7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves

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Evenings are often full of homework, extra-curriculars, laundry, and a whole lot of busy. Is it any wonder that it can be difficult to find time to make a meal? Give yourself a break this week! With a little bit of planning and preparation on the weekends, your home can be stocked full of ingredients for simple meals kids can make all on their own.

 

Chef Salad

Prepare salad ingredients for the week and store them in plastic containers in the fridge. Whenever the kids need a quick meal, they can pull everything out, build a salad, add a bit of dressing, and voila! Instant dinner.

 

Simple Sandwiches

Everyone has to start somewhere, and putting together a good old-fashioned PB&J is a great way to learn. Using a butter knife to spread ingredients over bread is a fabulous fine motor skill that even the smallest children can develop. And hey, the kids can get even more creative trying new combinations like peanut butter and bananas, hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries, or even something new like cream cheese and veggies. And don’t forget old favorites like ham and cheese; pre-sliced ingredients make for even easier prep!

 

Microwaved Bagel Pizzas

The microwave is usually an appliance older kids don’t need to be afraid of. Teach your children how to use your particular model and leave sticky notes with heating directions whenever necessary. Keep a few simple pizza ingredients in the refrigerator – sauce, pepperoni, shredded cheese, and bagels – and kids can make their own bagel pizzas and heat them in the microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

 

Quesadillas or Nachos

Plain cheese is nice, but if you plan ahead, you can provide the kids with shredded chicken, peppers, and other tasty additions they can place between a couple of tortillas (or layer on chips) and warm up in the microwave. Don’t forget to keep a bit of salsa and sour cream around for dipping!

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

It doesn’t get much easier than this – a little frozen fruit, yogurt, and some granola to top it off make a tasty parfait. Kids will love layering the ingredients and won’t need to come running to mom and dad for help!

 

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Purchase a simple Caesar salad kit from the grocery store, then spend a little time cooking chicken breasts and slicing them lengthwise. Kids can make a wrap in minutes with a tortilla, chicken from the fridge, and lettuces and dressings from the salad kit.

 

French Toast Skewers

Cut your next batch of French toast into cubes and store them in the freezer. When you’re busy and the kids get hungry, they can take some out, warm them in the microwave, layer them on a skewer with fruit, and drizzle with syrup. Yum!

 

Sometimes a busy parent just has to let the kids feed themselves! Try these ideas for no-cook breakfasts if your mornings need to be simplified.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.

 

1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.

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4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.

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5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.

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6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.

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7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.

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8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.

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9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”

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10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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Don't like cooking in summertime?  No worries!  You don't have to turn on the oven to make these delicious dinners!  Here's 30 scrumptious summer salads - one for each day of the month!

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Ah, summer!  Sunshine!  Beach trips!  Pools!  And heat… oh the summer heat!  If the idea of turning your oven on in the summertime heat makes you want to jump in the car for a night out, this gallery is for you!  There’s no better summer dinner than a salad, and nothing better to take along to a summertime party or BBQ.  But let’s face it, there’s only so many ways you can dress up a head of lettuce… or are there?  Are you looking for healthy summer grub?  A unique take on the veggie classic?  A way to kick your BBQ side dishes up a notch?  Here we’ve rounded up the best, most delicious salads from around the web.  Before you eat out instead of in, try one of these top 30 scrumptious summer salads.

Veggie-based Salads:

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

Summer Corn Salad

Cucumber Sunomono

Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Perfect Picnic Salads:

Red Bean Salad with Feta and Peppers

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Estrellita Salad

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Tortellini Picnic Salad

Fruit-based Salads:

Spinach and Mango Salad

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Summer Watermelon Salad

Avocado Pineapple Salad

Main Dish Salads:

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Salmon Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Summer Salad with Citrus Lavender Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Knockoff

Tangled Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Thai Tuna Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026273_spinach_cancer_brain.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/best-foods-kids-brains

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Brain-foods-help-send-kids-to-the-he-2138005.php

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200307/flavonoids-antioxidants-help-the-mind

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Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Turkey and Chicken Crockpot Meals

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Out of ideas and time for preparing hot, delicious dinners? No worries, if you break out your slow cooker. With just a little prep in the morning, you can have a delicious dinner waiting for you when you get home. It’s almost like having a live-in chef! And most recipes make enough for you to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, too.

Here are some of our favorite turkey and chicken crockpot recipes – but be sure to check out our recommendations for slow cooker meals with beef or pork. We even have a vegetarian slow cooker recipe roundup as well, whether you eat meatless all the time or only occasionally.

10 Poultry Crock Pot Meals via Tipsaholic

 1) Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash

2) Honey Garlic Chicken

3) Creamy Chicken and Biscuits

4) Chicken Tortilla Soup

5) Lemon-Garlic Chicken

6) Southwestern Two-Bean Chicken

7) Vietnamese Chicken with Bok Choy

8) Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

9) Sweet and Spicy Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew

10) Chicken Curry

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Pork Crockpot Meals

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Think your slow cooker is only good for soups and stews? Think again. With just a little prep in the morning, you can have a delicious, hearty dinner waiting for you when you get home. It’s almost like having a live-in chef! And most recipes make enough for you to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, too.

Here are some of our favorite pork crockpot dishes – but be sure to check out our recommendations for slow cooker meals with beef. We even have a vegetarian slow cooker recipe roundup as well, whether you eat meatless all the time or only occasionally.

10 Pork Crock Pot Meals via Tipsaholic

1) Pulled Pork

2) Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

3) Chinese Pork Roast

4) Red Beans and Rice

5) Jambalaya

6) Caribbean-Style Pork

7) Stuffed Peppers

8) Pork Vindaloo

9) BBQ Loaded Baked Potato Soup

10) Maple Brown Sugar Ham

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Easy Beef Crockpot Meals

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With our busy schedules, it’s often daunting to think about cooking a hot, hearty dinner for the whole family at the end of the day. But you really don’t have to, if you rely on your trusty slow cooker. With just a little prep in the morning, you can have a delicious dinner waiting for you when you get home. It’s almost like having a live-in chef! And most recipes make enough for you to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, too.

Here are some of our favorite easy beef crockpot meals – but if you eat meatless all the time or occasionally, be sure to check out our vegetarian slow cooker recipe roundup as well.

10 Beef Crock Pot Meals via Tipsaholic

1) Beef Chili

2) Burgundy Beef Stew

3) Vegetable Beef Soup

4) Italian Pot Roast

5) Hungarian Beef Goulash

6) Hearty Lasagna

7) French Dip Sandwiches

8) Barbacoa

9) Beef and Broccoli

10) Chipotle BBQ Beef

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Meatless Crockpot Meals

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Trouble finding slow cooker recipes appropriate for full- or part-time vegetarians? Don’t worry: Tipsaholic has got you covered. You don’t need to load your crockpot with meat to enjoy easy, slow-cooker meals. Here are some of our favorite vegetarian slow cooker recipes.

10 Vegetarian Crock Pot Meals via Tipsaholic

1) Leek, Potato and Spinach Soup

2) Vegetarian Lasagna

3) Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Pepper Biscuits

4) Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Sauce

5) Poblano Corn Pudding

6) Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pine Nuts and Currants

7) Spanish Rice

8) Garlic-Artichoke Pasta

9) Ratatouille

10) Mac and Cheese

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.