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3 ideas for a quick homemade meal-prep
If your children are still very young, you are likely to spend a fair amount of time preparing their meals. Let’s take a look at 3 ways you can quickly prepare your little one’s meals.
1. Bento boxes
Bento boxes help to add variety to your children’s meals. If possible, get your children involved by letting them choose the vegetables or fruits they want. This will increase the odds of them actually consuming what's in the bento box. Here are some suggestions:
1. Wash cherry tomatoes
2. Cut them at a 45 degree angle
3. Attach both halves together with a toothpick to form a heart shape.
1. Defrost and cut sausages into bite-sized pieces.
2. Starting in the middle of the sausage, cut into the end, creating 8 sections
3. Cook sausages (to make the legs curl!) and decorate with sesame seeds & mayonnaise.
1.Prepare rice for bento set
2. Cut seaweed into small pieces and shapes (to fit you masterpiece!)
3. Bento assemble!
If your child avoids vegetables, veggie smoothies can be a great option as it will somewhat taste like a milkshake.
Blend the smoothie well. Add more milk (or water) if it is too thick or use yoghurt instead of milk if you added a fruit with a lot of liquid, like orange. Use half milk and half yogurt for a creamier texture. Then, serve in a bowl or cup, and sprinkle some granola or a favourite cereal. If your child refuses to drink it, freeze the smoothies into popsicles!
3. Meals on a stick
In addition to frozen smoothies, here are two options for meals on a stick.
All that’s in these popsicles is yoghurt and thinly sliced fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and kiwi! You could explore other fruits such as mango, pineapple, peaches and raspberries.
How-to: Add a little yogurt to the popsicle mold and slide fruit slices down the sides if you want them to be visible. Add more yogurt and more fruit until the mould is full. Alternatively, you can chop the fruits into small pieces, combine it with the yoghurt, and then pour into the moulds and freeze. Remove the mold and serve with granola if desired.
These are great as a snack or as part of breakfast. All you need are:
How-to: Pour granola into a shallow dish or plate. Peel bananas, cut in half, and insert popsicle sticks. Dip into yogurt (or coat with a knife), then roll into granola and add-ons. Place on a parchment or wax-lined tray and freeze. Keep uneaten pops in the freezer!