When Kids Are Too Hungry To Wait For Holiday Meals
Sometimes holiday meals don’t always schedule their times around children’s stomachs. Party at 2pm means eating around 3pm. Do we have our kids eat at noon and eat again at 3pm? Have an early dinner? Sometimes it is hard. Especially when they are expected to sit down with everyone at dinner, eat and behave. I’ve found having some snacks around are a great way to curb the appetite and hold them over just a little bit. If the party is a potluck than it is a win-win to bring an appetizer for them to snack on and have it as your dish. If you are like me, you love cooking and baking but don’t always have the time.
Here are some ideas of foods to bring to a party
(when you are too busy to cook).
I love the simpleness of a Hormel Gatherings Snack Tray. Crackers, cheese and meat in a tray. Easy to set up and serve. Everyone loves them. They come in a few sizes too. The kids love stacking them into 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 and more. They trays are available at most grocery stores. They are great to grab and go.
Grab some food to go from Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. I just love their nachos (and they are so fancy too). You can choose chicken, steak or no meat. Their salsa bar has half-a-dozen options too. For my pescatarian daughter they have fish options on the menu.
Celebrate National Cake Day with Cafe Valley Bakery. You can’t go wrong with super moist cake everyone is praising about. On the left is Christmas Chocolate Cake (the icing was amazing) and the one on the right is Dr Pepper Cake. My first time trying it. I couldn’t not specifically taste Dr Pepper but the cake was definitely the moistest cake I’ve ever had and very chocoately. Not your typical store-bought cakes since everyone is coming back for seconds. You can order online and have shipped on dry ice to your door or find a store near you.
Dr Pepper Chocolate Cake is a beautiful cake and is the perfect dessert for National Cake Day or any occasion. Easier and quicker than making a homemade cake.Snacks:
If you have had your meal and are still hanging out for a few hours the kids (and even adults) might get hungry again. I know I don’t want my kids having unlimited dessert so a lighter snack is sometimes a good idea. I love Gaslamp Popcorn (made in the Gaslamp district in San Diego, California). The popcorn is gluten-free and made with simple ingredients creating to-die-for flavors. My favorite is the Kettle Corn (a delicious sweet and salty mix) and my kids love the White Cheddar.
Don’t forget to put food away in storage containers and in the fridge if it is going to be a while before everyone eats. Keep foods cold or hot and don’t leave them too long at room temperature. Make sure everyone washes their hands before eating (since with large gatherings it is easier to forget). Enjoy the day your time together with your family.