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Kid friendly *healthy* casserole ideas

Hi!  Well, I have 2 boys that are 6 and 5.  My 6 year old has sensory issues and eating has always been a challenge.  We've been working on it (for eons!) and he is getting better about trying things.  I am a mom who loves to throw a casserole in the oven for dinner.  I was wondering if anyone had any yummy yet healthy casserole recipes that they've tried with kids with success!  My boys like rice or noodles by the way.  Give me some suggestions and I'll try it this week and let you know if my true challenge in the eating department went for it!  Thanks so much!!!
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What are their most liked..and disliked..foods?
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Shoot, just saw you said rice & noodles.  Will they eat chicken?  Do you use a crockpot at all?

I have a bunch of good casseroles & crackpot recipes.  
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LOVE the crock pot and just about any casserole there is.  My one son is just tough.  If I can get the meat small enough he might eat chicken or hamberger.  I might even put it in a blender-------------- gross right?  but I deal with rejection just at the sight of chunks.  

But maybe if it is yummy enough he'll just go with the the flow and we can all eat the same thing for dinner!  



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Is your son autistic?

A friend of mine has an autistic son and she ends up making him separate meals unfortunately.   If he'll eat mac and cheese, make it homemade and try pureeing veggies in the cheese sauce to make it a little healthier.  same with if he'll eat pasta sauce, you can puree all sorts of veggies in that too.  

will he eat quesadillas? you can make those all different for every member of the family.
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I've got tons of crock pot recipes.  Check back, I'll copy them here.  The spicy ones...just leave out all the spices if you need to.  

When my kids were little, I had to puree all their veggies as Grace said, and put them in everything under the sun.  
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  Use these as a base for your sons own needs.  Puree or finely dice veggies when you can.  Leave out or alter spices to something you know he likes.  Many meats can be shredded after cooking in the crockpot...you might be able to get it small enough he'll eat it.
Or, as you say, there's the blender, right?

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Crock Pot Stew

Ingredients:

2 chopped onions
6 BSCB (boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
2 (15 oz) cans of creamed corn
1 (12 oz) bottle of chili sauce
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
1/4 cup of Worchestershire sauce
2-4 T Margarine, cut into pieces
2 T cider vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt (can omit)
Pepper
hot sauce (can omit, or to taste)

Directions:

Place onions in crock pot.
Place chicken over onions.
Add remaining ingredients, mixed
Cook on low 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.  Pull chicken out, shred, and return to crock.

(can add frozen peas and carrots, too, for added color/nutrition.

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Beef and Macaroni Skillet Dinner

Ingredients:

1#  extra lean ground beef or turkey, could use veggie Crumbles if you are vegetarian
1/2 cup low fat mayo
28 oz spaghetti sauce
7oz whole wheat macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 cup FF cheddar cheese

Directions:

Brown beef (or ground turkey, if using).  Drain.
Stir in mayo, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and garlic.
Cook on low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Top with cheese and other garnishes as desired.

If using Veggie Crumbles, simply put all ingredients except for cheese in a skillet and heat through.

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Crock Pot Ravioli

Ingredients:

1 (25 ounce) bag beef ravioli
1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 -3 teaspoons red peppers
Italian spices
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1. Pour about half of the pasta sauce in the bottom of crock pot.
2. Add frozen ravioli.
3. Pour additional pasta sauce, tomato sauce, water, and red pepper over ravioli (I usually pour the pasta sauce on first and then shake together the tomato sauce, water, and red pepper in the empty pasta sauce jar to mix them).
4. Sprinkle Italian seasonings over sauces.
5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
6. Turn crock pot on low and cook for 4-5 hours (until ravioli are tender).  Could puree some cooked veggies and hide them in this dish, too!

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Southwestern Crockpot Chicken and Potato soup

Ingredients:

1# BSCB (boneless, skinless chicken breasts), cubed
3 small sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 large onion, chopped
29 oz can diced tomatoes (salsa style, w chiles)
14.5 oz chicken broth
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1-1/2 cups frozen corn, not thawed


Directions:

--Mix chicken, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, broth, & spices in crockpot.
--Cover and put on low for 6 hours.
--Stir in corn, cover, and cook on high until chicken is no longer pink and veggies are tender.

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Crock Pot Roast

Ingredients:

1 pkg italian salad dressing mix
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 pkg ranch salad dressing mix
2-3# beef pot roast
1 cup beef broth
Large bag of frozen stew veggies

Directions:

--Mix all the seasoning packets in the cup of broth.
--Place the veggies on the bottom of a sprayed crockpot. Then place the meat on top of the veggies, and pour the broth on top.
--Cook on low for 9 hours.

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Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

Ingredients:

3 lbs chicken pieces
1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
4 tablespoons melted butter (divided)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup (Healthy Request soup if desired)
8 ounces cream cheese (can use low or no fat)
1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions:

1. Place chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pan and saute onion and garlic. Add Cream of Chicken Soup, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Stir until smooth.
4. Add this mixture to crock pot and cook on low for an additional hour.
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To all:

Remember, the above recipes were not meant to be especially low fat or low sodium.  They can be altered for those with special dietary needs.  Specialmom was looking for recipes that were easy, and that her son would eat.   It is sometimes more important to get the calories in children who will not eat much, than to worry about sodium and fat grams.

Take them as they were offered, in that spirit.  Thank you.  
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Here is a chicken recipe that NO child will turn down...It is sweet!!!  I would cut the meat into tiny pieces.  We put it over rice when the children were small.  


Brown Sugar Chicken

1 to 1 1/2 pounds deboned chicken, cut into pieces
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup 7-Up
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Place chicken pieces in crockpot. Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
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