All day long, we, as moms, have to come up with breakfast, brunch, lunch, linner and dinner. Add to that snacks and the 'I don't like it!' factor, and we could spend the entire day in the kitchen trying to make these kids happy! I don't know about you, but I have better things to do! I keep a handful of ingredients on hand all the time just to make sure I can make my kids happy with little effort. Things like Tampico Juices, spaghetti, peanut butter and more.
Through experimentation, seeing fun things in cookbooks and online, and ideas that popped into my head, I have come up with 4 fail proof lunch or snack ideas for my kids that are always a hit! Add to these some Tampico Juices to wash it all down, and you have a great meal everyone loves!
These treats or meal time anchor are so easy and fun to make. You can get your kids involved too which encourages them to eat them once they are done. You can switch out the sausage for hot dogs or even cooked meatballs! Either way you serve them, kids will love these delicious, creepy spiders!
Link of Sausage
Spagetti noodles, uncooked
Break the spaghetti in half. Poke 4 through the sausage. Place in boiling water for about 7- 8 minutes. Let cool and serve!
Turkey and Cheese Spirals
These easy treats pack tangy and creamy into one bite. They are delicious looking, easy to pick up, and a favorite for kids and adults!
Thin sliced turkey breast, mesquite smoked
3 - 4 slices of cheese
Flavored cream cheese, I used vegetable
Lay out one piece of turkey and spread a small dollop of cream cheese on it. Add the slice of cheese and more cream cheese. Add another piece of turkey. Roll up and use a serrated knife to cut into small spirals.
Butterflies on a Log
These are a twist on Ants on a Log. My kids love anything butterfly, and so to add that twist just encourages them to eat more! A plus for a mom who only wants to make one meal or snack!
White Chocolate to melt
Melt a few squares of white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Drop one pretzel in at a time and coat. Set aside on a piece of parchment paper or foil. Place in freezer. While they are setting, cut the celery into 'logs'. Fill with peanut butter. Use a raisin for a the body and then, when set, add the 'wings' from the freezer!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Spirals
These are along the same lines of the Turkey and Cheese Spirals. This is a classic kid's favorite with a twist! Easy to make and eat, my kids finish more of these than they do of the plain PB&J sandwich!
Remove the crusts from the bread. Using a rolling pin, roll out the bread to a thin layer. Top with peanut butter. Put another rolled out piece of bread on top and spread the jelly on top of that. Roll into a log and slice with a serrated knife.