We’ve all been there, the daily struggle of balancing work, kids, commuting, extra-curricular activities before being posed the daily question of ‘what’s for dinner?’. The good news is that even though you may not have a clue what to make, it doesn’t matter what it looks like.
New research from Perfect Italiano has actually just found that 91% of Aussie parents would rather have empty plates at the end of meal times over Instagram-worthy dishes. Below are some tips on how to achieve those empty plates and ensure your kids leave the dinner table with full and satisfied bellies each night.
Tip #1: Embrace and love the ooey, gooey, overflowing and crunchy bits that come out when you’re cooking dinner.
Although they may not look the best, they are undoubtedly the tastiest part and is what will have your kids coming back for seconds. Don’t put pressure on yourself to create a masterpiece because it’s usually the worst looking dishes that taste incredible.
Tip #2: Keep things interesting!
Dinner time doesn’t have to be a chore and there are plenty of ways to ensure you and the kids are satisfied. Italian Spaghetti Bolognese and Meatballs, Mexican Baked Enchiladas, Aussie Parmigiana…the options are endless! You can also get the kids involved in the decision-making process so they’re more inclined to love the food that you dish up.
Tip #3: Let your kids help with dinner prep.
This will not only help them understand how to make balanced meals and see exactly what goes into their dinner, but it also will encourage them to be proud of helping and the end result. By getting your kids involved, you can help them also understand that it’s what on the inside that counts and it doesn’t matter how things look so long as it’s tasty.
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Tip #4: Whip up a one pot or one tray wonder.
They are the easiest and tastiest way to please the kids whilst also sneaking veggies in without them knowing. It’s truly a win, win! My go-to recipes are mac and cheese, lasagne and any pasta bake. I love finishing them all off with Perfect Italiano cheese, the kids love the taste and it helps hide all the veggies inside.
Don’t put pressure on yourself to plate up picture perfect meals because at the end of the day, it’s all about whether your kids love and eat the food you make – even if it looks a little bit like a dog’s breakfast. Embrace those #UglyPerfect meals you create and your kids will go to bed with satisfied and full bellies!
What are your favourite easy-peasy go-to family meals? Tell us in the comments below.