I was out of town for a full week (My hubby and I took a little trip to paradise). I came back and the grandparent babysitters had cleaned out my fridge (at least it seemed cleaner than when I left), and organized my daughter’s closet (I asked her if they helped her clean up, and she said, “I think they did it while I was at school.”). I was beginning to feel like a bit of a failure as a mom, or at least a homemaker, when they confessed that the kids ate a lot of take-out, mac-n-cheese (which my daughter loves), and hot dogs (which my son would live on if he could).
That’s certainly fine with me. I’m not pointing any fingers. I’m sure that the kids requested this kid-friendly fare, because they do eat a good bit of it at home. Especially on evenings where I have a meeting in the evening, or my husband has a dinner meeting and won’t be home for dinner, I do rely on simple kid-friendly dinnertime food.
But what’s the hands down easy kid-friendly meal that I feel no guilt about serving? Spaghetti. Red sauce is full of vegetables and cancer-fighting lycopene. It’s easy. The kids like it. It’s relatively healthy.
Ragu has made it even easier with their new Fresh and Simple Pouch. You can simply clip it and microwave it and pour it over pasta. However, I go even one step easier. My kids are always waiting forever for their food to cool down, so I simply pour a bit of the room temperature sauce right onto an individual sized serving of pasta and stir. If one child is eating an early dinner before a baseball game, and another child is home and wants a hearty lunch, and Dad is home late after a meeting–they can all eat a fresh, hot, meal on their own time.
Ragu is trying to make it even easier for parents with a new site–Feed Our Kids Well. You can sign up to receive a free recipe booklet, read opinions from nutrition experts, celebrities, and other moms.
What’s your favorite quick and easy use for tomato sauce?