I am not a mother either but this was a huge hit in our house growing up, it's kind of like a healthier version of nachos. To make it slightly healthier you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
Nacho Beef Dinner
1 Cup rice
½ Lb ground beef
1 Cup corn
1 Chopped tomato
1 Cup shredded cheese
2 Cups water
1 Cup canned black beans (drained/rinsed)
In large skillet, sauté rice with ground beef until beef is browned. Stir in water, corn, beans, and seasonings. Bring to boil. Reduce Heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in tomato. Sprinkle with cheese and top with sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips. Serves 4.
Thanks purpleprimrose sounds great we'll have to try it!
My youngest brother is 12 years younger than me and when he was little his favourite food was grilled mashed potatoes.
Basically it was mashed potatoes mixed with some fried bacon and onion and whatever other vegies we were having. Sometimes it was grated zucchini, or peas and corn, grated carrot etc. Then mum would scoop it out with the ice cream scoop to make a nice shape, sprinkle a bit of tasty cheese over the top and put under the grill until golden.
I'm a picky eater and a teenager, here are some things my family enjoy. I like home-cooked meals best. These are not specific 'recipies' just more like ideas.
-Soup. I love homemade soup. My dad will make a big pot of it, and it will last my family of 4 about a week. We enjoy chicken or turkey most, but my other favorite is beef vegetable, which also includes barley. The vegetables used for both soups are chosen by you, but I reccomend potato, carrots, and turnip. Onion adds flavor to everything.
-Salad. I like salad, so does my mom, not my father and sister. I have been fed vegetables from a young age so now I enjoy them. I don't like salad dressing, so I make my own. (recipe included) I like to have meat in my salad as well, chicken is my favorite. I use lettuce, (any kind), carrots chopped, celery chopped, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli. For the salad dressing, for a small salad:
- soya sauce, about 3 teaspoons full.
-vinegar, about 2 teaspoons full.
-a little bit of pepper ( as in salt and pepper)
It's a not too healthy, but you're already eating salad soooo... Haha
-BBQ. I love BBQ, my family and I live off it in the summer season. I like barbecued wieners, with microwaved/baked potato, (you could add butter, though I don't) and steak on the BBQ. You can add a side of vegetables such as broccoli, colliflower, celery and or carrots. Serve with cold water or lemonade is best!
Better Chicken Nuggets - Mom and Dads enjoy, too!
1 lb (more or less depending on how many you are feeding) chicken tenders or chicken breast, cut into bite sized chunks
1/4 cup Olive oil - in a medium sized mixing bowl
1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs - in a medium sized bowl or spread on a plate
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese - or more if you like
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese in a medium bowl or on a plate suitable for dredging the chicken.
After cutting up the chicken into "nugget" sized pieces, place chicken into the bowl with olive oil to coat.
Roll the chicken a a few pieces at a time in the breadcrumb mizture to coat. (You could also put the breadcrumb mixture in a big ziplock bag, place the chicken in and then shake it to coat :)
Place coated chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes. Turn chicken over and bake for another 5-8 minutes, until golden brown and cripsy.
Serve with celery sticks, carrots and ranch, or ketchup or BBQ sauce.
This sounds delicious!
Originally Posted by lcmpdx
I am not a parent either, but I cook regularly at home. My Dad has recently started detesting spaghetti, it's just one of those meals that's easy and affordable, but often the processed spaghetti sauce is incredibly fatty. So I started making my own :)
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 small tub of tomato paste
1 white onion
2 garlic cloves
Chevapchichi (non-spicy) - I don't know if you have these in the US or the UK.
1. Cut and roll the Chevapchichi into balls.
2. Add some vegetable oil to a pan and add the Chevapchichi balls, the crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste.
3. Continue to simmer.
4. Cut up one white onion and add that to the pan.
5. Followed by one carrot.
6. Begin boiling your pasta on the stove.
7. Add garlic to pasta sauce.
8. Take the pasta of heat and remove the excess liquid.
9. Combine the pasta sauce and the pasta.
10. Add a dash of salt and pepper - and enjoy!
The upside is spaghetti is one of those meals you can add anything to and kids can't often see it. But this version tastes so much fresher then the store bought one. Plus kids love meatballs and these are quick and easy!
I can add my cheesecake ice-cream cake or cream of tomato soup recipes if anyone is interested? :)
I googled it and it seems like Chevapchichi is a spicy sausage? Is that right?
My kids haven't been picky so they have typically just eaten whatever me and my husband are eating. My kids are all under 5 so my experience is limited, but they seem to particularly enjoy anything that includes a sensory experience. They love long noodles, assembling pizzas, and anything that involves dipping and dunking.
Some of our kids' favorite meals are:
Taco Soup (Allrecipes.com "Slow Cooker Taco Soup" is a easy, standard form but is easy to adjust).
Shish kabobs (Allrecipes.com "Beef Marinade I" is great for any meat, mushrooms, zucchini/yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, onions, whatever)
Chickpea Curry - Costco sells little pouches that you just drop in boiling water for 5 min. I keep these on hand for when I make Indian food that is too spicy for my kids to eat.
For lunch I keep things really, really simple. A dietitian friend of mine swears that kids behave better if they have eaten a fruit and a protein (she despises the goldfish/pretzel/graham cracker diet) so that is what I almost always do for lunch.
Strawberries and Cheese Cubes
Sliced apples with a peanut butter sandwich
Grapes (if you freeze them they are mini slushies) and turkey cubes
Chips to dip with salsa or bean dip
You get the idea.
Kind of, they can be hot, but also are available in mild - which are great for kids. They are a great alternate to plain old sausages as well, they have a much better flavor.
Originally Posted by lcmpdx
Here's a recipe for it, I found online:
1 kilogram ground meat
4 Garlic cloves; finally chopped
1 ts salt
1 ts baking soda
2 ts freshly ground black pepper
1 ts cayenne pepper; or more seasoned pepper and garlic pepper
1 egg white; beaten
Combine all ingredients; blend well. Form into finger shaped sausages about 3/4" thick and 4" long.
Cook slowly until well browned on a charcoal grill.
Turn sausages often.
Sausages should be brown on the outside. According to tradition, these sausages are served on a bed of chopped onions, with tiny hot pebbers, mixed vegetabl