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4 Creative All-American Dinner Ideas for Happy Kids

Meal planning around the kids can be a little limiting. Your kids may even be picky eaters who refuse to eat anything different. Here are some creative meal ideas to keep the kids happy.

Chicken Fingers and Apple Slices

Most kids love chicken nuggets. This meal is a take on that age old classic. You can even make it healthier by breading your own chicken. All you have to do is take chicken tenderloins and dredge them in breadcrumbs. Bake them in the oven for twenty to thirty minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken. Cut up some apples into slices. You may have to skin the apple before serving to your kids. This quick and easy meal can ensure that your kids will enjoy their dinner.

Macaroni and Cheese Dish

You may not think that macaroni and cheese is a very healthy dish. You can make it healthier by not going with the boxed variety. Select noodles that are made out of whole grains or even vegetables. Once the cheese is added to the mix, your kids won’t be able to tell the difference. Use real cheese for the topping. Cheddar is the old standard. You can also use other types of cheeses to add some variety to the meal. This may make it more appealing for the adults in your house.

Order a Pizza

If you don’t have the time to cook a meal, you can always order a pizza. This is a sure fire meal for your kids. Consider dressing up your pizza a little by adding different kinds of vegetables. This will ensure that your kids are at least presented with the option of eating a more healthy meal. Add a salad to your pizza order too. Many kids will eat a salad if they can put dressing on it. This can be a good way to expand the menu options for your kids.

Burgers and Fries

The old standby for American dinners is the burger and fries. This doesn’t have to be a greasy concoction. Use leaner beef or turkey to make the patties. Select whole wheat or whole grain buns to get more nutritional value out of the bread. You can purchase sweet potato fries over the traditional fries options. You may even be able to shred up vegetables and make them into fries. Your kids can eat their favorite meal, and you can feel good about serving them something healthy.

There are lots of creative alternatives to the standard kid friendly meals. They can even be more palatable to the adults in the family.

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