3 kid friendly dinners that are nutritious too

After picking the kids up from after school activities and thenhelping them with their homework, putting a healthy dinner on thetable may be the last thing on a parent’s mind.

And it can sometimes turn into a stressful event, if the childdoesn't want to eat what mom or dad has put on the table.

Chef and Registered Dietitian Michelle Dudash shares some simpledinner recipes the whole family will love.

Fix and forget it! Both kids and adults eyes brighten up whenthey see mac and cheese on the menu.

With this easy and creamy recipe, there’s no need to relyon the fluorescent orange mac and cheese in your pantry.

To make this comfort food healthier, soft spread replaces thebutter.

Soft spreads, like Country Crock, are a healthier choice thanbutter because they are 70 percent lower in saturated fat, arecholesterol free, and contain zero grams trans fat per serving.

Look for those made with nutritious oils like canola andsoybean.

For a complete meal, pair this dish with a simple salad withlight vinaigrette.

SO EASY SLOW COOKER MACARONI & CHEESE
4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours

3 cups fat free milk
1 pkg. (10 oz.) 2% American cheese slices
8 oz. uncooked whole grain elbow macaroni
1/4 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups frozen peas and carrots blend

Combine all ingredients in 4-quart slow cooker sprayed withnonstick cooking spray. Cook covered on HIGH 3 hours or untilmacaroni is tender. Stir well before serving.

TIP: Make it Mexican! Just before serving, stir in 1/4 cup prepared salsa, then top, if desired, with 2 Tbsp. chopped green onions.

Recipe Source: www.icantbelieveitsnotbutter.com

STILL SLOW COOKED, PEANUT BUTTER STEW

It's really called South African Chicken Stew, but tell yourkids it's peanut butter stew and they will like it more.

Next, you’d never expect this unique dish to come out of aslow cooker, and your kids won’t know it's good for them!

It combines the wholesome peanut buttery taste everyone loveswith lean chicken breast, fresh bell peppers and onions.

For a complete meal, serve this dish with brown rice.

SLOW COOKER AFRICAN CHICKEN STEW
Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 4-8 Hour(s)

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut intolarge size pieces
2 Tbsp. Shedd's Spread Country Crock Calcium plus VitaminD

1 cup prepared salsa
1/2 cup Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 Knorr Chicken Bouillon Cube, crumbled
2 Tbsp. lime juice

Spray 4-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Season chicken, if desired, with salt and ground blackpepper.

Melt Promise Buttery Spread in 12-inch nonstick skillet overmedium-high heat and brown chicken, stirring occasionally, about 4minutes. Remove chicken to slow cooker.

Stir salsa, Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter, red pepper, onionand Knorr
Chicken Bouillon Cube into slow cooker.

Cook covered on LOW for 8 hours (or, HIGH for 1 hour, and LOWfor 3 hours).

Stir in lime juice and garnish, if desired, with chopped freshcilantro.

Serve, if desired, over hot cooked brown rice.

Recipe Source: www.countrycrock.com, adapted by Michelle Dudash, RD, CD

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