Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Eating in a hurry

There comes the time when your kids neat to eat, and they need to eat fast. Take a look at these great ideas.

Fast food at home

By: Nicole Dean
Kids have to eat. Three meals a day, every day. All moms know how important it is to have an arsenal of quick meals handy. You never know when you’ll have to put healthy food on the table in a hurry, or when you need ideas so dad can help.

Dunk It
Lucky for us, kids love dip. Cut some fresh cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, celery, and bell peppers and serve them with ranch dressing. Even finicky veggie-haters will eat their veggies with dressing on them.

Saved by a Sandwich
Start with two waffles, an English muffin, bagel, croissant, or a hotdog, hoagie or hamburger bun. Simply add jam, peanut butter, fruit slices, meat, hummus, veggies, eggs, or cheese. The possibilities are endless.

Oodles of Noodles
If you’ve got noodles, you can make a meal. Add some salad dressing and some meat, garbanzo beans and veggies and you’ve got pasta salad. Or, start with noodles and add a little butter and parmesan cheese to make buttered noodles. And, there’s always the classic standby - add pasta sauce and a dollop of cottage cheese onto noodles and you just made lasagna.

Wrap It Up
If you’ve got tortillas and leftovers, you’ve got a wonderful meal. Warm up your leftovers and wrap them up in a tortilla with some cheese. Voila! Leftovers Burrito.

Spuds from Heaven
Potatoes are a meal waiting to happen. Microwave a potato, pile on cheese of any sort (cheddar, mozzarella, cottage cheese) and some meat, veggies, or even salsa or sunflower seeds, and you have a delicious dinner.

Soup Warms the Soul
Fill a pan with broth and veggies. Then, just throw in whatever you have in the house, meat or beans, leftovers, a can of diced tomatoes, noodles or rice, and spices. You just made soup in minutes.

Turn the Day Upside Down
You can have breakfast any time. Cereal, eggs and bacon, waffles, or pancakes. Breakfast is always better at night.

Next time you’re in a position to make a meal in a hurry, refer back to this list and presto — you’ll have dinner on the table in minutes.

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Visit http://www.freequickrecipes.com/ for more food ideas. And, if you’re looking to save money by making frugal meals, visit www.freequickrecipes.com/frugal-cooking.php.

There are the times when fast just isn't fast enough. My children get on the bus early and go to school to eat breakfast, but this morning they couldn't wait for breakfast at school. They got up and made their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, and didn't even get it on their clothes or all over the counter. Now that's fast food!

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