Kid Friendly Quick Dinner Recipes
It happens more often then I’d like (or can count for that matter). Kids and phone calls and errands and laundry and… Four-thirty, five o’clock rolls around and I’ve got nothin to cook. I forgot to thaw the meat and my family is doomed to starve (OK, not really, but there is that initial moment of panic). What in the world am I going to feed them? Although tempted to just order out, I begin rummaging through the cupboards…
Hummm, spaghetti sauce, a can of peaches and some Jello boxes (those have been there a while, I wonder if they ever go bad?). Things aren’t looking so good for my famished crew of growing little men. Not to mention my (always ready to sit down for a good meal after a long days work) hubby. I’m frantically searching at this point, mac n cheese, pinto beans… I begin to move a few things around and finally, I make a glorious discovery. To the right of the canned veggies and behind the chicken broth sat two cans of tuna. Yup, they’ll do, and my clan will still get their protein!
Open up those cans with our trusty no sharp edges can opener (which is great, but I really wouldn’t mind an electric one, hint. hint.). Drain the tuna water into the sink, being ever so careful not to drip that smelly stuff on the counters or floor, cause then I’d have to break out the Pine-sol (which really isn’t all that bad, cause I do love the smell of it after all), and then dump those puppy’s into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in…
bread crumbs, stuffing mix or quick oats
a tad bit of water
shredded cheddar cheese
and whatever you have lyin around (finely chopped onions, shredded carrots, relish, chopped fresh spinach, etc)
Seriously, no need to measure it all out… eyeball it. Mix it all up. Heat up a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray at a medium temperature and scoop round heaps of the mixture into the skillet. Squish em down with a spatula and cook for three minutes on each side or until each side is a fabulous golden brown. Ba da bing, ba da boom… gourmet tuna patty’s.
Kids will love em and if you serve em up with some potatoes and a side of your favorite vegetable, hubby will never guess that not even an hour ago you hadn’t the slightest clue what you were going to feed him. Whatever you do, just don’t let him know that it was a choice cut beef roast you forgot to thaw and that instead of tuna he could be enjoying a hearty helping of pot roast (seriously, what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him, and why spoil his impression of the “has it all together” perfect wife, cause you know that’s what he’s thinking when you do manage to have dinner on the table). He’ll probably assume you slaved away over dinner and thank you for having such a wonderful meal planned. “Why thanks honey, would you mind doing the dishes?”