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Kid-friendly Quick Protein Sources

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

As a mom of four kids ages 9-15, it's often hard to keep good quality foods ready to eat in the fridge or freezer so that we can eat after school or between activities in the evening. I can have great grassfed beef in the freezer, but we can't grab, reheat, and eat a hunk of that. I'm trying to train them to grab 'real' food first, not just beef jerky or Mac nuts or fruit leather. And they are constantly ready to eat... when I'm eating twice. Can be a planning nightmare.

What are your favorite quick, kid-friendly protein sources?

My staples right now are:

  • Salmon burgers (Costco, 6 min to cook from frozen)
  • Precooked grassfed meatballs (reheat and add sauce of some kind)
  • Eggs (scramble, omelette, fried... Takes minutes)
  • tuna or salmon salad (from can, with mayo- 9 yo can do this)

Help me at to that list, please!

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 26, 2012
at 02:37 PM

sometimes when I am tired of soups, I will do casseroles instead. I don't freeze them but they are still good for heating during the week if you can make them over the weekend. Shepherd's pie is good (we eat potatoes) or chicken casseroles with different veggies. When I want to do those, I just google paleo casseroles and there are some good recipes. Maybe they would like that more?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on October 26, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Never tried this myself, but: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=88528

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:45 AM

Can also make salmon into a dip for raw veges, or for homemade paleo sweet potato/potato/kale chips (Havent made any paleo chips myself yet, but I do know that salmon with something creamy blends nicely and is easy to do). For a dip just blend it with whipping cream, or cream cheese. Again maybe a little lemon juice and some chives.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:43 AM

I usually just eat it lol, straight. Salmon is yum. Goes nice with brie, cream cheese etc, but yeah, i usually just eat it - just with my hands too :P. Expensive though I guess, but its great nutrition, as delicious as bacon (probably more) and can be eaten on the go. If you want to present it, chuck on it some kinda soft cheese (brie is perfect, but expensive, any soft cheese will do), some cream cheese, some rocket, baby spinach, capcicun, chives, maybe little lemon juice? Sorta cheesy salad-ish thing, easy enough to throw together.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:42 AM

Can also make salmon into a dip for raw veges, or for homemade paleo sweet potato/potato/kale chips (Havent made any paleo chips myself yet, but I do know that salmon with something creamy blends nicely and is easy to do)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:40 AM

I usually just eat it lol, straight. Salmon is yum. Goes nice with brie, cream cheese, sour cream etc, but yeah, i usually just eat it - just with my hands too :P. Expensive though I guess, but its great nutrition, as delicious as bacon (probably more) and can be eaten on the go. If you want to present it, chuck on it some kinda soft cheese (brie is perfect, but expensive, any soft cheese will do), some cream cheese, some rocket, baby spinach, capcicun, chives, maybe little lemon juice? Sorta cheesy salad-ish thing, easy enough to throw together.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I need to get over my bone phobia... I bet this would work, and be fairly inexpensive. And I bet they would eat them too. Thumbs up, Linda.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:32 AM

This, I need to do. I get overwhelmed with the quantity I would need to cook in order to save some for later. We go through 3# of ground beef in a meal, with a little leftover for dad's lunch the next day. Is there an easy ya to brown 10# of ground beef? :D

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Love, love, love the zoodles term. I am taking that and running with it. :) They love ramen, so I might be able to get away with this idea. Did the sausage thing this morning- we are totally on the same wavelength. Thanks!

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Not off base, but my monkeys aren't huge fans of boiled eggs. They'll eat them once a week, maybe. As for nuts, they would happily eat a whole paycheck worth of macadamia nuts in a week. It's hard to retrain taste buds. We forced the paleo thing for 6 months, and it was much better for everyone. As we got off track, my daughters tummy issues returned with a vengeance, my son regained a significant amount of weight, and another started having skin issues again. Nutrition really is important- you are so right about that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:51 PM

How do you like to use the smoked salmon? My kids love salmon, and I bought the smoked stuff at Costco last week, but am clueless as to how to present it. I've only eaten it in swanky restaurants. (Which means only a few times... In ways we wouldn't eat it at home.) the chicken is a good thought. I'm wondering how the bacon wrapped chicken tenders would fare freezing them after cooking? I think the bacon would get icky soggy. Thanks!

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Thanks, Britt. I need to get back in the habit of making paleo granola. Soup is a good idea, but they are not fans. Maybe I need to see if there is some 'snack' soup they would vote for... :)

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7c5528e1cd3c8b520c9bc84fd6e480c9

on October 26, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I often pre-cook chicken wings or drumsticks with a tasty bbq sauce and keep them in the fridge for a quick snack.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I need to get over my bone phobia... I bet this would work, and be fairly inexpensive. And I bet they would eat them too. Thumbs up, Linda.

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on October 26, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Beef Pemmican, Grass fed Beef Jerky. I saw a recipe for Bacon Avocado "Sandwiches" that looked like adult dog treats!

Matt
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8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

on October 26, 2012
at 02:28 AM

Why can't you have a hunk of cooked meat to reheat? Its great to have hamburger patties cooked and lettuce leaves prepped for a hamburger wrap. Or cold cooked steak. If its highly marinated and then sliced its perfect to grab and eat or throw on a salad. If you do dairy...grass fed cheese is the ultimate nutrient dense quick snack! Also I like to have an egg bake (aka fritatta) in the fridge. Eggs, cooked down veggies, cheese, herbs....maybe bacon or ham. Really great cold or reheated!

