Feeding the kids is no joke. They’re always down for a snack (or 10), but when it comes to a meal.. What gives!? I’m not sure if anyone else deals with this, but I’m almost at the point where I’ve fed you all of your necessary food groups by 5 that .. Dinner is whatever. Shoot me. Also, are you the mom that makes one meal and it’s tough shit to whomever doesn’t eat it or are you the loser mom (like me) that makes 2ish meals? WHY?!? WHY do I do this to myself. I find myself done one of two things.. I make 2 meals (at least) or I just make the kids dinner and I just forget about it. Feeding the kids and trying to eat dinner at the same time is impossible. They need a napkin, water, milk refills, more whatever, or they don’t like it.. I just want to scream. I usually find myself sucking down a vodka soda making at least 20 trips from the kitchen to the table. Dinner is down right exhausting. To top it off, the kids either hate it or the want a million things AND the Dog is barking at me because he is hungry or needs to go out. (That my friends, is a whole other ball game) Dinner is not my friend. Is it the same across the board or.. Can I just not hang?
Some of our favorite, no complaining dinners look like this..
NOTHING. EVERYONE has a complaint about something, except for Travis. As long as his plate is blue and his milk is in his blue cup, he is golden.
Okay– Let see, I wish that I could honestly say that there was an actual MEAL, home cooked, that everyone enjoyed. Like– no arguing, complaining, grunting. Everyone has their favorites but there isn’t actually a winner. Here are a few to start you off with, that yield the least complaints and the most efficient eating.
The top of my list for least complaints is French Toast. My kids love breakfast and this is usually a win across the board. They usually can eat up the majority of the loaf. Powdered sugar and bacon are a must. (See the actual recipe below)
Pasta (duh- anything carbs goes right in) & green sauce. My kiddos love pesto, especially the kind from Costco. So I dump some of that into the Vitamix, with a half a stick of cream cheese and half a bag of overly mushy broccoli and mix it all together. Zoe stinks at eating veggies, so this is a good way to sneak them in.
Faux Asian: So Nat likes the Trader Joe’s Chicken Pot Stickers and Zoe likes the Trader Joe’s Teriyaki Chicken (it’s literally the only chicken that she gobbles up) and Travis will eat both and loves the edamame. So add some rice and viola. Dinner in 15 minutes. I don’t really count this as making 2 different meals as they fall under the same category.. 😉
Swedish Meatballs: The kids love going to IKEA. Meatballs and “jelly” and a soft serve. The kids, unanimously, chow down despite having the ice cream after. I love using Trader Joe’s precooked turkey meatballs. They are much larger than IKEA’s but I cut them up anyway. I use the IKEA gravy and Lingonberries. I usually add some fruit, let’s face it– whatever I have in the house and viola.
Protein Smoothie: This is literally if I’ve hit a wall and have completely checked out. LivFit Superfood is my go to. I add it to whatever. A complete home run in our house is Peanut butter, chocolate banana. I mean, as I write this, why would they refuse. Chocolate almond milk, crunchy peanut butter, frozen banana, a scoop of the LivFit Superfood and a ton of ice. Dump it into rainbow cups– because– it’s not a pretty color and at this point, I could care less if they ate string cheese with apples for dinner.