Kids Meals – quick and easy

As an adult, I have a huge respect for the amount of time and effort it takes to get a meal on the table. Our moms, grandmothers, aunts, and family friends made this look easy growing up, but it is not that easy. It takes planning, shopping, time, and some skill to get a meal on the table on time. I like to think of it more like a competition sport and you are racing to the finish line. Before kids, we didn’t cook a lot, we would eat dinner at odd times of the evening, there was not a schedule and a bowl of cereal was a perfectly fine dinner. Now enter kids, they must eat many more times during the day and you need to feed them a balance diet, we are trying to raise little humans that need to learn how to eat. This was something we were not good at and struggled with, making meals, planning meals and sitting down as a family. Over the past year, we have really refocused our meals, see my post about how important meal planning has been to our family and making our lives easier. Meal planning has helped a lot, our family has planned meals to eat and creates less stress for the parents, which is a win win win!

Wanted to share with you some of our kids plates that we have served. Becoming a parent, you have to re-learn what to eat at each stage of a child’s life. This was not natural for me, but we have great resources in our family and doctors. The kids meals I am sharing with you I would recommend to feed to any children over the age of one year old. We try and feed our kids whatever we are eating, but some nights we do just cook for our kids and eat after they go to bed. This doesn’t happen a lot, but occasionally.

My one tip when making kids plates is to make it colorful, kids love colors and it makes it much more fun to look at!

Meal Break Down:

Fruit

Veggies

Protein

Roasted Salmon, Broccoli, Potatoes and Pears

Our kids love Salmon, so we made this for the family and the kids ate what we had.

Shawarma Chicken, Brown Rice, Salad and Blueberries

Easy family favorite, Trader Joe’s is the best and we love their Chicken Shawarma!

Chili, Tator Tots, Green Beans and Grapes

Chili is our go to for cold days, big pot of chili makes everyone happy! We always keep canned green beans on hand, our kids love them!

Turkey Vegetable Soup, Cesar Salad, Cheese Quesadillas and Blueberries

Cheese Quesadillas are our kids favorites, this is easy to add on to any meal for kids that are picky eaters.

Chicken Tamales, Mexican Topped Salad, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes and Blueberries

We love Mexican food, we probably eat at least two times a week something inspired by Mexican food.

Meatballs and Marinara Sauce over pasta, Broccoli, Strawberries and Blueberries.

We love broccoli, it is my go to for a green side always! We love it roasted, but our kids prefer it to be steamed.

Steak, Eggs, Corn, Guacamole, Bean Quesadilla and Blueberries

I was trying to recreate a brunch I had eaten over the holidays, this is what the kids ate and really like it. They would eat avocado at every meal!

Chicken in Coconut Red Curry Sauce served over Califlower Ride, Peas, Pears and Strawberries

Another Trader Joe meal, at least once a week we eat a meal from something prepared off the shelf of TJ’s. This one is my favorite right now and the boys really like it as well. Harper not so much, but you can’t please everyone.

These quick and easy meals are on rotation at our house recently. The kids will eat their fruit and veggies almost always first, they love them. We were gifted the Construction plates a few years ago and they are great. The kids love the color and it is very easy to plate up portions of food with the dividers. Hope you find these ideas helpful and easy for kids dinners through out the week.

If you are interested in our favorite cook book, check out my blog post here.

Enjoy!

-Amy

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