Almost Instant Kid-Friendly Meals

….that do not include the microwave.

Once, when my middle child was very young, the microwaved ‘dinged’ and she said “my dinner’s ready!” I was mortified. It was a wake-up call that I needed to be cooking real food and quit nuking my kids a . However, as much as I would like for everything my kids to eat to be all natural, made from scratch, etc., sometimes you need dinner NOW – and if you haven’t planned for it b/c you were too busy pinning healthy meals on Pinterest, then you have to have a back up plan. Oh, is that just me?!

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Honey, can you pick up Pizza? I've been busy pinning nutritious recipes for our family all day.
That’s one option, OR, you can throw together these little meals quick, fast and in a hurry….
My kids love these, and they are SO simple to make.  All you have to do is flatten out your canned biscuits, add your fillings (in our case, ham and cheese), seal the edges and bake!
Serve with fresh fruit and veggies…Done! We had carrot sticks and strawberries.  These are also nice and portable in case you are really late for ball practice and need to eat on the run.  Not that I would know about that.  ahem.

sorry about the pics….my “good pictures” were lost on my crashed computer.
This looks like a lot more work than it actually is.  It’s canned pizza dough (but you can use any dough you like).  I unrolled the dough, added toppings down the middle – this one is just cheese, b/c my kids are NOT adventurous eaters – and then use a pizza cutter to cut abt 1 inch strips on each side of the dough, about 4 inches in.  There is an excellent tutorial .  Trust me, it’s super easy. Wrap the dough over your fillings, then bake.
It’s tasty, looks impressive, and serve with a salad and fruit – you’re done!

Tortilla ‘pizza’. 
Another super easy and versatile meal.  I use whole wheat tortillas, this no-cook pizza sauce, and cheese. We eat a lot of cheese around here.  Cheese, milk, and yogurt are my kids main source of protein. Plus peanut butter for my girls.  They just don’t eat much meat.  The girls do better than my son, he won’t eat hardly ANY meat, other than a fried chicken nugget 🙁   *sigh*
The good thing about tortilla pizzas is that you can make a ‘grown up’ version for yourself.
This is buffalo chicken. My fave!  
Now, I could have waited for this to cool, cut it into pretty triangles, placed in on a nice plate, so I could take nice looking photographs. But, this is me, keepin’ it real 😉  Serve your quickie meals on a paper plate,and then you will have a quickie clean up!
So these are just a few simple meals that can be thrown together on the fly.  Not the healthiest meals that could be served, but not horrible. I’ve done worse :/

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4 thoughts on “Almost Instant Kid-Friendly Meals

  1. I'm so hungry right now. I've been staring down this banana I have for a snack for like an hour. I want to eat, because I'm hungry. But I can't stop thinking about candy. Anyway! That ham and cheese melt looks delish. I sometimes do that with the biscuit dough and experiment with the fillings. The best I think was when I put pesto, feta, pepperoni, olives and a sprinkling of mozzarella. It was like heaven in my mouth.

  2. Love the bake ideas…I do a lot melts too, a hot fav with my younger one. If the dinner is not to his liking, I occasionally whip up a cheese melt for him.

  3. Just for kids? I am 86 (and a half) years old. I Love this stuff, and I love the ease of fixing it.

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