Cooking healthy meals for kids and families can seem like a big challenge—sometimes too big. Between the grocery shopping and the planning, and between the cooking and the cleaning up, eating out or ordering in—or just throwing something in the microwave—can be tempting alternatives. Life gets busy. I do all of these things. But when I’m looking for a healthy, kid-friendly meal, nothing beats something I make in my own kitchen.
I just came across this article in the New York Times: “14 Kid-Friendly Meals that Can Really, Truly Be Ready in 30 Minutes or Less.” I found it to be helpful, so I just wanted to share it with all of you. I’ve tried many of them out, and the 30 minutes is pretty accurate.
I’ve made a many of them now, and every time put out a table setting for my son, I “pair” the meal with a Tickle Water. This Ginger Fried Rice, for example, goes great with the watermelon flavored Tickle Water. This combination tastes like a tropical getaway. And this Cumin Baked Pork Chop goes really well with green apple. The apple’s tartness cuts right through the cumin and pork. If we want something It seems like a classic combo to pair this Vegetarian Skillet Chili with cola—like a comfort meal. And because this creamy pasta with smoked bacon and peas is so rich, I tend to pair it with unflavored Tickle Water.
The other nice thing about pairing a meal with Tickle Water is that it helps give kids a sense of occasion. Eating should be healthy and fun, but every once in a while, it’s nice to make it something special. I like to pop open a can and put a straw in it. My son loves it. Or, if you’re feeling more creative, you can take a look at these kid- friendly mocktails that I wrote about a few weeks ago.
With whatever you’re making for dinner, wishing you ‘bon appetit.’ And if you have some great recipes for healthy meals for kids, please send me a message to let me know. I will share them in another post.
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