Simple everyday meals

Things you can make for a quick snack. Things that take less than 5 minutes to prepare, and that children will eat!

I’ve got pancakes, and farl. Anyone got anything else?

@Jeffrey
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Chia seed pudding: just pour some milk in a mason jar, add chia seeds, shake, then let is sit for a couple hours. You can add vanilla, coco powder, and sugar for extra flavor. Chia seeds are really healthy, hydrating, and will make sure your kids are getting protein, iron, and the omega-3 fatty acids they need.

Apples with peanut butter, or bananas with peanut butter are really easy and healthy snacks that kids love.

Popcorn (loose kernels, not individual bags) kids love popcorn, it’s just fun. You can use an airpopper or a microwave bowl to make healthy popcorn, then season it. The pre-packaged microwave bag popcorn you’ll find in stores invariably has a lot of hydrogenated oils and trans-fats, so avoid feeding that to your kids. Loose kernels are also dirt cheap.

It takes about 10-15 minutes to make, but if you have an air fryer, try frying up some broccoli florets. If you add salt and pepper kids will chow down on this stuff.

Try introducing nutritional yeast into your kids’ diets, too. It’s loaded with protein, fortified with vitamins, and has a mild cheesy/buttery flavor, so it’s the perfect condiment to sprinkle in pretty much anything your kids are eating. You can even get them to put it in ketchup for when they’re dipping nuggets or fries.

@jazzfes
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For the chia pudding: what ratio of milk and chia seeds do you use?

@Jeffrey
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To be honest I just eyeball it. Most of the time I drink chia seeds in a tea, which is thinner, instead of making pudding. After looking at a few recipes I probably use 2:1 - 3:1 milk to chia seeds by volume.

@jazzfes
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Great, thanks, will give it a try

@roastpotatothief
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I’m not sure I’ve seen a chia seed in my life. We come from different cultures I guess.

We however eat popcorn. Lots of it. We don’t use any fancy machines, we fry the kernels in lard or butter.

@copacetic
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Pretzels are our default snack on the go. We just grab a few at the bakery and off we go. Mostly a southern Germany thing though.

For warm meals, we have Maultaschen. Simmer in broth for a few minutes and it’s ready. In other parts of the world, there are variations of stuffed pasta.

@jazzfes
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Maultaschen are awesome! I also used to eat them cut in slices, fried and mixed with egg and onions.

@jazzfes
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Quesadillas are quite popular over here!

The other low effort dish is bolognese: find a good pre-made tomato sauce in a bottle, have some minced beef ready, fry the latter and add sauce. Easy and pretty tasty if you find a good sauce.

Other than that if you can get them into fruits and nuts and such things they are naturally super quick. We leave always a larger bowl of fruits in our kid’s reach and he self serves mostly.

@roastpotatothief
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wick3dr0se
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PB&J, pre-cooked nuggets, cold cut sandwichs

I make lots of hamburger/potato and egg hash for left overs and feed it to the kids a couple meals. Not fast initially but if you can store it properly, you just have to heat it. I cook canned stuff straight in the can on the stovetop in our house. It’s quick and you only need silverware. I usually find myself trying to cut out the dishes more than anything

@mrpalmer16
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Ants on a log (or raft) is always a hit in our house.

@copacetic
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The bare necessities. Maybe try a few…

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