Friday, February 27, 2009

Kid Pleaser Recipes

I am always more willing to try a new recipe if it has a picture to go along with it. In this case...there isn't anything spectacular about the way that either one of these recipes looks in its final I guess it doesn't really matter all that much.

My baby who once would eat anything including PLAIN pumpkin puree (gross) is now super picky...she doesn't like eggs, potatoes (including french fries most days) or much of anything for that fact...with the unbelievable exception of chicken, rice and broccoli. I think she would eat that any day of the week all day long. In fact, anytime I ask her if she wants rice, she immediately adds broccoli to the equation. So, I have been looking for some easy and somewhat healthy things that she will eat. When I mean healthy, she loves fruit and veggies for the most part, but she doesn't really like spaghetti or casserole like most kids do...plain chicken and rice gets pretty boring all the time. I don't require it be tofu or tasteless sprouts, but something that does not have a zillion calories and 1000 grams of fat. Diedre gave us this recipe after Nalley had inhaled it for dinner at her house, and it has been a hit with the whole family. I don't make it often, but when I do, I know everyone will eat plenty.

{Kraft Dinner Taco Bake}

Brown 1 pound of lean ground beef, drain fat and add taco seasoning as if to make tacos.
Prepare 1 box of Kraft Dinner (KD for you Canadians or Kraft Mac and Cheese for you Americans) as per the directions....I always leave out the butter or margarine

Spread the mac and cheese in the bottom of a 9" baking dish, top with the taco meat. Spread some salsa on top of the taco meat (my family doesn't like chunky salsa so I blend it up first). Sprinkle shredded cheddar or mexican blend cheese on top and bake in the oven at 350 until bubbly.

That's it!

I made and canned homemade applesauce and apple butter this fall with the apples I was given from friends...gotta love those friends. I have always used applesauce when I bake to cut down on some of the excess fat. Growing up in the south, I LOVE apple butter spread on a nice hot biscuit, but I really don't make biscuits all that I was looking for some other ways to use this lovely apple butter. I found this recipe for Oatmeal Apple Butter Cookies...I modified it and it was a HUGE hit with Nalley. She ate 4 of them this morning as they came out of the oven...don't worry...I made them small so that she could handle them better.

{Oatmeal Apple Butter Cookies}

1/2 cup softened butter (not margarine)
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup apple butter (email me if you would like my recipe)
3 cups quick oats
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon each of salt, baking powder, and baking soda

Cream together the butter and brown sugar (it may look dry-ish), then add the egg and apple butter, mixing well. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and blend together well. Add the flour mixture and the oats to the wet ingredience and mix well until all of the dry ingredience are well incorporated. Spoon cookies evenly onto greased cookie sheets (I use silicone baking mats so that I don't have to grease the pans and I use a very small ice cream scoop to get them all the same size and shape) and bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.

Let me know if you try these recipes and if you like them or not...I always interested to see what other people think of the things that I like.

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