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12358894be02c2da1862ea3f4422c195

on October 26, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I apologize if this is off base, or if you've thought of it. I've been using hard-boiled eggs and nuts for my daytime protein. I'm with you on the "real food" issue, particularly with kids - I daydream about what my adolescence would have been like if nutrition had been a focus in my household.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Not off base, but my monkeys aren't huge fans of boiled eggs. They'll eat them once a week, maybe. As for nuts, they would happily eat a whole paycheck worth of macadamia nuts in a week. It's hard to retrain taste buds. We forced the paleo thing for 6 months, and it was much better for everyone. As we got off track, my daughters tummy issues returned with a vengeance, my son regained a significant amount of weight, and another started having skin issues again. Nutrition really is important- you are so right about that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on October 26, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Nuts. I make homemade "nutola" (granola made of nuts, seeds, coconut, and flax) which is great for snacking. Also homemade gluten-free crackers (made of nut meal--recipe from "The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking") which can be dipped in pre-made dips (i.e. zucchini hummous, guacamole, nut or coconut butter, cheese or butter if dairy is OK). A spoonful of nut butter is a nice snack all by itself.

I make bone broth and freeze it in ice cube trays. It's easy to pop a couple in a microwave or pot and heat it for a warm beverage, especially on a cold winter day. I've also dehydrated grated zucchini to toss in the broth for "zoodles", but mostly I sip it like tea.

Homemade lacto-fermented pickles. (Sorry, not protein, but a great quick snack that often satisfies the "munchies").

If you can find "clean" breakfast sausages (no nitrites, from pastured chicken or beef), cook them up ahead of time and store them in a jar in the fridge. They're good cold or warmed up.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Love, love, love the zoodles term. I am taking that and running with it. :) They love ramen, so I might be able to get away with this idea. Did the sausage thing this morning- we are totally on the same wavelength. Thanks!

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Brown some ground beef and keep it in the fridge. That can be quickly heated up and put on top of some salad with salsa and shredded cheese (if you do dairy).

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on October 26, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Never tried this myself, but: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=88528

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:32 AM

This, I need to do. I get overwhelmed with the quantity I would need to cook in order to save some for later. We go through 3# of ground beef in a meal, with a little leftover for dad's lunch the next day. Is there an easy ya to brown 10# of ground beef? :D

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 25, 2012
at 09:37 PM

I cook beef stew and pumpkin soups in batches and freeze them to reheat latter in the microwave (adding a splash of cream to the soup when its heated). Some other ideas that come to mind are cold chicken, pre-boiled eggs, greek yogurt, smoked salmon.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:43 AM

I usually just eat it lol, straight. Salmon is yum. Goes nice with brie, cream cheese etc, but yeah, i usually just eat it - just with my hands too :P. Expensive though I guess, but its great nutrition, as delicious as bacon (probably more) and can be eaten on the go. If you want to present it, chuck on it some kinda soft cheese (brie is perfect, but expensive, any soft cheese will do), some cream cheese, some rocket, baby spinach, capcicun, chives, maybe little lemon juice? Sorta cheesy salad-ish thing, easy enough to throw together.

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:51 PM

How do you like to use the smoked salmon? My kids love salmon, and I bought the smoked stuff at Costco last week, but am clueless as to how to present it. I've only eaten it in swanky restaurants. (Which means only a few times... In ways we wouldn't eat it at home.) the chicken is a good thought. I'm wondering how the bacon wrapped chicken tenders would fare freezing them after cooking? I think the bacon would get icky soggy. Thanks!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:40 AM

I usually just eat it lol, straight. Salmon is yum. Goes nice with brie, cream cheese, sour cream etc, but yeah, i usually just eat it - just with my hands too :P. Expensive though I guess, but its great nutrition, as delicious as bacon (probably more) and can be eaten on the go. If you want to present it, chuck on it some kinda soft cheese (brie is perfect, but expensive, any soft cheese will do), some cream cheese, some rocket, baby spinach, capcicun, chives, maybe little lemon juice? Sorta cheesy salad-ish thing, easy enough to throw together.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:42 AM

Can also make salmon into a dip for raw veges, or for homemade paleo sweet potato/potato/kale chips (Havent made any paleo chips myself yet, but I do know that salmon with something creamy blends nicely and is easy to do)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 26, 2012
at 08:45 AM

Can also make salmon into a dip for raw veges, or for homemade paleo sweet potato/potato/kale chips (Havent made any paleo chips myself yet, but I do know that salmon with something creamy blends nicely and is easy to do). For a dip just blend it with whipping cream, or cream cheese. Again maybe a little lemon juice and some chives.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 25, 2012
at 09:09 PM

I love greek yogurt. It can be eaten plain for with fruit added or it can be added to smoothies. I use it as a go to protein source. Another thing I like to do is make huge batches of soup... we eat half of it the week it is made and freeze the other half. On those busy weeks, I can easily pull that half out and keep in the fridge. A hot bowl of homemade soup can be eaten any time... I also like keeping paleo cereal around that contains mixed dried fruits and nuts and then I add almond milk and pomegranate seeds when ready to eat. I don't have kids get, but my SO cooks for himself about as well as a 9 year old so I have to keep easy things around for him :)

F44a902b69e4ac0f920d395c6ee81029

(65)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Thanks, Britt. I need to get back in the habit of making paleo granola. Soup is a good idea, but they are not fans. Maybe I need to see if there is some 'snack' soup they would vote for... :)

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on October 26, 2012
at 02:37 PM

sometimes when I am tired of soups, I will do casseroles instead. I don't freeze them but they are still good for heating during the week if you can make them over the weekend. Shepherd's pie is good (we eat potatoes) or chicken casseroles with different veggies. When I want to do those, I just google paleo casseroles and there are some good recipes. Maybe they would like that more?

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