Quick Healthy meals Kids will Eat.

Lorrie - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My husband and I want to get healthy this year. We both work full time and seem to always be on the go. Our biggest problem is we eat out to much because it is easier. We keep looking for things that are quick but everytime we think we have found something the Kids want eat it or it takes way to long to fix. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Kathy - posted on 01/04/2010

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have you heard of Jessica Seinfeld (jerry Seinfeld's wife) cookbook, Deceptively Delicious? She uses vegetable purees and adds them to child friendly dishes (eg, mac & cheese w/chickpea puree or yellow cake w/squash puree). I know it might sound odd, but it works. My 3 yr old is a fussy eater and doesn't like veggies too much. This way i am able to get veggies in him without him knowing. Also, of course, I do give him a veggie side with lunch and dinner and quietly pray he will eat it, but if he doesn't at least i know there are veggies stashed away in the other things he is eating. i have veggies already pureed and in the freezer, so that when i am ready to cook i just pop the puree in the recipe and it all goes relatively smoothly and quickly. I'm still trying to work it all out myself. good luck.

Crystal - posted on 01/03/2010

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PS I love Foodnetwork.com They have great shows and receipes. Try 10 dollar meals with Melissa D'Arabian. She has some great basic, quick, meal ideas. She also has some fancier ones if you wanta mix it up or use for weekends. :)

Crystal - posted on 01/03/2010

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One thing I found that helps with kids eatting it too is to keep different kinds of foods seperate. Cook the meat, veggie, carb seperate. Then put the sauce, gravy, bbq sauce, whatever on the side. Kids like to dip! lol Mix it all together if you prefer it that way, or just portions of it. This way you each control how much fat/oil you add to your meal (usually the sauce) and the children will be more likely to eat things when they can be in charge of altering the flavoring themself. My 2 yr old niece eats fruit only if she can dip it in ketchup. Gross to me, but hey, she eats healthy food, fruit! Which is the point afteral.

Marcy - posted on 01/02/2010

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Google skinnygirl recipes. Behtenny Frankel (a celebrity chef) takes fattening recipes and makes them healthy. You can look up any recipe you want! I don't think there has ever been something I have wanted that I haven't been able to find :) She also has links for family nutrition and health shoping. Cheers to a health 2010!

Tiffany - posted on 01/02/2010

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We are trying to do the same thing ourselves, here are some things that are helping me out.



A sneaky way that we have started eating healthy is that we have swapped over to buying turkey products instead of beef. I now use ground turkey in place of ground beef, etc. We also eat turkey hot dogs, turkey sausage, etc. You really don't even notice a difference...except for turkey bacon(we don't eat that).



Something that will help you with your timeframe is on your day off cook and freeze a meal or two. Also, go ahead and chop your fresh fruits and veggies and keep in containers so there is less prep work when cooking. And I swear by using my crockpot...throw things into it in the morning and let it cook all day.



With my 4 year old she is picky so we have started the "no thank you bite" rule. She must try a bite of everything on her plate, if she doesn't like it she doesn't have to eat it but at least she is being introduced to new things and every now & then she does like it.



I also get alot of my recipes from kraft.com, they have hundreds of recipes and you can look up by cooking time, number of ingredients, etc.



Hope this helped some, I know it was all over the place...lol

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