I by no means am a gourmet chef. I find cooking for kids to be one of the worst things about parenting. You want to make sure that they are eating a healthy well cooked meal, but half the time the food that you spend thirty minutes slaving over a hot stove with, goes uneaten. I can see why kids only eat things like chicken nuggets and fish sticks. Who wants to put effort into a meal the kids could care less about.
Breakfast is one meal that I have mastered. There is no prep time or massive cleanup and the boys usually eat what's in front of them. If only they could eat cereal, eggs, and bagels for every meal, our cook (me) would be much happier.
Here is one meal that I have come to love over the years, it's quick, simple, and easy to do. That is of course if you have the right tools. Without them you should probably just stick to cereal, I mean everyone has a bowl right?
The trick is to find a waffle that your kids will eat. Through trial and error, I have found that my kids will eat pretty much any waffle put in front of them, so that makes shopping a little easier, you can just buy what's on sale. For todays purpose we will use the Nutri-Grain Eggo waffle. They really enjoy the blueberry variety and we all know that blueberries are full of antioxidants, so that's a bonus.
Place your frozen waffle in the toaster. My wife insists on microwaving them. Why she would go through all that effort is beyond me.
We have a fancy toaster that takes a lot of the guess work out of toasting the waffle. See the two buttons pushed; FROZEN and WAFFLE. Pretty simple stuff.
The next step is the most important; you need to push down the lever or the waffle will remain frozen. Studies have found that the waffle tastes better when it is cooked. Crazy I know.
When the waffle is done, this is where I go against the grain. I use a pizza cutter to cut through the waffle, but feel free to use any sharp object that you may have on hand. You could of course just feed them the waffle whole, but our kids are not animals and should not be treated as such.
Now that the breakfast is served, you might want to try pairing it with a cup of low fat milk and sit back and be amazed that your kids actually do know how to eat. After breakfast you just might want to consider having waffles for every meal. Why on earth would I make something extravagant again? That's what we go to restaurants for.
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