We all know how difficult it is to keep up with cooking in a family home.
Kids can be very fussy with what they want to eat, and adults don’t always have a lot of time to make things.
The best advice you can get is to keep things simple and classic.
A little bit of experimentation every now and again is great to introduce your children to new things and to widen their palette. But, overall, you can’t go wrong with these classic dishes.
If you are worried about what to make for dinner today, or you’re stuck overthinking all your meal prep, have a look at this handy list and pick something for you and your kids for dinner tonight.
You simply cannot go wrong with spaghetti bolognese.
It is a classic dish that pleases both children and adults alike.
A great way to add more vegetables into the dish if you have some fussy eaters in your house, is to add the vegetables to your sauce and then blend them together. Your kids won’t notice the vegetables are there and so they won’t have any issues with textures, but they will still get all the valuable nutrients and vitamins they need.
Onions, carrots, fresh tomatoes and even cauliflower can be ideal for this.
A pasta bake is a great choice for spreading your cooking across multiple days and for meal prep containers.
It is cheap, easy, and still tasty when reheated.
It is also a great way, again, to hide vegetables. You can blend them into the sauce again here, or you cut them up into small pieces and hide them throughout the bake.
Cover it all with cheese and bake it in the oven, your children won’t even notice the hidden vegetables in there.
You can go with any fillings, sauce and type of pasta you want here. Switch things up to keep it from getting boring, and you have a versatile meal you can use over and over again.
If you want to add a bit of fun and creativity to dinner times, making mini pizzas is a great option.
It is much cheaper than ordering in pizza and you can make them as healthy as you want to.
You can buy pizza bases, make them from scratch, or use things like flatbreads, pitta breads or even just plain toast as your base.
Buy in a couple of different toppings and let your children design and create their own pizza.
This is the perfect way to keep dinner fun and keeping things from getting too repetitive.
Fajitas are easy and quick to make, and you can get plenty of vegetables in there.
Try preparing all the inside ingredients of a fajita and putting them in bowls on the table. Give your children the plain wraps and let them design their own fajitas.
Kids love when they can be involved in making their own food and it will encourage them to eat more and to try some new things.
Keep it fun and casual.
Eating out and ordering in can add up to a lot of money over time, especially for families.
It is also not very healthy when you don’t know all the ingredients in the food you are getting.
Try making your own burgers at home with just mince, onions, and all the toppings you would want on a burger.
Again, use this as an opportunitity for your kids to get involved in creating their own dinner, and let them have a little fun with it.