Kid-friendly and fast - four great 30-minute meal ideas


Speedy and delicious: baked trout with lemon, salt, pepper and herbs
Trout drizzled with olive oil and lemon is speedy and delicious.

Four of my favourite, kid-friendly, 30-minute meals:


Baked fish with lemon:

Sprinkle fish fillets with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice (herbs too, and lemon zest). Bake at 350 F until done to your liking.
 

Whole grain pasta with pesto:

Use good-quality prepared pesto and 100% whole grain pasta. Add beans or leftover diced chicken, lemon juice and zest, walnuts and feta. I serve it alongside roasted cauliflower (simply tossed with oil, salt & pepper and roasted at 400 F for about 25 min).
Easy whole grain pasta with pesto, lemon and walnuts is speedy and delicious
Pesto with whole grain pasta makes a speedy and nutritious supper.

Fajhitas:

Just heat a mishmash of leftovers and serve with avocado slices and a simple carrot cabbage salad (grated carrot and cabbage tossed with dressing).

Speedy cauliflower cheese soup:

Throw together in a pot 1 diced onion, 2 diced potatoes, 1 diced carrot, 1 cauliflower head chopped, 4 cups water or broth. Put the lid on and let it cook away.  Puree if you like. Season with salt & pepper and your favourite herb (thyme is nice). Add a handful of cheese at the end. You can also cook a broccoli version of this.

“Live right now” is a healthy-living initiative launched by CBC a couple of years ago to inspire Canadians to get healthier. This year’s challenge is to get more families sitting down to eat meals together. Their goal is to have 100,000 family meals logged on their site by the end of April and they’ll match each meal with a donation to Food Banks Canada. Visit www.cbc.ca/liverightnow/ to have your family mealtime counted.

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