Kids are often picky eaters. For parents and caregivers, it can be hard to make a time consuming meal. Even worse is when your child does not want to eat the dinner you made. Thus, try these easy dinners for kids. They do not take long to make and I have found them to be successful with picky eaters.
Peas, Orzo and Cheese
Orzo is small pasta that looks like rice. Kids love its soft texture and hearty taste. Simply follow the directions on the side of the orzo package. Towards the end of the cooking time, toss in a handful of peas or any other small frozen vegetable. After draining the orzo in a colander, add some butter and grated parmesan cheese. The butter and cheese melt into the orzo for a creamy and delicious meal. I like to add salt and pepper for the adults and you can toss in some chicken too. You can even get whole-wheat orzo from amazon.com. This is a well-balanced meal and inexpensive too.
Cornbread Chicken Tenders
If you are sick of your kids eating fried chicken nuggets, try these cornbread chicken tenders. I like to take a package of cornbread stuffing and pound it into crumbs. After that, whisk about three eggs together in a shallow dish and pour the crumbs into another shallow dish. After preheating your oven to 325 degrees, dip each tender in whisked egg and then into the cornbread crumbs. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in an oven safe skillet and shallow fry each tender until crispy on both sides. Finally, put the chicken in the oven and cook the tenders for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Serve it with barbeque sauce or ranch. A good side with this meal is a baked sweet potato.
Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes
Switch up the regular cheese pizza with pesto pizza. All you need is pesto sauce, whole-wheat tortillas, mozzarella cheese and roma tomatoes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut tomatoes in thin slices. Spread a thin amount of pesto on each tortilla, cover with shredded cheese and place tomatoes on top. Put pizzas on a cookie sheet and place in the preheated oven. These only take about eight minutes to cook. Pull out, sprinkle with a little parmesan and cool. Kids will love helping with this.
This is a great side or dessert to go along with any dinner. To make this recipe super easy, buy the pre-sliced apples in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Then toss the apples in a glass dish. Put several pats of butter on top of the apples. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake for about a half an hour or until apples are soft. The longer you cook them, the softer and more caramelized the sugar becomes. Make sure to give these a substantial amount of time to cool because they are very hot when they come out of the oven.
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