I really enjoy cooking for my family. My husband always says he will eat whatever I cook for him. Unfortunately, my three year old isn’t quite as willing to try my home cooking. He’s entered that stage where he thinks everything is “yucky”, even if he liked it yesterday. This can make meal times a challenge, and I’m sure finding kid friendly recipes is a challenge not only I am faced with.
I’ve learned there are three ways I can usually get him to try his food.
- Make it fun to eat or fun to make
- Imply it’s a “big kid” or “grown up” thing to eat
- Mild Bribery
If all else fails, then I make macaroni and cheese.
This week, while cooking organic meals on a budget, I used all of those techniques successfully to make sure my son ate what I had cooked. Breakfast was the fun food, lunch was macaroni and cheese with a quinoa twist, and dinner was a little bit of all three methods.
This week’s meals came in slightly over budget, which was a first for me. It was due to a mistake on my part for both the organic cauliflower and grapes. I was in a hurry to get in and out of the store failed to notice the price was per pound. My organic grapes ended up costing me over $12! Ironically, I bought them because organic strawberries are too expensive this time of year. With all ingredients and mistakes included, these three recipes totaled $26.86. Here is how much each of these kid friendly recipes came out to:
Breakfast- Organic Fruit Skewers and Honey Yogurt Dip $3.94
Lunch-Organic Quinoa Macaroni and Cheese $6.68
Dinner- Organic Grass Fed Beef Stew on Cauliflower Mash $16.24
If you want to make these kid friendly recipes to feed your own family this week, here is the shopping list. Be sure to check back for the complete recipes.
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It’s really fun to make this kid & budget friendly organic recipe.
What an incredibly useful post especially this time of year when we are all rushing back into the school schedule. I love using steamed cauliflower in recipes because my 6-year old doesn’t realize he’s eating veggies. I often make the simple, steamed cauliflower mash sprinkled with parmesan cheese.