4 grill recipes your kids will go crazy for
By Aimee Heckel
It’s easy for your family’s menu to get stuck in a rut when you’re a parent. You want to try something new, but significantly more so, you want your kiddos to eat something. Not just so they will, you know, live. But also so they won’t turn into little hungry hellions an hour later. So mac and cheese it is. Again. All the time.
Summa-time means grilling. There’s no shortage of grill recipes to make mom and pop drool. But finding something to toss on the barbie for the younger crowd can be tricky. Because you can’t grill spaghetti. We’ve tried — and we don’t recommend it.
Here are four of our favorite kid-friendly grill recipes to fire up your summer meals — and maybe, just slightly, push your kids vaguely outside of their comfort zone.
1. Grilled cheese sandwiches — on the grill. This will obviously be a smash hit with the children because it contains cheese. Try adding in very finely diced veggies: tomatoes, peppers. Hidden underneath the bread and cheesy goodness, your kids can’t find them to pick them out. Who knows? Maybe they’ll never find out.
2. A hot dog on a stick. This works because, duh, it’s on a stick, and everything on a stick is fun to eat. But instead of an unhealthy, processed dog, try an unseasoned or mild sausage from your local farmer’s market. Wrapped up in dough, your kid might not know the difference. Smother it in ketchup if all else fails.
3. Banana s’mores for dessert. Slice a ‘nana down the middle and stuff it with goodies. Maybe some nuts or sliced strawberries, too. Wrap it in foil and grill the bad boy. All your kid will hear is s’mores, and all you will need to remember is there’s fruit in there somewhere.
4. Homemade grilled pizza. Cheese, of course. There’s something intensely satisfying about the crunch of grilled crust. Anti-gluten? Make your pizza on a baked potato instead. Load it with all of your favorite pizza toppings, including marinara, and you won’t miss the bread whatsoever.
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