Mom Confession: Sometimes I Don’t Feed My Kid

I’m a bad cook.  No, really.  I have burned toast, butchered recipes, and trashed most of my concoctions.

When I was single, it was funny. “Oh, you’re going to die lonely and hungry,” my brother would tease. It didn’t bother me. Besides, my dates took me to different schmancy restaurants every night. Who cared that my fridge was bare.

When I met my husband and realized he was a damn near gourmet chef, I was still content with being a well-fed kitchen disaster.

But then came The Kid and, according to the Big Book of Mommyhood, I’m supposed to feed my child. Every day. Three times a day. Healthy, balanced, colorful Michelle Obama meals.

Eeek!

Cooking for Toddlers by 2groovymoms.com

I wish I could tell you that after 3 years I’ve figured out this cooking thang. But I haven’t. Googling “healthy kid food” has helped a little, but these super moms with their happy face pancakes and banana wagons are not up my alley.

So, sometimes when my daughter comes home from daycare, I give her some yogurt, grapes, & peanut butter sandwich (all food that doesn’t require a stove), and keep my fingers crossed that it’s enough to fill her belly. If we make it to bed without her saying she’s hungry, then I’ve won for the day.

Anyone have some quick, easy kid-friendly meal ideas to help me out?

35 comments

  1. Alli says:

    My mom is an excellent cook and when I got married (31 years ago!) I could barely cook anything. I pretty much taught myself how to cook and now I’m known as a great cook! But if I had a husband that was almost a chef, I would have never bothered to learn, either! :)

  2. Erinn S says:

    Roll ups are a favorite-just shred cheese into a whole wheat tortilla and microwave few seconds and roll up with a dipping sauce or get fun cookie cutters at Dollar Store to make fun sandwiches.

  3. tara pittman says:

    My boys love pb and J sandwiches and with fruit it makes a great meal. Most of the time that is all they will eat

  4. Dominique says:

    Oh goodness, thank you for making me feel less alone! Lol. We do peanut butter and cheese sandwiches in my household (yes, I know I’m weird. My mom did it for me first lol) because that way they are getting protein, dairy and starch. My kids are both nibblers anyways, so these meals often work the best anyways!

  5. Marcie Robinson says:

    Ha! This is too funny! Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to put dinner on the table, but honestly, our kiddos probably don’t mind at all! Sometimes cheese and crackers is a perfectly suitable dinner! :)

  6. Cori says:

    I feel your pain! LOL How about breakfast for dinner? Eggs, pancakes, bagels, etc. I second roll ups with deli and cheese. How about pasta? This parenting thing isn’t easy!

  7. Yona Williams says:

    LOL…. “Healthy, balanced, colorful Michelle Obama meals” – that had me cracking up. I wouldn’t know what to suggest as a healthy kid-friendly meal….I never had to cook for kids…but I guess introduce them to a lot of fruits and vegetables early on..perhaps get them into smoothies that incorporate berries (and hide in some kale & spinach). i have no idea if that is age-appropriate, but why couldn’t kids have smoothies?

  8. Drea says:

    I love to cook, but not 3 times a day….breakfast is a hard one for me, I just don’t feel like eating first thing, so my breakfasts are usually oatmeal or just plain cereal. I like eggs too, they are so easy. I always cook dinner, so they at least get one solid “meal” a day

  9. stefanie says:

    First off, omg, I feel you!! It’s like my most unfavorite part of the day! I do fantastic at breakfast, then dinner…I’m flat out of ideas. My only advice is that I do easy quick stuff most of the time…roasted or bbq chicken at whole foods, frozen rice microwaved in a bag, veggies that steam in the bag. I do a lot of roasted veggies as well…olive oil, salt…all veggies taste great that way! Good luck, sister!

  10. Adin Blankenship says:

    I am so sorry about that. I know some that didn’t know how to cook when they were single, but learned when they got married and with kids. Anyway, have you tried making some pasta and pureeing some vegetables to mix in with the pasta sauce? Pasta is quick and easy to make (just follow the instructions on how to cook the pasta al-dente) and can be very healthy when you cook whole wheat ones. Pinterest is also a great site to search for quick and easy meals, or fail-proof meals for kids. I cook for my family everyday and bake as well and I am glad they all love it.

  11. Lucero @We Are Earthformed says:

    Do you have a slow cooker? This can be your best friend in the kitchen. You can even cook in advance for the whole week. If they don’t like eating the same thing every day, tough, they’re eating right? I have an Aroma rice/slow cooker and it’s the first one I’ve ever tried that actually cooks chicken breast perfectly. A little olive oil and the dry seasonings of your choice on 2 large chicken breasts and in 2 hours (fresh or frozen, just turn them ever 30 minutes) you have succulent, flavorful chicken breast to use for dinner or lunches. Chop it up and mix with cheese then wrap in a tortilla for a quick quesadilla (even if it’s just in the microwave). Use it to make chicken salad sandwiches. Slice it up for using on top of salads. I know, very basic but it gives you the protein component you need.

  12. Audrey says:

    Mine can make an entire meal out of noodles sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Chop up some leftover chicken and we are both happy.

    I blogged about quick cooking meals not too long ago, and most are pretty easy to cook too: (http://thatrecipe.com/blog/2013/09/23/weeknight-meals)

    And even though I am a SAHM and a food blogger, I don’t cook a whole meal from scratch every night either.
    You are not alone and none of us should feel guilty about it.

  13. April says:

    I wish I could help but I’m as bad as you are! And yet as I say that I do have some bulk cooking experiences and recipes in my future blog line-up. So I guess I can and do cook occasionally- I just kinda hate it.

    • MoxiesGroovyMom says:

      Thanks. I’ll check out some of your cooking posts. I need all the help I can get. By the way, I like your site and tried to comment, but couldn’t remember my Disqus login. Anyway, I’ll add you to my BlogLovin

  14. Hope says:

    I totally feel you on this. Whilst I am a good cook, and very experienced, these kids sure know how to test me. No matter what I cook, how creative it is, or if I’ve made it to specific instructions it’s just never good enough. Besides, peanut butter sandwiches are the best, right?!
    Visiting from Sunday Brunch at Mums Take Five. xx

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