Busy Weeknight Dinner Ideas for Kids
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Kids and mealtimes are like walking a tightrope. To make it that little bit easier, the Maxwell & Williams team share their easy recipes ideas for busy weeknights with kids. These quick meals pair perfectly with our new children’s dinner sets from our Australian artist collaborators, Pete Cromer and Sally Howell.
Jody Horvat – Logistics Assistant
My time after work is already pretty full with running kids to and from activities, so during the week I like quick, simple dinners that I know everyone is going to eat. One sure winner with the kids is homemade mini pizzas, using English muffins as the bases – I often have home-made ones but store- bought are just as good. We spread some tomato paste on the base, add whatever toppings we want and then they go in the air fryer for about 10 minutes. It’s a great way to use up any leftovers in the fridge and the kids can pick their own toppings, so it’s a fun thing to do with them as well. My son is gluten-free and lactose-free, and these little pizzas are a quick and easy option which is always a hit. Anything that can be on the table in 10 minutes is a hit with me as well!
Glenys Atkins | Account Manager NSW
The biggest struggle with feeding my grandkids on weeknights is getting dinner on the table prior to the witching hour. Scrambled eggs are my go-to – we’re lucky enough to have our own chooks in the backyard, so sourcing the eggs is a breeze. Our eggs have beautiful bright yellow yolks, and the kids love knowing their chooks laid them. I put some butter in a pan and let it warm up while I beat six eggs in a bowl until they’re fluffy. Then I whisk in a cup of fresh milk and some salt and pepper, and then it all goes into the pan. I keep stirring and flipping the eggs until they’re cooked to a nice consistency and they have that beautiful silky shine to them – it only takes a couple of minutes. They’re delicious on hot buttered toast and absolute perfection with a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Scott Rickard | State Sales Manager - QLD
At our house we always have the best intentions to plan our meals ahead of time, but sometimes our schedules or peak-hour traffic just get in the way. Priority one at the moment is trying to have a bit of variety in the meals my son Tyler will enjoy – we can’t just feed him sausages and chicken nuggets all the time! Pesto pasta is a solid fall-back on those nights when we have to wing it. We just drop the pasta into boiling water, let it cook for 8-10 minutes and then let it drain. The secret is cream cheese – we’ve always got some Philly or some Kraft cheese spread in the fridge – and we just stir it through the pasta and then add a spoonful or two of pesto. We put a little bit less pesto in Tyler’s so it’s not too strong, but he still gets the flavour and the bright green colour, which he loves.