A while ago I surrendered to the fact that my kids super healthy diets had fallen victim to the allure of sweet stuff – all the sweet stuff. These days we try and stick to the 80:20 rule – 80% of the time it’s meat, hidden vegetables and Greek yoghurt and 20% of the time they’ll be sucking on a milkshake to wash down a muffin (preferably on a Sunday when my husband can deal with the sugar-induced meltdowns while I read the paper and pretend to be deaf).
Some days I love cooking and baking, other days I just want to prepare something super quick and easy that will keep the kids away from the TV remote and make me feel like Nigella…well a droopy-boobed, make-up free, yoga-pants loving version of Nigella.
1. Progeny Pizza.
If your kids are being particularly fussy about what they will or will not eat, get them involved in making lunch or dinner. At our place that often means pizza – and lots of it. Because vegetables on a pizza are not vegetables, they’re body parts and long glorious locks of hair to be consumed with gusto…stay with me.
What you need:
Pack of pizza bases – yes, you can make your own but seriously, why bother when your local bakery sells a four-pack of mini pizza bases for under six bucks?
Whatever else you fancy
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Smear the tomato paste onto the pizza base and top with oodles of cheese. Cut all the toppings up and pop them in different bowls. Get your kids to unleash their Etcher-Sketcher honed art skills onto that unsuspecting base.
My little one loves making faces with each pizza representing a member of the family. “Mummy pizza” normally has olives for eyes, a string of ham for a mouth, capsicum ears and an upside-down mushroom for a nose (no offence taken). Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until base starts to brown and cheese is golden.