If you are tired of eating chicken nuggets and peanut butter & jam sandwiches for the umpteenth time, this post is for you. Make meal times quick and fun for even the pickiest of little eaters. The long, hazy days of summer call for healthy and light meals that are simple to make. Check out some ideas for snacks, meals and a few treats. These recipes can be whipped up quickly to give you more time to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.
1) Summer Salad Stuffed Popovers
Getting kids to eat fresh veggies is no easy feat, but this tasty popover may just be the answer you are looking for. This tangy summer salad with tomatoes, cubed mozzarella and cucumbers combined with a perfectly-browned popover is great as a snack or a light meal. Get the recipe here.
2) Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Kids will find it hard to resist this sweet and tangy, and oh-so-tender chicken on rice. Whisk together all the ingredients to create your tangy teriyaki sauce and pour on top of chicken breasts for 4-5 hours in the slow cooker. Serve on rice and garnish with sesame seeds. Get the recipe here.
3) Grilled Cheese Panini Salad
Brilliant idea — cut up grilled cheese Panini sandwiches to replace normal croutons to add texture and flavour to a salad. A good vegetarian meal idea and one the kids can help make. Get the recipe here.
Since pre-packaged ramen noodles bowls are not the healthiest option, cook up your own egg noodles and add veggies and meat to complete the meal. Kids will love having their own noodles served in a cup. Get the recipe here.
5) Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
Get a jumpstart to your meal by replacing pizza crust with a bagel. Toast your bagel, spread on your favourite sauce and add cheese and chicken for a quick, filling meal. Bonus – the bagel saves you from having to slice up a traditional pizza. Get the recipe here.
7) Spinach Salad with Grilled Sausage
Grilling almost anything enhances the flavour (especially meat and veggies), which is just what this recipe calls for. Kids will love this summertime special of grilled tomatoes, onions and sausage served on a bed of spinach. Get the recipe here.
8) Raspberry Summer Sensation Sorbet
This summer dessert recipe is easy to make and will impress kids and grown-ups alike. Using raspberry sorbet, vanilla pudding mix and whipped cream, set the dessert to freeze in a loaf pan and serve with fresh raspberries. Get the recipe here.
9) Mini Watermelon-Lime Bites
We love this cute idea! Slice a lime in half and scoop out the flesh. Fill with raspberry or strawberry sorbet and sprinkle on chocolate chips for mini ‘watermelon’ treats. Get the recipe here.
10) Strawberry-Banana Popsicles with Secret Spinach
Yet another sneaky way to stuff more greens into your child’s diet, here is an easy frozen treat recipe that uses fresh bananas, strawberries, vanilla yogurt and a handful of spinach. (Apparently, the spinach taste is not noticeable). Get the recipe here.
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1) Rocket Popsicle Set of 6 Moulds
2) Chef N’ Little Wonder Stem Gem Strawberry Huller
3) Bamboo Bagel Cutter
4) Charles Viancin The Lily Pad Lid – Silicone Suction Lid & Food Cover
5) Chilly Ice Cream Scoop & Water Basin-Kiwi
6) Sistema Salad To Go
7) Shape + Store Burger Master
8) Rico mini lunch box assorted
9) Danesco flavor infusing pitcher
10) Breville Panini Grill