Being a newly single dad can be challenging, especially if you are holding down a job at the same time. Whether you know how to cook or have rarely cooked, time will be a huge factor as to what you will be feeding your children. The one thing for the sake of your children that you want to avoid is taking the easy way out with fast food restaurants or processed foods. Don’t let your kids get lost in the world of McNuggets and boxed macaroni & cheese. Listed below are some favorites of kids that are fairly simple to create. Google any of the below foods and you will find a simple recipe as these are some pretty basics dishes.
Mashed potatoes – This comfort food favorite is popular with both kids and adults and truly is economical and easy to make. Potatoes, milk, butter, pinch of salt, a little elbow grease and done!
Pasta – 99.9% of kids like pasta. Some just like it plain with a little olive oil and Parmesan cheese and some like it with a marinara sauce. Pasta is a very economical dish that goes a long way. Find a basic marinara sauce recipe online and then add your own touches such as mushrooms, zucchini, meat, etc. Let the kids come up with their own creative ideas.
Hamburgers –We are not talking about the greasy ones that you get through the drive-thru’s (albeit convenient!) but the ones that you make at home where you control the ingredients. Use lean ground beef, turkey or chicken, add seasoning and serve on whole wheat buns. Most men love to grill so here’s your chance to shine. Be creative and add cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickles to the party! Make some yummy baked fries (sweet potato) to go along with your burgers, fresh and yummy!
Meatloaf – Find a good meatloaf recipe online. The great advantage to meatloaf for the single dad is that you mix all the ingredients together and let the oven do all the work. Serve with a veggie and some mashed potatoes and you are good to go.
Soft Tacos – Taco flavored ground Beef, cooked chicken or fish surrounded by warm corn tortillas with a little bit of lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa makes an all time favorite meal. If you feel ambitious, you could fry the tortillas for crunchy tacos but overall, the soft tacos are the healthiest way to go.
Baked potatoes – Baked potatoes are another economical and easy recipe. Wash some spuds, rub with olive oil and wrap in foil. Put them in the oven and let it do the work. You can add butter & sour cream when it’s time to eat or make a meal out of them by adding chili & cheese or broccoli and cheese. Again, let your kids come up with creative ideas.
Keep in mind that most people do not just grow up to be amazing cooks; it takes practice with a lot of trial and error. Don’t attempt difficult recipes and set yourself up for failure. Find simple recipes that you know you can be successful at and you will find in time that you will gain a new comfort level in the kitchen and dare I say… “Possibly enjoy it!”