(crispy chicken salad made with chicken nuggets)
The other day, I was talking with some of my friends who have really picky eaters — and are often “forced” to make multiple meals each day in order to avoid temper-tantrums.
We’re not quite to that stage of life yet — however, I couldn’t help but think about how much I do NOT want to make two meals to satisfy the kids and the adults in our house (somedays I don’t even want to make one meal!)
Obviously, I think we need to encourage our children to continue trying new foods (and sometimes force them to just try ONE bite) but there might be other ways to please everyone and still get by with only one meal.
Below are three popular kid cuisines (chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and macaroni) and their adult-friendly alternatives… which means you don’t have to make two meals!
1. Chicken Nuggets / Crispy Chicken Salad
What is it with kids and chicken nuggets? It seems like every kid I know loves chicken nuggets.
So the next time you’re making this kid-friendly lunch, throw a few extra nuggets on for yourself… and then make a crispy chicken salad (see photo above).
This is actually one of our favorite quick meals when we’re in a hurry and nothing else sounds good. We always have tons of lettuce/spinach in our house, so we simply chop up the baked nuggets into small chunks, add chopped veggies, cheese, bacon bits, croutons, and our favorite dressing.
It’s quick, delicious, somewhat healthy, and should satisfy your adult tastebuds.
2. Grilled Cheese / Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Panini
All kids love a good grilled cheese sandwich — and in just a few extra minutes, you can also whip up a gourmet panini for yourself . Simply add a slice of tomato, fresh basil, and maybe some bacon or ham… YUM!
We make “paninis” on our George Foreman grill — they’re just as good as the sandwiches at fancy bistros, just without the expensive price tag!
3. Macaroni / Pasta with Pesto
Macaroni and cheese might not be the most adult-pleasing food, but the next time you make a batch for your kidos, scoop out a few plain noodles for yourself (before you add the cheese) and make a simple pesto sauce with fresh basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. Here’s a good pesto recipe to try.
Of course, you could also add alfredo or marinara sauce — the point is that you only have to cook one batch of pasta to please everyone.
I’m sure I could go on and on with different kid foods — but these three seem to be the most popular, and they all have such easy grown-up substitutions!
Do you have picky eaters? If so, I’d love to know if you have any other creative meal ideas to add to my list.
What are your favorite kid-friendly meals for adults?
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