package of bow tie pasta, which will be cooked based on the instructions given on the food package. Keep them warm by following the directions given on the packet.
To begin with, preheat the oven at 350°F. Take a 13×9-inch baking dish and spray it with a nonstick cooking spray to prevent the food from sticking to the dish. In the meanwhile, place the butter in a frying pan and allow it to melt by heating it over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. Wait till the onion gets tender. Keep stirring them in between.
Add flour to the mixture, and then cook for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally. Add the milk, chopped tomatoes, and tomato sauce, stir and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, sugar, and 3 cups of cheese. Stir in the pasta. Scoop the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Finally, sprinkle it with 1 cup of cheese. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until piping hot and starting to crisp up on top. The meal is ready to be served to your kids.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders
This irresistible dish will surely be a big hit with your kids at the dinner table. Once the ingredients are sorted, the dish by itself is easy to prepare. So, you won’t have to throw an arm and a leg to prepare the dish. Here is the ingredient list:
For the marinade, you will need about 2 pounds chicken tenderloins, 1 cup of buttermilk, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika each.
For the breading, you will need 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper each along with 3 tablespoons buttermilk and 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder. For the sake of cooking, you will need 3-4 cups of vegetable oil. So, let’s get to the instructions now.
Take a large zip-lock bag and submerge all the chicken tenders in it along with all the marinade ingredients listed above. Mix them well to ensure that the chicken tenders are nicely coated with preferred seasonings and buttermilk. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours.
In another large bowl, prepare the breading by adding flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt, baking powder, and paprika. Whisk thoroughly to combine them well and then add buttermilk to the mixture and stir with a fork until the final mixture is somewhat clumpy.
Take a baking sheet and spread aluminum foil across it. Remove few chicken tenders from the zip-lock bag and place them in a flour mixture. Turn them over for proper and even coating. Continue the process with the remaining chicken tenders and set them on the prepared baking sheet.
It’s time to fry the chicken. When the oil is adequately heated, place few chicken tenders in them. Make sure that the pan is not crowded. So, fry few chicken tenders at a time. Let them cook until you see golden brown color on the bottom side, which usually takes about a few minutes. Flip the side and cook until the other side also attains golden brown color. Once done, transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate and fry the remaining tenders in small batches. Serve them hot and sit back to enjoy all the accolades.
Roasted Vegetable Pizza
This jam-packed vegetable pizza is full of flavors. It’s a surefire way of getting your kids eat veggies without any resistance. So, enjoy this meat-free meal with your kids. They are certainly healthier than your regular pizzas. Moreover, the leftovers can be used for breakfast the next day. Let’s get to the ingredients list now.
70 q sachet Wattie’s Pizza Paste, red capsicum, egg plants, courgettes, sliced red onions, basil leaves, and grated mozzarella cheese. You are free to add few more veggies of your choice. It will simply pile up with your kid’s favorite roasted veggies. Basically, you will have complete control over what goes into the making of the dish. Any leftover veggies will also suffice for this dish. Let’s get to the instructions of this lip-licking pizza.
We will start by roasting capsicums, eggplants, chopped courgettes, and onions in a little olive oil until they are tender. Once done, let them rest aside for cooling. Spread the pizza base with Wattie’s Pizza Paste. Spread all the roasted vegetables over the pizza bases. Top it with grated mozzarella cheese.
You should be ready to bake the product now. Bake it in a 220°C oven for about a good 15 minutes. By this time, the cheese will melt, and the base will form a golden brown color. Wait for about 5 minutes and scatter basil leaves on the top. Slice them and serve to your kids. You will see the yummy meal disappear before your eyes.