"Mom! What do you have for a snack? I am starving." I hear the same exclamation everyday after school. My 8 year old is always hangry when she gets home and I am always challenged to put something nutritious in front of her to replenish her little mind and body after a long day. My neighbor and friend, Linda who also calls herself my Little Rock mom, gave me some good advice recently, she usually allows her granddaughter, to have a dinner meal after school then later in the evening a protein rich snack. This has been very helpful with my hangry after school kiddos. Who says you have to eat dinner at 5 sharp? Hello, I make the rules here! A large snack after school is often too filling and then the kids aren't hungry for dinner anyway. So I think Linda is on to something-- why not switch it around? Children are not only hungry after school but thirsty. Hydration is a must and I always emphasize fluid intake. Here are some good ideas for the after school... what should we call it? Snack-dinner? How about "Lundinner" (lunch-dinner)? Anyway, call it what you like, but give it a try and see if it helps satisfy those little bellies.
Soup is not only filling but hydrating. My kids love this soup and its so flavorful and full of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Chicken Sausage and Potato Soup
1 lb chicken sausage
1 medium onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
3 medium carrots chopped
4 Russet potatoes washed and chopped with skin on
32oz Chicken Bone Broth
2 dried bay leaves
fresh parmesan cheese
Add olive oil to soup pot or dutch oven. Toss in chopped mirepoix (celery, carrots, and onion) and sauté until onion is shiny and translucent. Add chicken sausage and brown stirring every now and then. Add potatoes, bay leaves, and bone broth. Simmer for 25-30 minutes. Serve with a little parmesan sprinkled on top!