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Old 11-17-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Kid-friendly meals in 15 minutes or less?

Moms and dads: What's your go-to fast weeknight dinner recipe? My busy night of the week is Wednesday, and I usually just put on a crockpot meal so dinner will be ready when I get home. I would love to have some other alternatives, though. Anyone have a great and fast kid-friendly recipe you wouldn't mind sharing?

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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How about fettuccine Alfredo? The sauce will be ready by the time the water boils and the pasta cooks.

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Old 11-17-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
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Beanie weinie: Cut up a package of hot dogs (or you can leave them whole), and heat in a pot with a can or two of pork & beans until the hot dogs are plumped up. I like hot dogs heated this way because the liquid they absorb is the juice from the P & B.

Grilled cheese and soup.

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Packaged mac & cheese with ham. You can buy ham already cut into chunks that are tasty and relatively inexpensive. Add broccoli florettes to the macaroni boiling water for a complete meal.

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Old 11-17-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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another pasta lover here for a quick kid's meal.

you can make meatballs (which are easy to chew and digest for a little one) ahead if time and freeze in sauce.

while the pasta is boiling, use the nuker to defrost meatbslls and sauce a little, then transfer to a pot to finish defrosting and reheating.

start with a bagged salad and baby carrots, celery sticks, and strips of a red bell pepper with your kid's favourite salad dressing for dipping.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:36 AM   #5
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Mad props for the beanie-weenies! That was one of my favorites as a kid and I'll admit that I still occasionally make it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:06 AM   #6
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lol @ beanie weenies.

i remember telling my mom that i thought i'd be a really good cowboy when i grew up because i loved hot dogs cut up into baked beans. i guess i thought that's what cowboys ate everyday.

yes, it was only a few weeks ago...
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:48 AM   #7
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I have many of these quickie dinner nights you speak of. I like to do quesadillas with cheese and refried beans. They like to dip them in sour cream and/or taco sauce. A side of spanish rice completes the meal for us. Also, sometimes I just throw together a bunch of healthy snack-type stuff and call it dinner, they tend to want to eat light at dinner anyway. I'll do pretzels with peanut butter, sliced apples, berries, cheese, yogurt, etc. On these nights me and the hubs usually just heat leftovers for ourselves.

Above suggestions are great as well!
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:19 AM   #8
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I pre-chop veggies when I make a roast or chicken on Sunday. This makes for a quick stir-fry later in the week using leftovers. I will use rice noodles (they are faster to prepare than rice). With the veggies done, stir fry and noodles can be ready in 15 minutes.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:22 AM   #9
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Two of our daughter's favorite quick meals growing up were Tuna Melts and Beans & Rice.

For the tuna melts, just mix two cans of drained tuna, a little celery and onion, dill relish, and mayo. Slather some on a bun with grated cheese and put it under the broiler for 5 minutes. Good to go.

Beans and rice was equally simple, though it probably takes 20 minutes to cook the rice. I just put the rice on to cook first,and then open a can of black beans, a can of tomatoes, and a tablespoon of chili powder. Heat it up and spoon it over the rice.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:52 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by GiddyUpGo View Post
Kid-friendly meals in 15 minutes or less?
That would depend on the length of the line at the drive-thru.

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