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Feeding The Family: Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

Children Cooking EggsJanice Prosterman, Omaha, Neb.

My husband and I babysit our four young grandchildren ages two to six years old, 55 hours or more a week. The grandchildren are from two different families.

Here are two of their favorite lunch meals:

  • Cottage cheese mixed with a poached egg. I have a poaching pan—a pan with little cups—that I poach the eggs in. I mash the cooked egg and then put the cottage cheese on top and mix it up.
  • Yogurt mixed with applesauce

I usually add some other food to the above lunches such as blackberries or other fruit. I also take frozen peas, run some water over them, drain the water, and serve them that way.

Editor’s Note: Our last Feeding The Family blog post included recipes from La Leche League classics Whole Foods For The Whole Family and Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family. Let’s take a look at another classic, Whole Foods From The Whole World, for a fairly quick and easy meal idea. As always, feel free to substitute ingredients to meet your family’s nutritional needs and preferences.

Macaroni and Cheese (Recipe from Great Britain)

  • 4 oz. uncooked whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. dry mustard
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Paprika and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni using package directions; drain. Sauté onion in butter in saucepan until tender. Stir in flour. Cook until bubbly. Add milk. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard. Add macaroni and ¾ of the cheese. Cook until cheese melts. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, paprika, and pepper. Broil until brown. May substitute soy sauce or other spicy sauces for Worcestershire sauce.

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