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Jul 18, 2010 6:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
They are age 2 and 5.

Their mother says this is what they like:
mac and cheese, chicken, rice, chicken nuggets, bread, pb & j, grilled cheese, pancakes, waffles, cheese, apples, cantaloupe, oranges, yogurt

Any ideas for kid friendly things I can make?

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Jul 18, 2010 7:01 PM CST
Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
Ours have always loved ribs. Cut them apart and not too spicy on the sauce. And corn on the cob!
Jul 18, 2010 7:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Great idea; we'll have corn on the cob available (and Iowa has the best). Plus tomatoes should be going good.

We don't see them that often and we just want them to be happy. We are going to buy some children size fishing poles for them to try fishing and we'll arrange a boat ride. We are so excited they are coming.

Thank You, Sue.
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Jul 18, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
It sounds your grandkids like the same things most little kids do. Prepare some of the things on their list, even if they seem a little bland and ordinary to you. The children will remember you for it! Prepare more adult dishes for the rest of the family, of course, and perhaps the children will want to try them. There was a time my niece, 3, and nephew, 6, ate cheese and Vienna sausages and pancakes. We made it though three weeks while their parents went to Europe, and by the time their parents came back, the children had chosen to like quite a few new foods.
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Quote | Post #320834 (4)
Jul 19, 2010 6:28 AM CST
Most all kids like pizza, fish sandwiches, sloppy joes, pigs in blanket or how about doggies on a stick for a change of pace.

Doggie on a Stick
[Last edited Jul 19, 2010 6:39 AM CST]
Quote | Post #321046 (5)
Jul 19, 2010 6:32 AM CST
Or, how about some Stuffed Pizza Crust

2 cans (13.8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated classic pizza crust
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 48 cubes
48 slices pepperoni (3 oz)
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce, heated

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray two 9-inch pie pans or one 13x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove dough from both cans. Unroll dough; starting at center, press out each dough rectangle with hands to form 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle into 24 squares.

Top each square with cheese cube and pepperoni slice. Wrap dough around filling to completely cover; firmly press edges to seal. Place seam side down with sides touching in sprayed pie pans.

In small bowl, combine oil and Italian seasoning; mix well. Drizzle over filled dough in pans. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 400°F. for 16 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm pizza bites with warm pizza sauce.
Jul 19, 2010 6:38 AM CST
Maple-Bacon Breakfast Rolls
A simple breakfast roll that accompanies eggs or fruit, these maple and bacon roll-ups start with Pillsbury® refrigerated dough for extra-quick prep.

Makes: 12 rolls

10 slices precooked bacon
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
3 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
5 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Microwave bacon as directed on package until very crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside to cool.
2. Generously spray large cookie sheet (dark cookie sheet not recommended) with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray, or line with cooking parchment paper. Unroll dough sheet on work surface; press into 12x8-inch rectangle.
3. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the butter and 2 tablespoons of the syrup with fork or wire whisk until smooth and creamy. Spread mixture evenly over dough, covering to edges. Finely chop bacon; reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish. Spread remaining bacon evenly over butter mixture. Starting at short end, roll up dough; pinch edge to seal. Wrap roll in plastic wrap; refrigerate 5 minutes to chill so dough will be easier to cut.
4. Unwrap roll; place seam side down on cutting board. Using serrated knife, cut roll into 12 (about 3/4-inch) slices. Place slices, cut sides up, on cookie sheet.
5. Bake 8 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Place waxed paper under cooling rack. Remove rolls from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix powdered sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon butter and remaining 3 tablespoons syrup with wire whisk until smooth. Drizzle icing over rolls. Garnish with reserved bacon.

15-Minute Chicken Soft Tacos

1 Tbsp. oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cups water
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Mild Salsa
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
3/4 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 6 min. or until cooked through.
ADD water, salsa and seasoning mix; stir. Bring to boil. Stir in rice; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes.
SPOON chicken mixture evenly onto tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Fold up sides of tortillas to enclose filling.

