It always seems like there are particular foods that kids gravitate towards when they are really young. From experience with my niece and nephew and numerous cousins, I’ve seen it a lot. Lots of mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cereal, and premade lunches from the lunch meat and cheese department at the store. Trying to find something they will eat that is still nutritious can be a balancing act. When I was little, my mom made something for she and my dad that they liked and I ate a slightly simpler version of it. Her first rule was that whatever they ate, I ate too. She was not going to make me a special dinner. I think because of that philosophy I was never a picky eater. I did have certain foods where it was a hard ‘no’ to me eating it such as raw onions or tomatoes (I still won’t eat them raw for the most part). Her second rule was that I had to try everything at least once. After I tried it, then I could say I didn’t like it and she wouldn’t bother me about it again.
By no means am I claiming to make this a ‘parenting post’. It is, however, a good suggestion for a meal that both adults and children will thoroughly enjoy. If your ground beef is already defrosted, this recipe can be done in about 25 minutes from start to finish. Just add a Caesar salad and some garlic bread and you’re set. This is a good dinner if you get home late from a rodeo, had a long day branding or sorting, or have a lot of hungry stomachs to feed and want a home cooked meal.
· 1 lb. ground beef
· ½ yellow onion, diced
· 1 11oz. can corn niblets
· 2 10 oz. cans tomato soup
· Elbow pasta (I used both bags and they were 7 oz. each. Use less pasta if you want it more soupy)
· Lawry’s garlic salt to taste
· In a large skillet, begin browning the ground beef over medium heat. Once 85% cooked, add in the diced onion to soften.
· Begin boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions.
· Once ground beef and onion is cooked, put through a strainer to get rid of the excess grease.
· Pour in the tomato soup and corn into the skillet and put on low heat.
· Once elbow pasta is done, combine.
This is a great recipe for fall and winter as it approaching quickly! How is it already August?!