Melissa Kaylene: Kid Friendly Dinner Platter

Friday, March 29, 2013

Kid Friendly Dinner Platter

 
 

I don't  know about you, but as a mom I struggle daily with always trying to create something new for dinner. Even when I do, most of the time it's unappreciated and the kids are the first to show their dislike for new "weird" things.

What I have started learning is it isn't necessarily what you create for dinner, but how you prepare it. Anyone can make salad and sandwiches, but when its presented in an unusual manner, the kids really think something special is going on here.

All I did was take our cake platter and fix it up with finger friendly snacks. Cubed cheese, olives, raisins, and carrots (in the shape of flowers of course). I also made our grilled ham and cheese sandwiches panini style.....in the waffle maker! The kids thought that was the coolest thing to have a sandwich look like a waffle. :) Now how to get them to eat their salad? I attempted to spice it up with little goldfishes throughout....it helped, I mean, at least the kids thought it was way cooler than our normal "boring" salad. For dessert I made a graham cracker dessert (see my recipe for that HERE ).

What do you do to spice up a boring dinner at your house?

~Melissa

22 comments:

  1. This looks so good! We don't have kids yet but I think my husband would love this dish on a Saturday or Sunday morning!

    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  2. Kid friendly??!! Even I want some of that!!! I am a new follower on blog lovin:)
    www.meetthebrowns20.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Melissa, your plates looks really good with all the colors and shapes - I'll do one next time for our boys! I usually slice fruit and vegetables, but cheese cubes, o,Ives and raisins will do an extra teat! Such a lovely blog you have, I'm popping by from Clever Chicks Blog Hop,
    Your new follower
    Nina @ Thoughts and Images Along the Way

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  4. Great idea! I feel the daily struggle of "what am I gonna feed the kids?!?" could you link this up to my blog hop? I think our readers would really like this idea. Thanks :)
    http://carriethishome.com/2013/03/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-17/

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  5. I love it! I do this often with their afternoon snacks, but a dinner platter is genius! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Nice idea......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  7. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.

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  8. This is such a great way to make food more fun - I love the idea of fish swimming in my salad and waffle sandwiches!

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  9. How you prepare it is sooo true!! I am excited to try this on my kids. They look like healthy handfuls for me, too :) Thanks for coming to our Link Up Party at allthingswithpurpose.com!!

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  10. Oh man that looks great!! We don't have children yet, but I prefer fun finger foods myself! :D

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  11. it took me a second, i really thought the carrots were flowers, so cute.. Would love if you would like up to our #kidsinthekitchen linky today :)
    http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/04/create-a-meal-kidsinthekitchen.html

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  12. I LOVE the grilled ham & cheese paninis - from the WAFFLE MAKER!! Such a great idea!

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  13. Following you gfc through Paula's No Rules Blog Hop. If you get the time please follow me back at Evoluchun's Miscellaneous

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  14. I'm already a follower, swinging by from the No Rules hop. This is neat, and I love the idea of making sandwiches in the waffle maker. Did you just use regular bread?

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  15. Thanks for sharing your ggeat post at Project Inspired - pinned to our group party pinboard - hope to see you at tomorrow nights party too!

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  16. Looks like a great meal! I'd have some for sure :)

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  17. Love this! Even though my kids are post teenagers, I still look for kid friendly meals - wonder when they actually "grow up" ! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

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  18. Finally linking up with my Friday Flash Blog community. Thanks for linking up and sharing in the fun! Have a terrific week and see you on Thursday.

    Jennifer
    www.TheJennyEvolution.com

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  19. I think this is a great idea! When I was a kid, I'd love when we'd have dinners like this - lots to choose from and presented in an unusual way!

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  20. Ingenious! I love the waffle maker idea! My kids would totally dig that. We have the same issues with our kids, too. They hate trying new things! It's frustrating and I refuse to have mac and cheese every night. Great ideas!

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  21. No kid will resist this tempting recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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