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How to Cook Dinner for the Child If He Does Not Like Sandwiches?

June 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

Every morning Pam starts her day heating a kettle of water, not to make tea, but for warming thermoses Pam is a thermos-convert after plenty of experimenting with making her children lunches, and hearing their complaints

Many parents like Pam have discovered that, unlike their generation, their children don't like sandwiches It's known that on a regular basis, sandwiches are tossed in the trash, or left it in lunch kits uneaten. Making simple lunches has never become as complicated as it is with today's picky children.

When Pam's children began school, she brought them home for lunch and fed them soup, warm pastas, or grilled sandwiches. Once they began eating lunch at school, it became a challenge to know what to pack. Peanut butter was a favourite, but not allowed in their school. She experimented with a variety of things like cheese and crackers, sausages, rice cakes, fruit and carrot sticks, but she always felt like she wasn't giving them a real solid meal.

Some schools have microwave ovens available for students which add variety for non-sandwich eaters. The cost of bringing microwavable food, though, is that there is a reported wait-time behind a line up of others; and should the food not get fully heated through the first time, getting back in line is an ordeal.

A good alternative for a warm lunch is a thermos. Thermos lunches might not sound cool, but if filled with things the children like, can be the solution to the sandwich-free lunch dilemma.

Pam discovered success with using thermoses. When she cooks dinner, she makes extras so there are leftovers. She refers to the leftovers as "planned lunches".

Pam has found her children love dishes with chicken, pasta, and surprisingly, potato in them. Because they are big vegetable eaters, she adds a variety of cooked vegetables Some of the popular dishes Pam serves are: chicken with rice and vegetables; chicken with barbeque sauce and mashed potatoes; Fettuccine Alfredo; spaghetti and meat sauce; pasta casserole; fried rice, and so on. When she has no leftovers, she uses frozen dinners or canned pasta, beans or soup.

If you want to try out thermoses with your children, Pam gives this advice:

1. Find a fairly wide-mouthed thermos.

2. Make sure the thermos is meant for hot foods.

3. In the morning, preheat the thermos with boiled water.

4. Heat the food in a microwave or on the stove until its burning hot.

5. Try to pack it full to retain the best heat. (A quick way to top it up is by adding a few cooked frozen-vegetables.)

6. It is helpful to have a lunch kit with two compartments to prevent other items like fresh fruit and cold beverages from cooling things down.

7. Cover the thermos with a Microwave Plate Covers or pot holder if you like, for added heat protection, especially if there are cold items in the lunch kit.

8. Don't forget to add a spoon or fork.

Chances are, if your children like what they eat at suppertime, they will like it for lunch too. Here are some ideas to try:

Sure-hit Lunch Ideas for Your Kids' Thermoses

*Tortellini or Fettuccine in sauce -with or without meat

*Cut-up roast chicken with rice and vegetables

*Cut-up sausage with mashed potatoes

*Fried rice with pork or chicken

*Spaghetti with sauce

*Pasta casseroles

*Stir-fried dinners

Back-up Prepared Foods

*Baked beans with or without wieners, sausage or bacon added

*Their favourite soup

*Canned pasta

To prepare the lunch for your child, you should use only natural and quality products. You can cook in the microwave, it's very fast and convenient. The food better to cover with Microwave Plate Cover, nutrients and vitamins will not evaporated.

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