Whether you want to have some fun food ideas in your back pocket for a festive movie night, a lunchbox surprise or a guaranteed win when picky eaters make their dislikes clear, look no further than these recipes. They're simple to prepare and sure to be devoured in no time. Plus, they're based on some of the best kids movies of 2018, making them a foolproof option for any meal.
"Show Dogs": Homemade Corn Dogs
It's actually easier than you might think to make corn dogs at home. Start with Alton Brown's recipe, and feel free to add your own twists based on your kids' tastes. The result is healthier than what you'll find in the freezer section or at a carnival, and is perfect for dipping in all the sauces.
"Coco": Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers
Try not to sing "Un Poco Loco" while you make this quick and easy dinner. Slice chicken breasts into tenders (or grab pre-cut ones in the meat department), then dip each one in a mixture of eggs and seasoning mix and roll them in unsweetened shredded coconut. You can either add them to a preheated pan coated in coconut oil and cook on both sides or bake them in the oven until cooked through . Serve with veggie sticks and your kids' favorite sauces for dipping. Sing "Remember Me" on repeat.
"Incredibles 2": Incredible Edible Egg Spirals
This one is a little bit silly and a definite kid favorite. Cut hard-boiled egg whites into spirals like Elastigirl's springs; they'll be gone in a flash. Serve with an "incredible" dipping sauce of the hard-boiled yolks, mayo, mustard and garlic salt.
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again": Mamma Mia Meatballs
This recipe is beyond easy. Just combine ground beef, Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs (or your breadcrumb substitute of choice) with one egg and form into meatballs. From there, you can simmer on the stovetop in store-bought tomato sauce or bake in the oven. Serve with pasta or zucchini spirals and turn up the Abba!
"Hotel Transylvania 3": Roasted Garlic Chicken
Plenty of garlic will surely keep the vampires away when it comes to this recipe. Season a couple bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs with salt and pepper and brown them in a pan with oil. Add thinly sliced onions and at least two full garlic cloves to the pan once the chicken thighs are browned. When the onions are translucent, add a half cup of chicken stock with a splash of wine--don't worry, the alcohol will burn off while it cooks--and a bit of flour to create a sauce. Once the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees, serve over rice with your family's favorite sides.
"Christopher Robin": Pooh's Favorite Carrots
Toss fresh baby or rainbow carrots with olive oil, salt and a hearty drizzle of honey and oven roast them at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. A quick cinnamon sprinkle makes the perfect finishing touch on Pooh's favorite food.
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