For many households, there are some requirements when you make time to prepare a family meal. Each component must be something you can prepare quickly around extracurricular activities and homework, and it must feature foods that even the pickiest of eaters will happily devour.
These simple recipes can help you focus that precious time on catching up around the table together. Find more familyfriendly recipes at Culinary.net.
A Sweet Dinner Idea
Chicken is a favorite for all ages, and this recipe gives crunchy chicken a sweet twist that’s sure to earn clean plates. Baked, not fried, these tenders are a healthier take on traditional dippers. The tangy barbecue sauce and sweet honey mixed right into the breading makes them tasty on their own, but even better dipped in a sweet honey barbecue sauce that complements those flavors. Look for more sweet meal ideas at honey.com.
Honey Barbecue Baked Chicken Tenders
Recipe courtesy of The National
2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
2 1/2 cups whole-wheat panko
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey
2 pounds skinless, boneless
nonstick cooking spray
Honey Barbecue Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons honey
Heat oven to 400 F. Cover baking sheet
with parchment paper.
In large bowl, mix flour and panko with
salt and pepper. In another large bowl,
whip together barbecue sauce, milk, eggs
and honey. Dip tenders in wet mixture
then generously roll chicken tenders in
panko mix. Spray tenders with nonstick
To make Honey Barbecue Dipping
Sauce: Combine barbecue sauce and
honey, stirring together until fully mixed.
Place chicken strips on baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes. Flip tenders and bake
until cooked through and outsides are
crisp, about 10 minutes. Serve with Honey
Barbecue Dipping Sauce.
Create Lifelong Memories in the Kitchen
Give your family an opportunity to spend quality time together in the kitchen by engaging little ones. Simply involve them in the process to teach them some lifelong kitchen skills while having fun.
Turn cooking time into family time with these tips from Uncle Ben’s “Ben’s Beginners” campaign. 1. Have Kids Set the Table. Convince your kids to help set the table by putting out utensils, plates and napkins. It’s a simple task to get children of any age involved in family routines. 2. Let Them Stir. Give those fidgety fingers something to do by letting kids stir ingredients. 3. Get Clean. Use this time to teach food safety as your children help you scrub produce. As a bonus, it also helps reinforce washing hands. 4. Count on the Counter. Put your kids to the test to help count and measure ingredients as you add them to the recipe. 5. Rock ’n’ Roll. Blast some fun tunes.
This can help hold kids’ attention while working. 6. Share the Joy. Make every moment sharable by staging the final product for a quick photo shoot. 7. Have Fun. Dress for the occasion with matching aprons and chefs’ hats. Tweak recipes to embrace your family’s interests and make dinner something to smile about.
For more tips and tricks on getting kids in the kitchen, and for recipes the entire family can cook together, visit beginners.unclebens.com.
Prep time: 30-45 minutes
1 box Uncle Ben’s Long Grain
& Wild Rice, Original
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter,
2 cups chopped leeks (white
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, passed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In 2-quart saucepan, add rice and
spice packet, water and 1/2 tablespoon
butter. Bring to boil, cover and reduce
heat to simmer. Cook 25 minutes.
In large skillet, melt remaining
butter. Add leeks and cook over
medium heat 15 minutes, stirring, until
soft and golden. Add orange juice,
lemon juice, sage and garlic. Cook
over high heat 2 minutes, stirring
constantly. Add cooked rice to skillet
and stir 1 minute until rice is hot. Add
salt and pepper, to taste, and cinnamon.
Delicious Dessert in Minutes
These no-bake frozen cupcakes are the perfect size for a light and refreshing afterschool or evening dessert. Creamy and tart, they’re just the right blend of flavor for a treat the whole family can enjoy. Even better, the prep time is minimal so you can whip up a batch after bedtime and have them ready to enjoy the next day. Or ask your little ones for help with making the cakes for a fun activity together. Find more desserts you can share together at nestleusa.com.
Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé Kitchens
1 frozen pound cake (10 3/4 ounces), reduced-fat or fat-free
1 can (14 ounces) Nestlé La Lechera Fat Free Sweetened Condensed
Milk or Nestlé Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 container (6 ounces) frozen lemonade or limeade concentrate,
1 tub (12 ounces) frozen light whipped topping, thawed
grated lemon peel (optional)
Prepare 18 muffin cups with 18 liners.
Cut pound cake into 18 slices. Using 1 3/4-inch round cookie cutter or
appropriate size to fit into paper liners, cut slices into rounds; discard cake scraps
or save for another use. Place cake rounds into paper liners.
In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and lemonade concentrate;
stir well. Stir large spoonful of whipped topping into mixture. Fold in remaining
whipped topping. Spoon evenly into liners.
Freeze 2 hours. Cover; freeze several hours, or overnight, before serving. Garnish
with lemon peel, if desired.