Monday, October 12, 2009

Spaghetti Bolognese (Kid Friendly)

I tried the Spaghetti Bolognese recipe from the kid friendly cookbook and it was pretty bland. I ended up adding a cup of white wine, some garlic salt and a tablespoon of brown sugar. It still needed lots of salt & pepper at the table and a healthy sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Pretty easy to make though and very few ingredients.

And what did the kids think?

They ate it and that is good enough for me!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kid friendly Chow Mein

So, I am trying new recipes from a kid friendly cookbook called First Meals. I was skeptical at first. I mean, "kid friendly" food doesn't sound very appetizing. But I was desperate. The kids are going through a phase where they won't eat anything I make, and there is nothing more frustrating!

I tried a Honey Chicken recipe from the book last week, so easy peasy and both boys loved it. I love Chow Mein so I thought I'd give it a go. When I saw how many vegetables went into the dish I was a little worried that no one would eat it. I was wrong, all three boys (Joe, Dylan & Matthew) loved it so much we didn't have any leftovers. 

I have made many a stir-fry and think what made this dish a winner was the simplicity. The marinade was 3 ingredients: sake, soy and brown sugar. Also, I used veggies that I knew the boys would like. I ended up adding a little Sambal to mine for a little kick.

I have had this cookbook for almost 5 years and can't believe I haven't utilized it more! I am trying the Spaghetti Bolognese tonight.

p.s. another great book is Super Baby Food. Great recipe ideas in there and very healthy.

"Kid friendly" food you say... scary!

Only a few fresh ingredients.  
1. Marinate the chicken in the soy, sake and brown sugar
2. Cook your egg noodles (I used No Yolks)
3. Chop up the veggies

4. Stir fry the chicken (reserving the marinade) and then remove from the wok
5. Fry up the veggies
6. Add the cooked chicken back in the pan, add the noodles, some bean sprouts, corn (optional) and the reserved marinade, cook until all heated thru and marinade is evenly combined

Presto! You have delicious meal!

Matthew's verdict...

He likes it!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

3 Kids later..

OMG, I have totally neglected this site! We had a baby on September 1st and I have been walking around like a zombie - shirtless (nursing around the clock) and sleep deprived.

Once the dust settles around here I will definitely post some of the new recipes I am trying from a children's cookbook. It has been so hard feeding the kids lately, doesn't matter what I prepare they won't eat it. So I am experimenting with new child friendly recipes.

I hope to post something later this week!

Enjoy the Fall weather!