What's an easy recipe a babysitter can make?
We're making a conscious effort to make healthy "simple" meals. (Not that boxed Mac 'n Cheese has completely disappeared from the mix *yet*.) My new quick go-to meal is 3-minute brown rice from the freezer section of Trader Joe's (they also have white), a can of black beans and some sauteed veggies (could do frozen veggie mix). Throw a little teriyaki sauce on and the kids love it!
One pot meals that don't require much attention are great for babysitters. A few minutes browning the meat and cooking the onions, is all that is needed for this sensational Chicken Thighs and Rice with Honey dish. It can't get any simpler than this and the kids love it too!
I usually make something up ahead of time so all she has to do is reheat. Also, make sure there is plenty for them as well (and that they like it!).
A fun recipe we like to do with kids is Octopus Hot Dogs - simple and easy for a babysitter and fun for the kids! We serve the "octopus" on top of "seaweed" - aka mac and cheese (tint the water green with food coloring).
DIRECTIONS: Cut hot dog in half length-wise, leaving about 1" intact at the end. Cut each of the long sections in half (lengthwise), then in half again - these are the legs. Boil until legs' curl up and hot dog is cooked through.
Pita Pizzas are a great recipe for babysitters to make. Everyone can get involved in making dinner and it turns into a fun activity instead of a chore. If you prepare all of the toppings in advance in the fridge in small containers the babysitter can pull them out and set up an assembly line. I like to have pre-shredded cheese and a squeeze container of pizza sauce available to keep things as simple as possible for everyone. It's fun, it's fast and everyone likes dinner because they made it themselves. Who could ask for anything more?
The link to my blog contains a basic recipe and instructions to get your started. Enjoy!
I usually don't want the babysitter cooking and instead prepare something that's easy to heat up like lasagna or spaghetti and sauce.
But if I was too busy, the easiest thing that a babysitter could fix would be grilled cheese. My kids are pretty "fancy" at times and would enjoy adding jams and sprouts to their grilled cheese, like in my recipe at http://www.thismamacooks.cn om/2012/04/tropical-grilled-cheese-sandwich-glutenfree-gfcommunity.html.
Other ideas would be thin apple slices, spinach leaves, ham or roast beef slices, or even pieces of avocado.
We're big on anything that can go in the microwave. A standby is tortilla and cheese (quesadilla).
Here are a few go-to simple recipe ideas. First pita bread/flat bread pizzas. So quick and simple, just pop your bread on a baking tray, top with tomato paste or pesto and top with whatever ingredients they like - ham/cheese/pineapple; veggies; cheese and herbs etc. Pop in a hot oven for around 10 minutes or your cheese is melted nicely.
Otherwise Jacket Potatoes with Mexican Beans are healthy and simple to make: http://honeyyoubaked.com/2012/03/21/worldly-wednesday-jacket-potatoes-with-mexican-beans/
Or for a sweet treat - cheats three ingredient cupcakes: http://honeyyoubaked.com/2012/04/04/worldly-wednesday-can-3-ingredients-make-a-cake/
The link to our blog below will also take you to a yummy and versatile potato pinwheels recipe which if you had some potato leftovers would be another easy thing for them to make...
Our go to meal for a babysitter is hotdogs or tacos. That way the kids can make their own & there is no fighting. The kids can choose the toppings they want & the baby sitter does not have to deal with kids not wanting to eat. I mean...who doesn't love hotdogs or tacos?
If you're looking for a few quick easy meals that any babysitter [or maybe even your husband :) ] could handle here are a couple of ideas...
What kid doesn't love breakfast food even if it's for lunch or dinner?! Here's a twist on the classic pancakes, French Canadian Crepes. They're not like usual crepes either. These crepes are just as easy to make as pancakes but they have a slightly different flavor and texture. They also have a fun crispy edge that the kids love! Top with some maple syrup or your favorite fruit and you have a fun and easy meal that any kid would love!
Recipe - http://snappygourmet.com/2011/08/04/french-canadian-breakfast-crepes/
Maybe "dipping" is more your kids style. If that's the case, how about quick and easy French Dip sandwiches. With the help of some deli roast beef and beef broth, you can have French Dip sandwiches in minutes!
Recipe - http://snappygourmet.com/2011/03/24/snappy-dinner-french-dip/