Meal ideas wanted

March 25, 2010 6:59am CST
OK so I have my longest best friend and her 5 year old coming to stay for a week. I haven't seen her for over 10 years though we have remained in contact. I am wanting meals ideas that I can cook for her and her son. Im not normally one for cooking meals, anything out of a tin and packet with simple instructions suits me fine lol I have asked what foods he likes and he like spaghetti, pasta, tinned carrots, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, custard and bananas. My boyfriend makes a lovely spaghetti bolognaise so that is on the list. What meals can I make for him? I have never had to feed a 5 year old and my friend has told me he might not eat much for the first few days. Any ideas would very much be appreciated xxx
4 responses
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
25 Mar 10
Hi cinderella..I'm a chef (recent grad) and have millions of recipes you could do but they don't like us posting recipes..If you want to pm me, I can probably get you some stuff that way either thru email or message. For now though, spaghetti and bananas are a given...For some great custards go to baking911.com (used to be custards 101). I use that site a lot and there are tons of yummy custards/puddings there. For carrots, all kids love glazed carrots..steam baby or regular carrots then put in skillet with butter and honey, or butter and brown sugar or maple syrup or my favorite, combine 1 lb carrots with 1 cup gingerale, 2 TBLSP butter,pinch of salt, cover and bring to simmer,once simmering, remove lid, stir and reduce heat to low, cover again and cook for 5 minutes. remove lid and add 1/2 teasp of chili powder and push heat to high. Cook tossing occasionally until gingerale is reduced to a glaze, 4-5 min..Serve..Yum..Always a big hit..For pastas, pm me..I have lots of great pesto and vegetable purees for sauces which are out of this world..For cherry tomatoes,,have you ever tried roasting them? They caramelize and get super sweet and are great alone or as a side dish..Just drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil, salt an pepper and roast in 400 degree oven until they start to pop..You can add chopped garlic if you like..Serve with fresh basil or flat leaf italian parsley. You can always go to foodnetwork.com or Epicurious.com or Chow.com or any one of the hundreds of cooking sites on line..I can help you with the better ones there too.Good luck and if you need more help, feel free to pm me..
25 Mar 10
Thank you for your help. Do you fancy stopping for the week too?? You can then be my personal chef and teach me new meals lol You have been very helpful and will check out those websites and will of course let you know if I need any help xx
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@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
25 Mar 10
If I ever loose my job, I'll call you!!! I am a personal chef on a yacht that docks here in Ft Lauderdale. I go out with the owner and his guests on trips to the islands and such, usually 3-4 days at a time. Its tuff working in a small galley but it pays pretty good. Its hard work too, My day starts around 3am and I don't get through till after 11pm. 3 meals a day..I have to do all the planning and shopping prior to the trip so it keeps me pretty busy..Any time you need help with anything cooking related..I'm happy to help..
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
25 Mar 10
When they get there why not ask HIM (the boy) what sort of stuff he'd like to eat while he's visiting at your house? And of course for most kids things like hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese are usually hits...homemade pizza is also usually a big hit too especially if you let them help out..
25 Mar 10
I would ask him what he wants but need meal ideas so that I can stock the ingrediants before he comes. They come on 5th April, so having the food in before hand is handy so I can tell him what food I have so he can choose what he wants. I have never made my own pizza, well maybe when I was at school, so wish I had done more cooking lessons!! Thank you for your comment xx
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Making your own pizza can be fun and there are all kinds of pizza kits out there to help you along. Of course there is always the baboli pizza crusts are good, and you just get your toppings for that.
• United States
26 Mar 10
I vote pizza and mac-n-cheese! Those are usually winners with most kids! Hot dogs are good too - not healthy but good. You can buy turkey franks and that helps a little!
• Bulgaria
25 Mar 10
Hi there.You can find many interesting meals here: http://www.mealsforyou.com/ . If you won't find anything interesting there,I can give you some recipes taken from the Bulgarian traditional cuisine.