Dinner Ideas when Dad is in Charge

By dadsplay at September 28, 2010 | 1:10 am | Print

Dinner Ideas when Dad is in Charge

In our house most nights my wife gets dinner ready. On occasions when she needs a break or has a business meeting or plans with girlfriends, I get our kids dinner.

I can’t claim to be a cook or great around the kitchen because I am not. But I can prepare several easy meals that my kids will eat and I can get ready quickly.

I have also learned 2 things. If I give my kids a salad and fruit with anything else, my wife will be happy with the effort and I know I am getting a fruit and veggie into them.

Keep the kids occupied while I get everything ready and on their plates. One way I keep them engaged is by playing 20 questions about Animals with them or giving them a coloring book and crayons.

My all time lunch or dinner staples are simple, no frills meals:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
(remember I do offer it with a fruit and veggie and on whole wheat bread).

Spaghetti
(whole wheat angel hair noodles) and sauce (yes it is from the jar) (with a fruit and salad).

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
(low fat cheese slice and whole wheat bread)
Thin Crust Pizza w/ tomatoes & veggies (whole wheat crust on occasion).

Chicken or Veggie Wraps
- put the salad or veggies in the wrap with leftover chicken or mashed beans and drizzle with salad dressing- put a tooth pick in it and cut in half- my kids love wraps.

    Why Salads

Because they are easy to serve (you don’t have to cook anything and with a tasty dressing, my kids will eat it.

    Other Easy Fruits and Vegetables

  • Bananas
  • (super easy, peel and hand it over or cut into slices- you don’t even have to open a can)

  • Grapes
  • Apple Slices-
  • wash and cut

  • Fresh, Canned or Frozen Fruit
  • - pineapple or mandarin oranges or even apple sauce- open and pour.

  • Carrots
  • - baby carrots or carrot sticks

  • Peas
  • Pineapple with Cottage Cheese
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