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Quick Meal Ideas

MN WIC Program

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  • Many cooking steps can be done ahead of time. Thaw, chop and peel the night before or before leaving for work.
  • Cover and refrigerate (if necessary) these recipe-ready ingredients until it is time to cook.

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Have Your Family Help

  • Children can do many jobs that will help get the meal or table ready.
  • Look for the handprint by recipe steps for kids. Helping can make a child feel proud and help interest her in trying new foods, too.

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Cook Once - Eat Twice

  • Double a recipe and refrigerate or freeze 1/2 for another meal.
  • Some recipes can be served in 2 or more ways. For example:
  • Add to spaghetti sauce

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Eat Breakfast for Dinner

  • A food typically eaten for breakfast can be a quick dinner and a fun change for kids.
  • Serve pancakes or waffles topped with peanut butter or yogurt for protein. Wrap scrambled eggs and cheese in a tortilla for a burrito. Don't forget fruit to round out the meal!

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Sample Menus for a Meal in Minutes

  • Sample Menu 1
  • Sample Menu 2
  • Sample Menu 3
  • Sample Menu 4

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