Yesterday was my birthday–46 big ones. Yes, I am closer to 50 than 40–and blessed with a wonderful family, a career I love, friends, family and mostly good people who enter my days on a regular basis.
In 2 weeks, it will be the 3rd birthday of this blog also. So, on behalf of both, I thank you for being part of my life and my blog!
In the spirit of babysitting, I am turning this week’s post over to guest writer Nancy Parker, a former nanny and budding writer.
We all know good child care can be expensive. Many who splurge on the babysitter wish to save a little cash on dinner for the kiddos–I know I do! Nancy has some insight to share from her years of nannydom. Welcome Nancy!
Typically it is up to the parents to have dinner set up or ordered before the babysitter arrives to babysit. If your babysitter is older and responsible, here are a few quick and healthy babysitter dinners that will not only satisfy your child but your needs for their health.
Every kid loves a good pizza on the weekend! A homemade pizza can save you money, not to mention help you control the health quality.
Have all the ingredients purchased and ready for your babysitter. A pizza is pretty self-explanatory and doesn’t require an open flame. An added bonus is this can be a fun activity for the kids to help with!
- Purchase a thin crust pizza crust to bake or wheat pre-made wheat crust
- Pizza sauce
- Low moisture mozzarella cheese and reduced fat cheddar cheese
- Turkey pepperoni (the kids will never know the difference!)
- Any veggies (broccoli, sweet peppers, onions, olives, etc)
Ever notice how kids flock around the salad bar at restaurants? There is a fascination in creating a salad masterpiece, and a Dinner Bar approach works wonders.
Have the ingredients in the fridge and have the babysitter place everything in separate bowls and allow the kids turns at building their own yummy salad.
- Package lettuce of your choice
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Broccoli florets
- Precut Carrots
- Reduced fat feta or blue cheese crumbles
- Reduced fat bacon bits
- Chopped chicken (try a rotisserie chicken)
- Two to three salad dressing options
- Any other veggies that your kiddos like
Fruit pizza pie
There is always room for desert! Following in theme with the pizza night, a fruit pizza pie is always a big hit and a healthy alternative to ice cream and other sweets.
- Canned dough, place in a pie pan (bake according to package directions)
- ½ bag of strawberries or other berries
- sliced fresh peaches
- strawberry cream cheese
- Spread the cream cheese on the dough and top with fruit
There are no exact recipes for these three suggestions but always follow the package instructions. The point and purpose are to make it your own and something that your kids love to eat. These are simple, quick and something your babysitter can do!
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about a wide range of subjects like health, parenting, child care, babysitting, nanny background check tips, etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: August 22, 2012
Updated on: May 12, 2019