I’ve had negligent Mom guilt this week – working and traveling too much – and so I’m trying to focus more attention on my 6 year old. That includes dinnertime, so I’ve come up with some recipes that I know will make him happy – pasta and burgers and French toast on a stick. Because sometimes it has to be all about him… and satisfying my inner 6 year old at the same time.
How brilliant are these? French toast, bacon and fruit threaded onto bamboo skewers to eat with your fingers. So fun! Beats pancakes for dinner any day of the week.
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Noodles and bacon are always a hit around here – finely shaved Brussels sprouts make a delicious addition, and a great way to get your veggies in. It can always be omitted for the Brussels sprout Intolerant.
Pasta with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
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This calls for a spice rub and Schultz’s Gourmet hot sauce, which may be hard to find in Canada, but I find any barbecue rub a suitable replacement, and Franks Red Hot is perfect for buffalo sauce! Dial it down a bit for more sensitive palates.
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The boys love salmon, and little cakes – these crispy patties are made with canned salmon, and Indian spices, which can be left out for those with more sensitive palates. For the grown-ups, they’re great served atop a salad or bed of fresh spinach.
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Rather than order pizza, a big batch of creamy mac & cheese is simple to stir together, and satisfies everyone’s need for cheesy comfort food. A big bagged salad is all we need to make it a meal. (And maybe a pint of good ice cream and a few spoons!) To ramp things up, try stirring a torn handful of spinach into the finished pasta, or a few chopped sun-dried tomatoes, or sprinkle the top with a few crumbled slices of cooked bacon. Cubed leftover ham and frozen peas make it more substantial.