As a mother of two, I always want what’s best for my kids. So I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that are for the health and nutrition for young children. Whether it be done solely for mealtimes, or it is just for the three main food times of the day, I am all for it.
If you’re looking for a way to spice things up, then here are 3 easy recipes for the healthy eater:
1. Extra crispy French toast. Beat 2 eggs. Add ½ cup of milk, ¼ teaspoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinammon; mix. Coat each bread slice with the egg mixture by dipping each slice into the mixture one at a time and soaking it well. Heat oil. Cook bread slices on a griddle or a skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes each side. Gently press down on the bread while cooking so that the French bread is crispy and golden at the center. Makes 6 slices. (Suggested toppings are cream cheese, honey and pure maple syrup.)
2. Hamburgers. In a mixing bowl, mix 1 pound of ground beef, ½ minced onion, ½ teaspoon garlic salt (you can use regular garlic, but garlic salt will be much more flavorful and will be mixed more easily than real garlic), ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Make 4 patties. Fry (and do not burn) and drain on paper towels. In a different pan, heat hamburger buns. Fry 4 eggs. Put burger patty on bread. Top it with the fried egg, slices of cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and your favorite burger toppings (mayonnaise, mustard, etc.). Serves 4.
3. Chicken pizza. A friend of mine gave me this recipe, swearing that she got her 5 year old to eat anything else other than hot dogs and fried chicken. Clean and cube 2 boneless chicken breasts (preferably skinless, so that it would be healthier); marinate in hot sauce or barbecue sauce. Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add chicken when hot and cook until done. While you’re waiting for the chicken to cook, bake your pizza dough (my friend buys canned pizza dough instead of making one from scratch), 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. After baking, top pizza crust with mozzarella cheese and the cooked chicken, then put some additional sauce (hot sauce or barbecue sauce). Put it back in the oven for an additional 3 to 5 minutes – this is to melt the cheese and to finish browning the crust a little. This is optional, but you can try serving it with a small cup of blue cheese dressing on the side for dipping.
Three healthy, simple meals that your kids will surely love. And at the same time of loving it, they do not realize that they’ve just eaten a lot of extra nutrients that only a mother’s loving, cooking hand can give him.