Welcome to our First EVER recipe for Kid’s Meal Mondays. This is a new series where every week I’ll share a family recipe from my Little’s lunch. Cooking for kids is NOT easy. Cooking for 7 kids under 5- let’s just say it takes talent, a great recipe, and some handy back carries.
Fixing a new recipe for your family isn’t easy- It’s even harder when you’re running a daycare.
To run a successful daycare, your are going to need to maintain three components when finding a new recipe:
- It needs to be affordable
- You need to fix it fast
- Your children should want to actually EAT it
For this week’s Kids Meal Monday, I’m going to share with you a quick and easy dish that your kids may actually eat: Sausage Zucchini Skillet!
The thing I love most about this dish is how incredibly versatile it is. First of all- you NEED that Italian Dressing. It’s a fabulous marinade and makes the vegetables tangy and delicious. I know what you’re thinking- salad dressing as a marinade? Trust me. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You can use almost any veggie from your fridge or garden. I’ve also been known to add sweet or white potatoes in too! (However, it will take longer to cook.) Don’t want to dirty a dish? Wrap everything in greased foil, fold over the ends (to seal it) and throw it in the oven! For Christmas, we were gifted this Red Copper Skillet and I’m obsessed. It’s easy to clean and is TRULY non-stick- without all the chemicals. I like the using my skillet for this recipe because it just cooks faster than baking. Besides, I like the sausage crispy before I add the vegetables.
The reason I love this recipe so much for a daycare is that even if the children don’t love every vegetable in it, they are still being exposed to them. They will ALWAYS eat the “hot dogs”. I try not to stress about my “picky eaters”. They are always required to have one “thank you bite”, and I know that the more exposed they are to new foods (even if they don’t eat them), the more likely they are to eventually be open to trying it.
Easy Sausage Skillet Recipe Ingredients:
- Keilbasa (My kids call it hot dogs- We like beef or turkey- it’s cheap at Aldi and defrosts quickly for a last minute meal)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Italian Dressing
Kids’s Meal Monday Quick Fix:
Dice everything. Mix zucchini and mushrooms (or whatever veggies you have on hand) and marinate in a bowl with Italian dressing. I probably used 1/4 of the bottle. Saute sausage until it starts to brown. Drain veggies, throw them in. In the last couple minutes, add the tomatoes. The tomatoes go in last so they don’t get too wilt-y or bitter.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! I served my Littles the skillet recipe with some fresh cut fruit and chips, and they were happy as clams!
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