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Super Duper Chicken Nuggets and Homemade Potato Bites make a delicious kid-friendly lunch.

Have you decided how busy your holiday season is going to be?

I used to have this love/hate thing going on that started in November and lasted through New Year’s until I had an epiphany that changed the entire holiday scene. Now? All is calm…all is bright.

Thanks for being a piece of the peace this year, Kidfresh Foods, and thanks for sponsoring this post!

Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas

It seems to me when you become a parent, you also birth a whole lotta “oughts”. Only you don’t discover them all at once.

They kinda sneak up and bushwhack you before you realize you are harboring the Parenting Obligation List for The Perfect Childhood.

It includes that whole nostalgia thing that goads good moms and dads to try to recreate the finest that memory offers. You plan, dream, try to do it all because you want the best for your kid/s.

Especially during holidays.

The year things changed for me is the year I wasn’t feeling too merry. Oh, we were doing all the holiday activities and stuffing experiences into each day.

A sing-along concert, an explore of our always well-lit and decorated zoo, a tour to see neighborhood lights, crafting homemade ornaments, watching Christmas movies, and hosting a small party were additions to the regular shopping, baking, and present wrapping. #MyKidMoments!

But I felt…flat. By the time New Year’s Eve arrived, I was exhausted and I felt cheated.

I had tried so hard to make the holidays perfect. That’s when I realized how silly it is to let the “oughts” dictate the holiday schedule and I decided never again.

So now, I make a list of what is important about the upcoming holiday. There are a few non-negotiables that are important in our family but the rest of the list changes year-to-year.

I also make a point of planning easy, kid-friendly meals so I have more time for the fun holiday extras. Kidfresh Foods are on my list this year. Ever hear of them?

Kidfresh Super Duper Chicken Nuggets

Kidfresh Frozen Food meals have the taste kids love and all the good nutrition moms appreciate. I’m loving the Kidfresh convenience and that they are non-GMO and free of artificial ingredients.

Best White Meat Chicken Nuggets

They have hidden veggies (yippee!) and most of their items offer 10 grams of protein (or more) per serving, plus they are moderate in sodium and fat levels.

I found the Super Duper Chicken Nuggets in the frozen section at my local Fry’s—what kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets—and we’re going to be trying some of their other meal choices.

Best Chicken Nuggets

I noticed Mac ‘n Cheese, Spaghetti Loops, Cheesy Quesadillas, Fish Sticks, and Chicken Sliders. And there are other meals and breakfasts, too, plus snacks and sides.

Easy Lunches for Kids

Nutritious and easy kid meals and a $1.00 off one meal coupon. Sounds like a present for busy moms!

A few fresh veggies and Homemade Potato Bites are great sides with Super Duper Chicken Nuggets.

Homemade Tater Tots Recipe

You can grate the zucchini while the potatoes are boiling. Then you just add the tablespoon of flour and seasonings and mix everything.

Homemade Tater Tots

Form the mix into bite-sized pieces, dip them in olive oil and roll them in parmesan cheese before baking for 15-20 minutes.

Copycat Tater Tots

Meals in minutes. Mmm…good!

Healthy Kid's Lunches

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Homemade Potato Bites


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Ingredients

  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

1.      Rinse and peel the potatoes.  Put into a large pot and cover with room temperature water.

2.      Bring to a boil and boil for 10-15 minutes.

3.      Immediately remove from the water and let cool.

4.      While the potatoes are cooking, shred the zucchini.  Wrap the zucchini in a paper towel or cheese cloth and squeeze to drain the excess water.

5.      Once the potatoes have cooled, finely shred the potatoes with a cheese grater.

6.      Add the shredded potatoes and zucchini into a bowl and add seasonings.  Toss the mixture together.

7.      Form the mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll into cylinders.

8.      Dip them in olive oil then roll in parmesan cheese.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

9.      Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 36 potato bites.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.