Did your GRANDMOTHER cook CHICKEN NUGGETS?
Life was simpler years ago when our parents/ grandparents would make one dinner and everyone simply ate it. There was no discussion of “kid meals”, it was the “family dinner” and you ate it whether you were 2 years old or 82 years old. We may not have the time they did to devote to cooking, but we can still make a dinner that’s healthy, easy and delicious. I guarantee if you make one meal, one choice for everyone, they will eat it (eventually).
When start the “family dinner”?
My mom would say that as soon as kids have teeth, they can eat the family dinner (my daughter was about 10 months old). Kids simply appreciate good, simple food. Olive oil, salt, pepper and butter are often all you need to enhance the flavor of food (o.k. maybe a little parmesan cheese too).
What do your kids eat for dinner?
Do you find yourself saying “my kids won’t eat that…”? Kids may not eat everything but they will certainly only eat what they are exposed to. If you lived in Japan, chances are your kids would eat sushi (my kids actually love sushi). I’m Italian, so it’s no coincidence that I like salami and sausage/peppers, and guess what? My 9 year old LOVES octopus. You won’t know until you try and try and try…and never give up.
My 7 yr. old daughter has developed such a palette that she actually told me when I recommended a restaurant, “nah, the food’s not that good there”. And she would know, both kids order off the adult menu.
Involve the kids in making the dinner too, not only does it keep them occupied, but provides them valuable cooking skills early in life. Once I got off the phone only to find my 7 year old had already dipped the all the chicken in the egg and bread crumbs and they were ready to bake for dinner.
Try incorporating some of these dinner ideas into your repertoire and your kids will thank you (eventually). Subscribe to this blog on the right to receive the “recipe of the day”. They are so easy even you will say…”I can do THAT!!”