You see lots of posts and articles floating around the interwebs these days about light summer cooking and how to beat the heat with the mercury is on the rise. But what about meals that save your sanity? You know, the ones you need when you've run out of energy, the kids are making you a bit buggy and you want something that will make everyone happy, including you?
1. Ice Cream Sundaes for Dinner.
I don't think anyone ever died from malnourishment for eating only a bowl of ice cream for dinner. Set out an assortment of toppings and let the kids go to town with a make your own meal they'll be certain to devour.
2. Let The Kids Cook. Whatever They Want.
This might be hard for you, but let them make their own dinner. Don't necessarily let them make yours or you might you end of up with a bowl of plain yogurt and a glass of warm tap water ( I speak from experience), but let everyone make their own dinner. And when they come to the table with a peanut butter and aged cheddar sandwich, no veggies and half a can of root beer unearthed from the depths of the basement, just smile and say "That's looks interesting". It won't kill them.
3. Popcorn is a Grain.
Popcorn and apple slices make an excellent dinner. It's quick and easy and can be eaten indoors and out. Depending on the age of your kids, they might be able to make this on their own which is even better.
4. Cobblers and Crisps
'Tis the season to eat biscuit-topped fruit, so why not try it for dinner? It can be warmed, eaten cold and possibly topped with whipped cream. No one will complain and you'll feel good knowing there was something nutritional in their meal.
5. Lettuce-Free Salads
Salads don't wow my kids, but grated carrot, chopped cucumber, celery slices, hunks of cheese, croutons and hard boiled eggs do. Toss them all together in a bowl and call it lettuce-free salad night. Again, no one will care.
This is my kid's favourite dinner ever. Make your own tacos, pizzas, baked potato, etc. They love it all. Like artists at work, place random ingredients on the counter, provide them with their canvasses and let them at. You will be amazed by what they create and what they think makes a good food combination.