Kid-Friendly BBQ

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Hosting a BBQ is a great way to enjoy good food, nice weather, and relaxed times with friends. If you are looking for ways to include some dishes that the kids at your BBQ will love, read on.

Grilled Food

Kids are notorious for loving hot dogs! Be sure to have plenty of ketchup on hand, since that seems to be the go to condiment staple for kids. Kids also tend to love any finger food, and eating corn on the cob is always a good choice. Why not throw some corn on the grill? To get corn ready for being cooked this way, peel back the surface level part of the husk, and allow corn and husk to soak in water for 15-30 minutes to allow for full moisture absorption. Then, peel back all layers of husk (but keep husk attached) and remove corn silk. Brush the corn with olive oil or butter, as well as some salt and pepper. Pull the husk back up and tie either with twine, or a pulled off piece of husk. Rotate and slowly cook on the grill, and get ready to for some satisfied guests! Remember to avoid serving grilled corn to kids until it is at a suitable temperature.

Side Dishes

An easy and satisfying side dish is sliced raw veggies with dip. Place sliced seasonal veggies in appealing containers that are easy for kids to reach, and use either the all-popular ranch dip, some hummus or make a homemade dip. Another easy and healthy side dish is watermelon slices. Adults and kids alike enjoy biting into a cool and refreshing slice of watermelon goodness!

Desserts

A summer BBQ is no time to heat up the oven. Think simple summer fun as you plan for your desserts. There are great treats such as homemade juice pops that kids will love. Simply take 100% juice and pour it into popsicle molds the day before the party. Smoothies are also a great alternative to ice cream. Place a banana, some grapes and a handful of blueberries in a small blender. Fill remaining space 1/2 with vanilla yogurt, and 1/2 with milk. Blend and serve!

Enjoy your BBQ and having fun times with friends! It's really not hard to cater to the kids in attendance. Chances are, the above mentioned food items will be equally enjoyed by the adults at your party, and everyone will be eating simple, healthy and tasty offerings!

 

Holiday Side Dishes

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Simple Holiday Side Dishes for the Busy Mom

The holidays are supposed to be a time for relaxing with family. Between entertaining, cooking and taking care of kids, however, we are usually left feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So to make meal planning a little bit easier this year, here are three fool-proof vegetable holiday side dish recipes. Best of all, these dishes can all be baked at the same temperature, making it easy to cook several sides at once.
Green Bean Casserole
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup diced onion
1 cup sour cream
3 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans or equivalent frozen beans
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup crumbled butter crackers
1 Tablespoon melted butterMelt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook for one minute. Add in salt, sugar, onion, sour cream and green beans. Stir until coated.Pour mixture into a 2 ½ quart casserole dish. If preparing the day before, cover and refrigerate overnight.Sprinkle cheese over casserole. Toss cracker crumbs and melted butter together, then add that over the cheese.Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Baked Asparagus Side Dish

1 bunch fresh asparagus
2 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegarArrange trimmed asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Bake asparagus for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Melt butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, and pour over asparagus before serving.Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
2 pounds thawed hash brown potatoes
½ cup melted butter
10.75 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
8 ounces sour cream
½ cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepperMix hash browns, butter, soup, sour cream, onion, cheeses, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour mixture into a 3 quart baking dish.Cover and refrigerate if preparing the day before.Bake covered for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.These holiday side dishes were created with the busy mom in mind. Both the green bean and hash brown casseroles can be prepared the day before. Then, you only need to worry about placing each of dishes in an oven at 350 degrees F together. These vegetable and potato sides are sure to be hit at your holiday table.