If you’re pressed for time, but still want to serve your kids meals that they’ll love (and that’s good for them), you’ve come to the right place. Quick kid friendly meals don't have to be bland or packed with salt, sugar, and fat. These ideas and quick tips will free up time preparing the kids meal so you can enjoy mealtime together. In fact, research shows, when families eat meals together, regardless of what they ate, they functioned better as a family. Family meals, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, create bonds, help model healthy food behaviors, and even help develop self confidence in children. We’ve got kids meal ideas that will get you out of the kitchen and sitting at the table together in less than ten minutes.
Ten-minute kids meals don't have to be complicated: make a sandwich! There are tons of easy recipes that kids can make. One of them is to grab an English muffin, bagel, or bread and top it with sliced turkey and cheese. Pop it in the toaster oven or on the skillet for a few seconds until the cheese is melty. Out of turkey? No problem try tuna or ham. Have an apple on hand? Add a few apple slices to the sandwich for a sweet, juicy crunch! Four food groups in one sandwich in under ten minutes? That’s a win.
Breakfast for dinner is the ultimate “mom hack” (or “dad hack”). Whip up scrambled eggs and toast. Serve it with orange juice for a fun surprise ending to your kids’ day. If you’re even more pressed for time, try Yumble’s breakfast meal, with turkey sausage and scrambled eggs. Breakfast dinners are quick kids’ meals that can be a great end or start to their day.
Stir Up Soup
Having a few simple ingredients on hand can help you create a warm, filling, dinner that kids are sure to love. In a pot add your favorite can of stock or broth, a can of crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce, a frozen bag of Italian veggies, or frozen diced peppers, a few sprinkles of pizza seasoning (oregano, garlic, onion, and basil), and a few handfuls of cooked rotini noodles. Let it warm for a few minutes and you’re ready to enjoy pizza soup. Top it with shredded mozzarella cheese for even more pizza goodness. Soup is easy to batch cook, making it a great choice when it comes to healthy meals for busy families.
A few pantry staples can also turn into a great salad. In a large bowl, combine a can of chickpeas, corn, and diced tomatoes. Be sure to drain and rinse the beans and corn well to reduce the sodium. Have a few carrots on hand? Grate them in. Cucumber in the fridge? Chop it up. Toss all the veggies together in your favorite dressing and serve! You can serve this colorful, quick salad with tuna, canned salmon, a rotisserie chicken or Yumble’s yummy barbecue chicken and cornbread dinner for a complete meal with extra protein & grains. Give it a fun name like Polka Dot salad or Rainbow salad to make it enticing for picky eaters. For more ideas on how to get your picky eater to eat their fruits & veggies, check out these healthy meals for picky eaters.
Mac & Cheese
Mac and cheese is another ten minute kids meal. It’s a favorite of picky eaters. Who doesn’t love macaroni & cheese? It comes together in under ten minutes and is a blank canvas for anything else you may want to add. Meatballs? Broccoli? Chicken? Toss it in! If your kids love mac & cheese, try some of Yumble’s easy, veggie packed macs. They have tons of different types- all sure to please your picky eater! Try cheeseburger mac, meatball mac, mac & trees, or gluten free mac & nuggets!
Yumble can help you give your kids quick kid friendly meals that you feel good about serving. A kids meal delivery service, Yumble provides variety, convenience, and nutritious meals made just for kids. When kids’ meals are served in less than ten minutes and your kid eats the whole thing, it makes more time for fun together.
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