Picky eating often results in you - our amazing, well-intentioned parents - having to play the role of short-order cook. We know you have better ways to spend your time, so we’ve come up with 6 versatile meal templates that allow for kids to “personalize” their meals. Read on to see how you can take the battle and stress out of dinnertime.

Discover a Whole New Dinner Experience When You Put an End to Short-Order Cooking

If your child(ren) has reached an age where he’s become somewhat picky about his meals, that’s quite normal, according to psychologists. One of the most common suggestions is to present children with several options at the dinner table, so they feel like they have some control over their eating decisions. Does that mean you should cook four separate meals every night? Gosh, no! That sounds pretty impossible for even the most avid cooks, let alone busy parents.

One way to provide your child with options without spending your entire day cooking is to create meals with a “buffet” of options that allow both adults and children to “personalize” their meals. Some formulas that allow for easy customization are fried rice, omelets, pastas, pizzas, salads, and taco / pita pockets.

However, instead of cooking up new toppings for each of these dinner options, we suggest making large batches of 3 to 4 different types of vegetables and 2 to 3 different types of proteins once or twice a week, and reusing them for multiple dinners. That way, on any given night, you only have to make the base for that dinner – like the fried rice or some guacamole for a taco topping – and just reheat a few of the buffet options you’ve already prepared.

We know that to orchestrate all of this, you definitely need to be somewhat organized, but that’s what we’re here to help with! We’ve put together a guide on how to prepare a variety of veggies and proteins every week, plus easy-to-follow steps for each of these meal formulas. If you follow this guide, we guarantee you’ll soon be able to resign from your job as a short-order cook, and also have the opportunity to expose your kids to a lot more healthy foods.

Free Recipes

Guide to Ending Short-Order Cooking

Resign from your job as a short-order cook, and expose your kids to a lot more healthy foods.

Sign up for the Cook Smarts Newsletter

Cancel

Privacy Policy: We hate SPAM & promise to keep your email address safe.