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I don’t think we’ve discussed how to please kids for a very long while.  Since my grandsons just left I have this topic high in mind.

Of course it depends on the kids-but I say, keep it simple.  Like my ideas on entertaining or feeding a large family-kids are in the same realm of how to serve up dishes that will be eaten.

Never would I suggest only feeding them PB & J on white bread or cheerios-heaven forbid!

But here are some of the hints I’ve learned from not only being a parent and grandparent, but as a former day care provider as well:

Keep it colorful.  Nothing is more appealing to kids than seeing a nice array of colors.  Chicken may be a favorite, but try some sides of baked sweet potato fries and green beans.

Keep it tasty.  Kids actually love flavorings.  Even a bit of spice.  Not “hot“, but with real taste.  My younger grandson loved the spicy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I made more than my adult kids.  The spice part-I threw in a leftover bag of cayenne spiced peanuts that were in the freezer!  The older of the boys said “they‘re good grandma, but leave them out next time.”

Keep it plain.  By that I mean, kids love flavor, but aren’t always looking for sauces.  Unless it’s cheese sauce mixed with pasta.  Otherwise, not so much.

Last-Keep it fun!  I used to have “theme” lunches for my day care.  I’d use colors, letters, what a certain animal would eat-even numbers!

The only other thing you need for success in feeding kids is to include them in the entire process:  shopping, putting away, planning, cooking and even the dreaded clean-up afterwards.

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