I've just written a piece about Childhood Obesity and when doing the research I was shocked at the Statistics - 19% of our kids under age 18 are OBESE. Well, I'm not real fond of putting kids on actual "diets" so I'd like to come up with a few recipes that are easy and still taste good.
For instance, fried chicken is a staple for a lot of people, cos kids like it. I'm gonna give you a way to BAKE the chicken and maybe the kids will still eat it:
Baked "Fried Chicken" strips
1 lb chicken tenders
1/4 cup low-fat mayonaise
1/4 cup fat-free ranch dressing
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
salt & Pepper
1 tsp cajun seasoning mix (or any mixture of spices you've got laying around)
Mix mayo and ranch dressing in a vessel suitable for dredging. Mix panko breadcrumbs, sald & Pepper and cajun seasoning in another.
Dredge chicken tenders first in the mayo mix (just a light coating, take off excess) then in the breadcrumbs.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and put the tenders on the baking sheet, not touching. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, turning half way through.
This is a tasty alternative to fried chicken. The Panko breadcrumbs make it extra crispy and are better for you, since they are made from whole grain bread.
Any other ideas that busy moms can come up with that are both tasty and reasonably healthy alternatives to children's favorites?