"Mom! We're home! ...is there anything to eat?" When the kids come home from their busy lives, these are usually the first words I hear. It doesn't matter if it's 10 in the morning or 10 at night, they're hungry! So here is a list of our kids' favorite foods, maybe some of them are your favorites, too!
Kyle, Debbie, Jurga, and I have compiled this list because we know, if we have these foods in the refrigerator or pantry, our children, who have grown up and become independent adults with responsibilities of their own, will relax and be happy. And that's really all we want for our children, for them to be happy...right?!
The Van Boom family dish that is most requested is Scott's Chili, this chili can be started early in the day because it cooks slowly on the stove. Kyle says, "it's always devoured in the fall and winter!"
And there are always homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies in Kyle's freezer. (I'll be right over!) Kyle can pull them out in the morning and the kids (really, adults!) have a Gr8 snack.
Debbie loves to make her Challah Bread and her kids love to eat it. She even makes loaves and mails them to her kids! What a Gr8 mom! This is a wonderful bread to have on hand for weekends and holidays because after you've enjoyed it with lunch or dinner, you can use what's left to make French toast for breakfast!
Another popular dish at Debbie and Phil's house is Low and Slow Carnitas. And this is easy! Throw it in the slow cooker in the morning while you're preparing the house for the kids' arrival and have a tasty and satisfying dinner ready. And it makes enough for leftovers!
One of the favorites in Jurga and Tim's house is Crispy Parmesan Chicken Cutlets. Kids of all ages love these crispy, juicy, tender and lightly fried pieces of chicken. My kids love when they can grab one of these from the fridge for a snack! (Gr8 Tip: Make enough to have leftovers!)
My family loves the Italian Vegetable Soup. It's Gr8 to have the soup simmering on the stove when they walk in the door and it's almost better reheated the next day!
Don't forget Nonna Anna's Red Sauce with Meatballs bubbling on the stove. This is crowd pleaser because it's good for dinner and then you can make sandwiches or just snack on the meatballs. (Always Gr8 to have leftovers!)
And all of us love to make the Brunch Torte for the holidays because,
- you can make it the day before;
- it's a Gr8 addition to a breakfast or brunch buffet;
- it's filling and delicious.
Kyle's son, Wes, doesn't like cake so she makes him a Brunch Torte for his birthday every year!!
These are our kids' favorite foods here at Great 8 Friends, what foods do you cook when your kids are coming home?