Keri's Kitchen: A Dinner Your Kids Will Love

Please even picky eaters with this simple dinner recipe

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Whether you are a professionally-trained chef, foodie, or your family's resident cook, making dinner for the kids can be a challenge. One has an allergy, another is a picky eater, and the other won't eat anything without ketchup—it's always something. To avoid dinnertime drama, I keep in constant rotation five "go-to" meals that are healthy, tasty, and I know the kids will eat. But I always throw something novel into the mix to get my kids to try new foods and to prevent boredom. I also have a few "fast-food" meals that I can pull together with the healthiest frozen ingredients that my kitchen is always stocked with.

In this series, I will introduce you to recipes you and your family can try, always including something the kids can help with. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen can do more than you think: It can improve their health, reduce mealtime stress, and can even be educational. When kids see what ingredients go into their meals, it not only teaches them about different kinds of food, but also makes them appreciate healthy, nutritious choices over unhealthy ones.

Kebabs have always been a favorite of mine, and my kids, Maizy, 6, and Rex, 9, have grown to love them as well. They are quick and easy, and of course, fun to assemble. Below are my recipes for lemon-grilled chicken kebabs and cucumber and tomato crudités on a skewer. Cut up some seasonal, fresh fruit for dessert and you've got a dinner your kids won't say no to.

Lemon-Grilled Chicken Kebabs

• ¼ cup olive oil

• ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon dried thyme

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

• 4 skewers

Directions

1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, and thyme together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. Marinate chicken breast for at least 2 hours.

3. Grill chicken on each side for about 5 minutes.

4. Slice the chicken into 8 even pieces.

5. Place chicken pieces onto skewers. The kids can do this!

6. Serve with lemony yogurt sauce.

Serves: 2

Lemony Yogurt Sauce

• 1 cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt

• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

• Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Mix yogurt, lemon juice, and dill together.

2. Add salt and pepper.

Serves: 8

Cucumber and Tomato Crudités on Skewers

• 1 cucumber

• 20 grape tomatoes

• 4 skewers

Directions

1. Peel cucumber and cut into chunks.

2. On each skewer, alternate a grape tomato with a cucumber chunk, filling all 4 skewers. (A perfect activity for the kids to do while the chicken is cooking!)

3. Serve as is or with lemony yogurt sauce.

Serves: 2

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Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City, and Nutritious Life Meals, a gourmet, healthy, daily diet delivery program available across the U.S. She is a member of Women's Health Magazine's advisory board and has authored three books: Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet, and The Snack Factor Diet. Her expertise is regularly featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Access Hollywood Live, among others, and she hosts "A Little Bit Better" on Youtube's Livestrong Woman channel. Read more of Keri's tips every day on Facebook!