Hot dogs, pizza, KD, grilled cheese, spaghetti, perogies and ketchup. That's what my kids would eat 7 days a week if I would let them. Notice a theme - wheat and sodium. I don't know that I intend to fully get them wheat-free even if I could. And they definitely don't need to be as low-carb as me but I want to get them eating less wheat and sugar and more veggies. That means I have to keep coming up with new ways to get them eating different items that are "clean".
|Wheat and Gluten-Free corn spagetti with nitrate-free hot dogs. Served with veggies and organic marinara sauce. A hit!|
I saw this idea on Pinterest (from www.quick-dish.tablespoon.com
) and I don't know why but I just got a real kick out of it and had to try and clean it up. I substituted regular wheat noodles with corn spaghetti (see this post
for non-wheat alternatives to spaghetti). I used gluten free, nitrate free hot dogs. It earned me a big belly laugh from my five year-old and she is still trying to figure out how I got the noodles through the hot dog. I got supermom status for a few fleeting minutes. She thinks I poked holes and fed the soggy noodles through - obviously by all the yelling I do I don't have that much patience girl!
This isn't the cleanest healthiest meal I could make but its a step in the right direction. And they cleaned their plates. And they laughed. I also saw a "craft" on Pinterest that I got them to do while I was preparing dinner.................hope it helps you with the daily battle of keeping yours fed and busy. Happy Monday!
|I know - its kinda gross but if I were a kid I would love this. I didn't actually try it because of the carbs but they cleaned their plates so it must have been good.|
|Don't show them this step if you want them to think you have superpowers. Just cut a hot dog in about 5 pieces and push 8 pieces of un-cooked spaghetti through each piece. Cook spaghetti as per package directions.|
|Gently place the hot dog/spaghetti sticks into the pot and wait until the noodles soften to push the other half into the water. Make sure you only have it on a gentle boil or some of the noodles will break off. That's all there is to it. Use tongs to remove from water. Drain and serve.|
And while the kids are waiting for dinner have them do this craft...................................
|My three year old using a medicine dropper to pour a solution of vinegar and food dye on some baking soda - INSTANT FIZZY ART. Fun, fun, fun!|
|Just mix some vinegar and food dye to make some "paint". Put some baking soda on a plate or some kind of container. Let them use a medicine dropper to make FIZZY ART. |
|They had a good time and it was a pretty easy clean up so we were all happy!|
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