Cheeseburger Chili Mac and Cheese
4 servings

2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1 to 2 cups beef stock (depending on how liquid-y you want it)
1 pound whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp yellow cheddar (the sharper the better!)

Preheat broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta.

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the meat to the pan and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.

Add the onion and chili powder to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the onion is tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the ketchup, mustard and beef stock to the pot, bring up to a bubble and simmer until slightly thickened, 4-5 minutes.

While the chili is working, salt the boiling water and drop the pasta in. Cook to al dente according to package directions then drain thoroughly and return it to the pot.

Add the chili to the pot with the pasta and give everything a good toss. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the shredded cheese. Place the casserole under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese. Serve with a simple salad alongside

Pizza Slider Burgers
These may be mini-sized but they're big on flavor! Topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese -- add pepperoni slices and other toppings to order.

Makes 4 (2-burger) servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Basil Leaves
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground
1/3 cup pizza sauce or tomato sauce

1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

8 small dinner rolls

Pepperoni slices (optional)

1. Mix ground beef and seasonings in medium bowl until well blended. Shape into 8 patties.
2. Grill over medium heat or cook in nonstick skillet 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through (internal temperature of 160°F).
3. Top each burger evenly with sauce and cheese. Cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve burgers on rolls with pepperoni slices, if desired.
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Quote | Post #321057 (7)
Jul 19, 2010 7:03 AM CST
My grandkids love this but then if it's food, they will eat Anything. They aren't picky. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. (C below)
Pizza Casserole
16 oz. box Rotini or Penne Rigate pasta, Cooked
2 1/2 pounds browned hamburger;extra lean, drained
Chopped onion
3 - 15 oz. jars pizza sauce
6 oz. can tomato paste
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 t. sugar
dash of onion salt and oregano
6 oz. package sliced pepproni
4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese or I like using the shredded Pizza Blend cheese
Salt & Pepper

Grease casserole dish ( I divide the mixture up and make 2; 1 to eat at present and 1 for the freezer for just hubby and myself.
Brown hamburger with onion, salt and pepper. (you may add garlic if you wish but I leave out cause hubby doesn't care for garlic) Drain meat mixture.
Add the cooked pasta
In large bowl; combine pizza sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, onion, salt and pepper and oregano; I also add in some Italian seasoning but you may add your favorite spices

Layer in Casserole dish in order
First the sauce
meat mixture, pepproni
End layer with sauce and sprinkle with cheese
Bake in 350 deg. oven for 45 min or until cheese is melted and bubbling

This can be made in advance, kept in refrigerator or freezer.
After my hamburger is browned and drained I cut up my pepproni and add to meat mixture

To Freeze:
Let casserole cool completely; Place in freezer Uncovered.
Once frozen, cover the top with wax paper, then saran wrap and then Completely cover the casserole, dish and all, not just the top. Cut a large sheet of foil, lay on counter, place casserole dish in center and bring up sides of foil and completely cover your dish.
Jul 19, 2010 7:24 AM CST
Apple Cinnamon Waffles

3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 cup shredded apple (red or green delicious)
3/4 tsp cinnamon

In medium bowl beat eggs until smooth
Add milk, melted butter and vanilla to eggs, beat until well blended.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon.
Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the eggs. blend well.
Stir in shredded apple. Blend well.
Pour mix into waffle iron/maker. serve immediately or freeze for later use.

I double the batch, cook and cool them and then store them in a plastic container in the freezer, toast them in the mornings for breakfast.

Here's another:

Sloppy Joe Biscuits
Jul 19, 2010 8:12 AM CST
Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
And then there's my 6 year old Grandson. Saturday after noon he came in and said, "I am not ever eating anything green again and only eating tomatoes in catchup!"
Jul 19, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Pat, what kinds of things did your grandchildren grow to like during your stay with them?

