Mama can never go wrong with pancakes! Kids love them, and they're quick and easy to make — so why not prepare a very special holiday-themed pancake breakfast for Christmas morning? From Santa, snowmen, and reindeer to peppermint-flavored pancakes, we've rounded up nine festive Christmas pancakes kids will love. They're all so fun and creative, mama might love these sweet morning treats even more than the kiddos — if that's possible!
Kids love macaroni and cheese, pizza, and lasagna, but the same old recipe gets boring for kids and adults. Mix things up with reinvented recipes and spins on the traditional and try one of these dishes. Tried and tested by moms, these recipes are sure to become new family favorites — from 30-minute pasta recipes to slow-cooker dishes that take only minutes of prep work. Invite your child into the kitchen to help make one of these quick and easy kid-friendly recipes tonight.
We know macaroni and cheese is a kid favorite, and smart mamas love how quick and easy it is to prepare straight from the box. But that cheesy brand might not be the healthiest option for family dinner. Try your hand at making homemade macaroni and cheese that's so easy you may never reach for the boxed stuff again. Adding prosciutto and peas kicks this recipe up a notch, making it a favorite for the entire family.
There's nothing like a bubbling lasagna for dinner, but sometimes the same old sauce, noodle, and cheese combo can get a bit old. Transform the basics into something really fun with a reinvented lasagna recipe the whole family will love. These pasta dishes are easy to make, whether you use unique ingredients or rely on nontraditional cooking techniques, and take lasagna to a whole new layered level. Click through for a reinvented lasagna recipe to try tonight.
If your child has a craving for something sweet and salty, then reach for the popcorn to make this quick and easy snack. This great treat is healthier than you think, combining honey and peanut butter — and leaving out the extra butter. Popcorn is considered a whole grain, full of fiber and antioxidants, making it a great after-school, or dinner, snack. It's quick and easy, seriously addictive, and ready to eat in only minutes.
Sweet potato goodness! Halloween is over and done with, and as Mama stores away the costumes, she's already planning for the next upcoming holiday — Thanksgiving! Corn bread is a favorite for most holiday feasts and since sweet potato is one of the most kid-friendly veggies around, a sweet potato corn bread sounds like a sure crowd-pleaser. What makes this recipe extra special is that it's vegan. No eggs are used in this recipe — and all-purpose flour is substituted for whole wheat flour, while vegetable oil is replaced with olive oil. It's a healthy side dish for kids of all ages!
Source: Gilda Mulero of Naturally Tasty
Chicken — it's what's for dinner . . . a few nights a week! When time is of the essence and there are hungry mouths to feed, mama needs a few tricks up her sleeve to get dinner on the table. Takeout may be fast, but it takes a toll on the wallet. Rotisserie chicken — be it the $6 kind from Costco or a $20 version from a gourmet shop — gives moms endless options for providing the family with a nutritious meal. Here are 10 kid-friendly ways to serve up the dinnertime staple without it ever feeling old.
- Chicken Pot Pie: The favorite comfort food can be whipped up over the weekend and reheated on a busy school night.
- Rotisserie Chicken with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts : The sweet addition of dried fruit will win over picky eaters who shun the protein.
- Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas: This south-of-the-border dish sneaks in iron-rich spinach hidden beneath melted cheese.
- Chicken Pita Pockets: Cold sandwiches are ideal for families who squeeze in dinner between soccer practice and homework.
- Chicken and Mozzarella Panini: These warm, pressed sandwiches also pack well for school lunches.
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Recently, bookshelves have become inundated with cookbooks that are designed to hide healthy food in your child’s meals.
From Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious to Missy Chase Lapine’s The Sneaky Chef, the books advocate pureeing fruits and vegetables and mixing them into recipes to ensure that children get all of their nutrients.
Yesterday, we discussed fussy eaters with the London- based cookbook author, Annabel Karmel, and today we're talking books.
If you have a school-aged child, you know that the morning routine of getting everyone up and dressed, fed and packed for school leaves little time for creativity.
Lunch Boxes and Snacks, which hit book stores in January, takes parents beyond the peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with tips and healthy recipes to liven up your child’s lunchbox.
Recipes range from sandwich alternatives like Kiddie Sushi-Style Rolls to cold pasta salads, like Mummy’s Ramen Noodles, to ethnic alternatives like Spanish Omelets with Potatoes, Zucchini and Tomatoes.
To find these recipes and hear what Annabel had to say about snacks, read more
There's no denying that popular children’s cookbook author, Annabel Karmel is one busy mum. In addition to her three kids, she has 15 cookbooks on US bookshelves and lines of food prep equipment and prepared children's foods available in the UK.
We recently sat down with Annabel to discuss her latest books, tips for getting children to brave new foods and her views on hiding healthy food in your kid cuisine. Stay tuned for all the interview snippets that will run this week!
If you've got a fussy eater, try Karmel's tips for getting your child to try new foods:
To check out Annabel's child friendly corn quesadilla recipe, read more