February 19, 2010

3 No-Fail Dinner Ideas You Should Try Right Now

It’s a dilemma every parent knows all too well: it’s 5:00 pm, you’re already wiped out from a busy day, the kids are getting hungry and you haven’t got the faintest idea what to make for dinner.

Thanks to our amazing Cozi fans, we have the perfect solution for you: 3 recipes that do it all: fast, easy, affordable, reasonably healthy, and best of all, delicious – even for the pickiest of kids.

How’d we find them? We asked our fans to submit their best family-friendly No-Fail Dinner Ideas, and we sweetened the pot by offering a grand prize of $500 for the best one. The response was AMAZING – we got over 160 recipes! Picking the best wasn’t easy but here’s how our panel did it:

Every recipe got 5 grades based on the following:

  • Simplicity of Ingredients
  • Not too messy to prepare
  • Last-minute friendly
  • Healthy
  • Delicious

The top 9 scorers went on to the finals, where our panel of 10 kids, ages 5 through 16, rated each recipe and picked their favorites.

So, without further suspense, here are the winners:

Grand Prize ($500)

Cozi Classic Chicken

Cozi Classic Chicken Recipe
submitted by Candy Tai

This dish is simplicity itself: two all-natural ingredients, the simplest preparation instructions imaginable, and all the kids LOVED it. Congratulations to Candy Tai for submitting this winning recipe. Click the video clip here to see just how MUCH our panel of kids loved this dish. Watch the taste test.

Second Prize ($250)

Italian Pasta Toss Recipe

Italian Pasta Toss Recipe
submitted by Amanda of afewshortcuts.com

Almost every kids like pasta. Amanda had the fresh idea of tossing it with simple veggies, some chicken and a little Italian dressing. The resulting dish was easy, healthy and left the kids asking for seconds! Watch the taste test.

Third Prize ($150)

Pank-Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe

Panko-Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe
submitted by Tara Tesch Forsburg

This simple dish was baked, not fried, and used only four simple ingredients to make a healthy, delicious and quick alternative to the usual boxed chicken nuggets. The judges loved that all the ingredients were items you normally have on hand, and the kids loved the taste! Watch the taste test.

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