It’s kid’s choice this week for dinner, and I’m using this Sunday to prep for it! With five weeknight meals to make and five kids, I can give each child their own chance to answer the daily question, “What’s for dinner?” The kids love getting their choice featured, and I feel good about giving everyone their favorite food each week.
Having to juggle a newborn’s unpredictable schedule for just about everything, I like meals that I can prep ahead a little bit at a time, whenever a spare minute allows. Ideally, I also need meals that only take about 30 minutes. The kids’ choices aren’t always the healthiest, but Dean and I are great at incorporating their selections into healthy dinner solutions. See what I mean in the dinner menu below that includes recipes inspired by Liam’s, Stella’s, Hattie’s, and Finn’s requests.
These Quinoa Coated Chicken Nuggets from Super Healthy Kids are a much healthier alternative to the traditional kid food fave, and Liam’s choice to kick off the week. These are baked, not fried, but are still golden and crunchy on the outside from the protein-packed quinoa “breadcrumbs” that coat them. Liam wants fries with his nuggets, so we will bake homemade sweet potato wedges to eat alongside them.
Stella’s Winter Chili is a favorite in our house and one of her favorite go-to meals. Instead of serving it the usual way though, we’re changing things up and stuffing the chili into these Double Yummy Chili Stuffed Potatoes from The Food Network. I know Stella (and the rest of the gang), is going to love this reinvented version of her dinner pick.
Wednesday: Hattie – Spaghetti and Meatballs
Hattie has loved spaghetti and meatballs since she wore this costume for Halloween! So, of course, that’s what she wants for dinner!! I am keeping things simple and going with this classic Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe by Martha Stewart.
With just a few ingredients, this dish comes together easily and quickly. To make it even healthier, I like to combine a mix of zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles) with traditional spaghetti. It’s a simple and fun way to add veggies to the meal.
Finn’s dinner vote is for mac & cheese. We are keeping things cheesy, but adding in some veggies with this recipe for Butternut Mac and Cheese from The Pioneer Woman. I love that I can prep the butternut squash ahead of time, and mash it up together when I am ready to throw the dish together.
Friday: Baby Beau
Beau can’t tell me what he wants to eat yet, but I do know that he’s happy when I am happy, so I am picking our last dinner meal of the week! I could live on sushi and be very happy, so that’s my choice to kick off the weekend. Homemade sushi is so fun (and easy) to make. You can change the filling based on what everyone wants, but I can’t wait to try this Avocado & Shrimp Sushi from MyRecipes.com (via Cooking Light). It is full of luscious avocado, another one of my favorite foods!
And there you have it — a week’s worth of meals, led by the kids’ choices! Do you create weekly dinner menus for your family? How do you incorporate your kids’ choices?+ Comment