Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three of My Kids' Favorite Meals

A friend recently asked me what my kids like to eat because she was tired of being stuck in a rut at her house. So I typed up these three meals my kids like. The first was one I picked up in England and is always a big winner with the kiddos. The second is pretty common, but my friend had never tried it.

1. Beans on Toast

1 slice of unbuttered toast per kid (unless they are age 7 or older, then they will likely need more)
1 cup of chopped ham
1 family size can of baked beans (like Bush’s)
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

Heat up the beans with the ham mixed into it. Have each child tear up their toast into bite size pieces. Spoon about 1/2 cup of bean and ham mixture over the toast pieces. Top with a sprinkling of cheese. I usually serve this with sides of baby carrots and fresh fruit.

2. Haystacks

1 cup of rice (+2 cups of water)
2 cups of cooked chopped chicken or pork
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of milk (use cream of chicken soup can)
1 medium carrot thinly sliced
1 stalk of celery thinly sliced
1/2 cup of onion finely diced (use food processor)
Other optional toppings: pineapple, green onion, and/or chopped nuts
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
Chow mien noodles

Bring the water and rice to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. In another pan place the meat, veggies, soup and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer while rice is cooking. To serve, place 1/3 cup or so of rice on plate and top with 1/3 cup of the soup mixture, a sprinkling of cheese and chow mien noodles. For extra picky eaters let the kids pick and choose what toppings they want to put on their rice.

3. Italian Dressing Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Italian salad dressing

Marinate the chicken in a little of the dressing for an hour in the refrigerator. Cook the chicken breasts on a grill (I use a George Foreman indoor one), adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of additional dressing to each piece of chicken while it cooks.

This is also good to make as shish kabobs. Let kids choose which veggies they want on their shish kabob along with the chicken. Add the additional Italian dressing to both the chicken and the veggies while grilling. Serve over rice.

Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 1:8


  1. I thought that beans on toast sounded British!

    We do the Italian dressing chicken by throwing it all in the crockpot. Serve over rice, noodles, or baked potatoes.

  2. My husband loves beans on toast but I haven't made it in years! I need to repent and do that. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I have never made ANY of these, so thanks for the ideas.

  4. Becky-we eat beans on toast all the time! It is my go-to meal to feed the kids when I need something quick besides a pb&j. I've never done it with ham, though. Sometimes I put a fried egg on top.


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