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Quick, Easy Dinners that Even Toddlers Will Eat
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It's hard enough trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night let alone trying to please picky toddlers. Make that two picky toddlers! We have one that is a really good eater and one that changes his mind about what he likes almost every day, sometimes every meal.

Through a little trial and error, however, I have found several dinners that both toddlers and daddy will eat without any complaints. Don't be afraid to give your toddlers new things to try...who knew my boys would love canned salmon! Salmon patties are now one of their favorite meals.

Corned Beef Hash

6 medium potatoes
1 c. onion, chopped
1 can corned beef

Wash and peel potatoes. Boil potatoes in a large pan until tender. While you're cooking the potatoes, brown the onions in some butter in a large frying pan. Add corned beef and stir until lightly browned. Stir in boiled potatoes, mixing until potatoes are desired consistency. Serve with green beans and dinner rolls.

Chicken and Rice Soup

2-3 boneless chicken breasts
1 c. carrots, chopped
1 c. onion, chopped
1 box herb seasoned rice mix
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup

Cook chicken breasts in approximately 6 c. water. Add some chicken boullion for extra flavor. Remove chicken from pan, cut up into small pieces and return to pan with onions, carrots, and rice mix (with seasoning). You can also add some mushrooms if you like. When carrots are tender add cream soup and stir until heated through. Serve with saltine crackers or gold fish crackers and finger jello.

Salmon Patties

1 can salmon
2 eggs
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/2 c. bread or saltine cracker crumbs
Salt and pepper

Drain salmon and remove any bones. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Form salmon mixture into patties and fry in a hot skillet with a little vegetable oil. Brown on both sides. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and canned fruit.

Easy Tater Tot Casserole

1 bag frozen tater tots
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 soup can of milk
1 c. grated cheddar cheese

Pour tater tots in 13x9x2-in. baking dish. Brown hamburger; drain. Pour hamburger on top of tater tots. Heat up soup and milk; pour on top of tater tots and hamburger. Heat in oven, 350 degrees until bubbles and browns a little. Top with grated cheese and return to oven until cheese melts. Serve with corn and applesauce.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.


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