Weekly Meal Planner: KidsFriendly Recipes
The March Holidays are on! We know, you’re freaking out wondering how you’re going to deal with busy little bodies all week long. But you know what we say? Many hands make light work! Why not rope the kids into helping prepare the family meal Monday through Friday. They’ll love how grown-up they are and you’ll have buy in that they’ll eat what’s on their plate. Here are five easy peasy recipes perfect for little hands.
The littlies can now level up from messing around with modeling clay to shaping their own meat patties! First up, get them to crush cornflakes in a freezer bag with a rolling pin (but warn them to mind their fingers), then it’s time for mamas to bust your domestic goddess moves. In a bowl, tip in your store-bought beef mince, season with basil and pepper, and mix in a beaten egg. The littlies will then shape the patties, coat them in flour and egg, and roll generously in the crushed cornflakes. Pop the patties in the oven, for 15-20 minutes, then serve on burger buns with lettuce, tomato slices, and ketchup.
Ham and Pineapple Pita Pizzas
Why ring for pizza delivery when you can whip up your own (healthier version) in no time. Place pita breads on a baking sheet and let your littlies layer on their desired amount of sliced ham, mozzarella, and pineapple chunks (which you can cut beforehand). Then all you gotta do is let them bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, till the cheese has melted, and voila!
Easy Cheesy Frittata
This dish is a piece of cake to prepare. There’s a bit of knife work when it comes to grating zucchini, dicing ham, and slicing spring onions, but mama can handle that. The kids can then try their hand at cracking eggs into a bowl, crumbling feta cheese by hand, and stirring the mixture (with the meat and veg) thoroughly. Pour the mix into an ovenproof dish, leave it in the oven for 30 minutes, and serve it up with salad and bread.
Slow Roast Chicken with Homemade Gravy
Oven bakes are always a safe bet for a quick and easy meal. Mix butter, thyme leaves, and grated lemon zest in a small bowl. Then let your moppet mash the mix with a fork. Make sure they wash their hands, then let them rub the marinade mix all over the chicken – especially the breast, legs, and wings. Wrap the marinated chicken in foil and let it bake in the oven for 2 hours. The gravy is really simple – just stir together chicken stock, flour, and marmite – Best for Mama to do this bit.
Mac and Cheese
You can never go wrong with good ol’ mac and cheese, especially one that you can whip up under five. Mama can cook the pasta beforehand (or heat up leftover plain pasta in the fridge), then it’s time for the littlies to groom their inner junior master chefs. In the bowl of cooked pasta, add in cheddar cheese, whole milk, dash of salt, sprinkle of pepper, and mix well. Wrap the bowl loosely with a plastic cling-wrap and microwave for five minutes to get creamy mac and cheese. It’s that easy.