The kids will be home from school for a few more days this week and that means planning more meals at home. Try some classic kid favorites using healthier ingredients that you can prepare at home. Learn how to make chicken strips your kids will love so much they won’t miss the nuggets and pair it with baked French fries. Plus, you won’t want to miss this easy and delicious three ingredient recipe that will quickly become a family favorite!
What’s for breakfast?
More filling and just as delicious, whole wheat pancakes are a much healthier option than pancakes made with white flour. Plus, blueberries add flavor while adding a lot of vitamins and nutrients!
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk, plus up to ¼ cup more if necessary
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup blueberries
Sift together flour and baking powder, set aside. Beat together the egg, milk, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Stir in flour until moistened, add blueberries and stir to incorporate. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter into pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbly, approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Turn and continue cooking until golden brown.
What’s for lunch?
For lunch, skip the chicken nuggets and make chicken strips that are baked and use chicken breasts. And what kid, and adult, doesn’t LOVE fries? Try this recipe for baked French fries!
Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders (or cut chicken breasts into strips)
2 lightly beaten eggs
1/4 cup mustard
2 Tbsp. honey
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the salt, pepper and chili powder with the bread crumbs and mix. Dip the chicken in the egg, then dip into the spiced bread crumbs. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is firm and the bread crumbs are browned. While the chicken cooks, mix together the mustard and honey. Serve the chicken with the honey and mustard dipping sauce.
Baked French Fries
1 large baking potato
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut potato into wedges. Mix olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and onion powder together. Coat potatoes with olive oil and spice mixture, place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven.
What’s for Dinner?
Take some time to enjoy having the kids home! Skip the stove and try an easy crockpot recipe for dinner. This delicious BBQ pulled pork recipe can be used on sandwiches, burritos, or salads! Make extra to have for lunch tomorrow. This is also a great recipe for a potluck dish because it is foolproof, has only three ingredients, and everyone will love it!
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
2 pound pork shoulder roast
12 ounce can root beer
18 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Place the pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker and pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, approximately 6 to 7 hours. Note: the actual length of time may vary according to your individual slow cooker. Drain all liquid. Shred pork and stir in barbecue sauce.