Heather Cupp, a Registered Dietitian working for Riley Hospital, is our guest blogger today. She is a busy mom of two children and knows the stresses of evening meals. We hope that her healthy ideas will inspire your future dinner creations!
Bored with dinner? Need some easy meal ideas that your family will love? You’ve come to the right spot! With afterschool practices, games, and other activities finding healthy, creative, and quick dinner ideas can be challenging. So, here are a few fun ones:
Roll-up: Tortillas and flat-breads are fun to make dinners with your kids. Try a flat bread spread with peanut butter then topped with a banana rolled up for a delicious treat. Don’t forget the other food groups! Adding a glass of milk and some raw veggies with dip completes this delicious meal.
Easy Pizza: 1 whole grain English muffin topped with tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, and cheese for each person. Add a side salad and mix some berries with yogurt for a dessert. You could also have a fun day with the kids by buying some dough (already made or mix), setting out a variety of toppings, and letting them make their own individual pizzas!
Leftover: Be creative with leftovers. Use chicken to make quesadillas or BBQ chicken sandwiches. Leftover ground beef or turkey can be made into sloppy joe’s, patty melts, or taco salad the next day. Use leftover pork roast to make pulled pork sandwiches, quesadillas, or wraps. You can also be creative by adding these to a salad.
Shape, Alphabet, or Other Themed Meals: A “c” themed dinner could include a chicken sandwich with cheese, cucumber slices and carrot sticks on the side with fresh cherries for dessert. A circle theme would have crackers, reduced fat cheese cut-outs, melon balls, cherry tomatoes and other circle foods. Or try an ocean theme: tuna salad with goldfish crackers, broccoli trees with dip and blue Jell-O with fruit for dessert.
My family loves when I make these quick, easy, and delicious meals for dinner. I hope yours does, too! Enjoy!