If you have kids and a job, and you aren’t exactly a master in the kitchen – it’s easy to end up feeding your family on a diet of takeout meals. Then comes the inevitable guilt about making sure they’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients that they need to grow and develop properly – and feeling that you’re falling short. The good news is, you don’t have to become a chef extraordinaire to feed your kids good food that is freshly prepared – all you need to do is follow this guide….
Fast food that’s good for them
The obvious advantage of fast food is that it’s quick and convenient, but that doesn’t mean that your kids need to snack on burgers and fries when you are short on time and energy. Keeping a well-stocked fruit bowl in the kitchen will mean that there is always something to eat available, and even little children can go and fetch a banana for themselves. The result for you will be the peace of mind of knowing that they’re getting some of their five a day – and you can even have your feet up with a cup of tea while this is going on!
Teach yourself some basics
There’s no need to panic, we’re not suggesting that you start preparing three course meals from scratch – but there are some basics you can learn that will help you to feed the kids with a minimum of fuss and time. Pick yourself up a StoneFryingpans.com and use it to make the best pasta tomato sauce your little ones will taste outside of Italy! Here’s what to do:
- Put a small amount of olive oil into your pan, and add crushed garlic (you can get dried garlic if you can’t be bothered with the chopping part) and a little onion.
- Heat the garlic and onion until it starts to soften, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes (you can use fresh but the tinned stuff is just as good for you and the only effort involved is opening the tin!)
- Add a few squirts of tomato puree directly from the tube, and stir into your sauce before sprinkling a little sugar on top. The sugar helps to neutralise the acidic quality of the tomatoes and tomato puree, and makes it more palatable for kids – just don’t go too crazy! Some mixed herbs or basil (you can get both dried in jars for simplicity) will add flavour.
- Cook some pasta in a separate pan for ten minutes in salted boiling water. Drain the pasta, keeping a little of the water in the pan. Add your tomato sauce and mix into the pasta. Decorate with a little parmesan and, hey presto – a healthy dish that has only taken a few minutes, and that your kids will love!
Keep meal time mess to a minimum by using placemats that stick to the table – perfect for avoiding tomato splattered walls, and giving you more time to relax after dinner! You can feed your family well without too much effort – it just takes a little imagination!
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