Cooking lunch for the little ones every day seems impossible, especially if we also have to work. Here's how to get organized
Spend whole days at home with children it is beautiful, intense and very demanding.
It is a time of growth and sharing for the family, but it is important to organize well to maintain harmony and serenity, especially if mom and dad must also work.
Let's start from kitchen, because to bring something to the table that puts everyone in agreement you need to have a plan: a few simple ingredients always available and a lot of imagination.
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We propose you 5 very versatile recipes that you can transform according to your needs.
These are ideas that children really like: two first courses, two second courses and a dessert which are actually much more.
To prepare them, all you have to do is organize yourself with a small expense and otherwise improvised.
We will give you some suggestions.
In a few steps you will put everyone around the table without too much effort.
First rule: smart shopping
What should never be missing in the pantry, especially when there are children at home for many days, they are pasta and pasta for all tastes, but also potatoes, cereals and bread as a source of carbohydrates.
Then eggs, glass tuna and smoked salmon for any sandwiches, meatballs, omelettes and pies.
They must not be missing fruits and vegetables that I am always a joker for snacks as well yogurt, the chocolate and the dried fruit.
With i legumes creams, pastes and meatballs can be prepared, then stock up on them.
Finally, White meat always keep in the freezer already portioned e fresh cheeses.
Baked pasta or mac & cheese
All kids like it stringy baked pasta and also to adults.
It is a recipe that can have a thousand variations, but the classic one includes cooked pasta drained al dente, seasoned with simple tomato sauce or the Bolognese ragu, parmesan and mozzarella and then cooked in a pan in the oven.
Someone adds the bechamel to make it more creamy, someone does it in white, perhaps with le vegetables and you can also do it in small single portions more suitable for children.
A very special baked pasta that comes from the United States is the famous one Mac & cheese, very tasty because prepared with cheddar cheese which also gives it a fairly intense yellow-orange color.
Children are crazy about it.
Do not forget that the characteristics of the baked pasta are the external crunchiness, the internal creaminess and the stringy cheese, so do not be shy with the seasonings!
Vegetable broth, but not only!
Prepare an abundant simple broth of mixed vegetables, with chard, courgette, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, spinach and cherry tomatoes.
Use it after filtering it to prepare pastries of all kinds that children always like a lot, especially if enriched with parmesan or cream cheeses.
You can also add to the hot broth a beaten egg to get the classic stracciatella, a single and substantial dish, full of energy.
Always with the broth you can blend and cook a risotto, or a orzotto if you want to use a slightly unusual cereal for a creamy soup.
Finally, by blending it with its own vegetables you will get a kind of past very light.
Vegetable broth is always a joker. If it keeps, keep it in the freezer.
Meatballs rich with vegetables
With vegetables cooked in broth you can do many things, so don't throw them away.
You can season them with oil and salt for a fast side dish, you can blend them and put them in the broth as said before, you can use them to make an omelette or pies and finally you can add them to the dough meatballs.
At the base of the meatballs, which can be the one you prefer between meat, fish or legumes, add the coarsely crushed vegetables and then one egg every 300 g of dough, salt and pepper and about 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.
Work everything by adding breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs to create a compound that is easy to work with your hands. Make meatballs not too large and cook them in the oven or in a pan.
In addition to the minced white meat or beef, you can use fish for the base, as cod fillets or canned tuna, or cooked and smoothie legumes.
Tortillas and omelettes
With a omelette we always agree and preparing it is really very easy.
A recipe that children like because it is rich in potatoes and also very complete and substantial, is the classic one Tortilla Of Potatoes Spanish, which is a slightly different way of bringing eggs to the table.
You can also enrich it with diced ham and cheese although the classic recipe does not include them, but children like them very much.
Other omelettes that are very easy to prepare are those that are made in the oven, because they do not break and remain beautiful, compact and slightly greasy.
Try the ricotta cheese which is prepared by beating 6 eggs with 200 g of well-drained ricotta, a pinch of salt and a spoonful of Parmesan. Enrich it with sliced boiled potatoes, or with vegetables to taste sautéed in a pan or even with aromatic herbs to give a touch of perfume and flavor.
Pour everything in a not too large baking mold lined with parchment paper and let it cook at 180 ° in a static oven for about 15 minutes, until the mixture has become beautiful and firm.
Fruit and chocolate
A winning combination for the dessert is that between fruit and chocolate because children like both.
The easiest recipe to prepare is the classic one Chocolate Fondue in which to dip fruits of all kinds with wooden sticks.
You can also simply cover the fruit with the melted chocolate and chopped dried fruit and let everything solidify to obtain healthy and delicious chocolates.
You can, always with melted chocolate, create some fruit salad bowls making a super fun game.
What you need to do is inflate small balloons and then dip them halfway into the melted chocolate holding them with a finger on the closure.
Let cool well and then pierce the balloons. What will remain after the "explosion" will be bowls of chocolate to be filled with fruit, yogurt, cream or ice cream.
Always with fruit and chocolate you can garnish slices of bread to make some sweet bruschetta or you can make gods smoothies.
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