Colleen, I definitely like the hot dog on a stick; they'll go for the novelty of that. I just hope they don't poke everybody with the sticks. I put the items on my grocery list. I like the idea of adding apple to the waffles . . more healthy.

I better ask about pepperoni, pizza sauce, salsa flavorings. If I make something they don't like DH & I will have to eat it for days after they leave. Hmmm . . . will that turn us back into kids? Hilarious!

The Sloppy Joe Biscuit Rounds look good but maybe I'll cut back on the onion and bell pepper. They seem to not want to have to chew meat so that would be good and they can hold it in their hands.

Thank you, all.

I know . . I used to have kids . . and for the life of me I don't know what they ate. I think I stood over them with a whip and ordered them to eat it whether they liked it or not. I don't remember catering to them.

After school they like taking a tortilla and putting refried beans and cheese on it; microwave and eat.
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Jul 19, 2010 5:27 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
2 and 5 - what fun!

Make sure you make them some pancakes with your special Diva wand - write their names on the griddle - make a heart!

Give them bowls of yogurt with faces in them made from berries or whatever veggies you have on hand.

Griddle those grilled cheeses and cut them into triangles - why? Cuz they taste better that way - LOL!

Slice a banana on a pb&j and see if the 7 yo will count the seeds in his/her nana slice :)

Most of all, have a blast with them !
Jul 20, 2010 5:03 AM CST
Kids go more for the simple things.........
Mac and cheese served with hot dogs or chicken nuggets or chicken strips, french fries, tator tots
Jul 20, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Coco and oven toast with lots of butter. .

One eyed Joe.

Tear a 2 1/2 in hole from the center of a slice of buttered bread.
place in skillet buttered side down.

Butter side two.
fill hole with large egg

Cook like fried egg and flip at the right time for who is getting the egg.
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Jul 20, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Ernie . . . another cute idea. I'll ask her if they will eat eggs and, if so, I'll do that one. When the 7 year old was around 3, I was really concerned. . . the only thing she would eat was cooked peas and bread! I asked and her mother said the pediatrician said not to worry about it. Wow . . . she wasn't underweight so she was OK? I guess she was because she is a beautiful little girl. Lovey dubby
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Jul 20, 2010 3:45 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I went through a phase when I was around 8 or 9 where all I would eat was cat kibbles. I remember Mom asking the doctor about it and him telling her not to worry. Then there was the year that the only fruit I would eat was lemons.

I remember also being told to eat what was put in front of me...Dad saying "your Mother is NOT running a restaurant". When did things evolve into parents asking their kids what they want instead of just making supper and putting it on the table?

(I still crave cat kibbles *Blush* )
Jul 28, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Why not make a special treat for afternoon or evening snack.
Everyone loves those Rice Krispies Treats and of course ice cream so combine the 2.

Rice Krispies Treats
Jul 28, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Cute idea; thank you!

I've printed out this thread and will take pictures of the kiddos eating to share with you all.
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Aug 1, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
creamsickle shake
1 orange
1 cup orange cream soda (mix orange and cream together to make 1 cup)
1/2 cup orange sherbet
1 cup creamy vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
whipped cream

using a sharp paring knife, cut the rind off the orange, starting at one end and folloiwng the contours of the orange, so you have 4 pieces of orange rind. set aside

add the peeled orange. cream soda, sherbet, ice cream and milk in a blender and blend unil smooth, bout 30 seconds. pour into four 8 ounce lasses. garnish each with a dolop of whipped cream and 1 orange rind piece.

this recipe calls for orange cream soda. we do not have the kind of soda here so i decided to just take 1./2 can of cream soda and 1/2 can of orange soda and mix them together. if they have orange cream soda in your area then just follow the recipe.


Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
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Quote | Post #340313 (19)
Aug 1, 2010 10:34 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Second ingredient?
What gets added to the Orange cream soda to make one cup?

I used to love creamsicles; This will be fun to make..
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