I have a little confession to make…
I have a secret. No, it’s not exactly a big juicy secret. Not one of those kinds you can’t speak of in front of the kids. But still, it’s a secret I feel a little embarrassed to admit. However, it’s a secret I know I need to admit. It’s time.
You see, all these creative ideas I share here on B-Inspired Mama:
the colorful kids’ crafts…
the clever preschool learning activities…
the fun lunch ideas…
they just don’t happen in real life as often as it seems here in internet-fantasy-land.
I’m an overwhelmed working mom like many of you, and even though it’s part of my job sometimes, messy crafting sessions with the kids and packing fun lunch box meals don’t always fit in my busy day.
So here’s my other secret…
When I do fit in creative projects for the kids, I keep them simple. My secret for simple? Use awesome products that make fun and creativity easy and convenient!
Like using Young’s Seafood Flipper Dippers to make a seriously easy weeknight meal the kids love and a super fun lunch the next day, too!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Young’s Seafood. The opinions and text are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.
Try Flipper Dippers for an Easy Dinner & Fun Lunch the Next Day!
Young’s Seafood might be a new brand to you; that’s because they’re only recently debuting stateside. But that doesn’t mean they’re new! They bring 200 years of British Chip Shop heritage and a trusted reputation as the U.K.’s number one seafood brand with them. So you’ll surely get high quality, delicious recipes in these frozen fish products!
I highly recommend the cute fish-shaped Flipper Dippers as an easy way to delight and satisfy the kids (and sneak in some Omega-3s we all know boosts their brain development). But you can also try the Cod and Haddock Fillets in Crispy Beer Batter, Chunky Cod Fillet Fingers in Light Tempura Batter or the Traditional British Crispy Battered Cod Fillet & Chips.
Any of these would make convenient and delicious meal solutions for busy weeknights and can be found right at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club.
Check out the easy meal I made with those cute Flipper Dippers…
Gone Fishin’ Mac & Cheese
This fish stick casserole-inspired recipe is perfect for those weeknights when you just want to pop something easy in the oven, yet you want that warm comfort food meal that usually takes so long to make. And you want something FUN the kids will get a kick out of!
But it’s SO easy, it doesn’t even warrant a full recipe.
You just make your favorite simple baked mac and cheese recipe (or a frozen macaroni and cheese from the store; I won’t tell!). This can be done ahead of time and frozen or refrigerated so it’s even easier for busy weeknights.
While that’s baking, prepare your Flipper Dippers, either in the oven too or fried according to package directions.
Then, when your mac and cheese has 5-10 minutes to go before it’s done, pull it out of the oven, sprinkle some shredded cheese of your choice on top, top with the Flipper Dippers, and return to the oven uncovered for about 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the Flipper Dippers are a little crispy on top. Yummy!
The kids loved the fun shape of the Flipper Dippers, of course! And the shape makes it easy to give the meal a fun name like, “Gone Fishin’ Mac & Cheese!” to make dinner time more fun and to entice picky eaters.
They also loved the crunchy breadcrumb coating. Which paired perfectly with the creamy macaroni and cheese.
Oh, make sure to make an extra box of Flipper Dippers when you have the oven on for the kids’ lunch the next day! Here’s a fun lunch you can make with these fish-shaped cuties…
Go Fish! A Fun Lunch for Kids
This fun lunch is super easy to make for your little one. You’ll already have your fish ready to go (if you’re using properly refrigerated leftover Flipper Dippers from last night’s dinner) and there’s very little prep otherwise. Plus, this lunch has got some good veggies, a handful of antioxidant-rich blueberries, those brain-boosting Omega-3s from the Young’s Seafood Flipper Dippers, and a special treat to make the fishing pole!
Here’s how to make it…
First, spread a small handful of carrot out in the larger area of a divided container.
Next, add Flipper Dippers (leftover and properly refrigerated or pre-cooked according to package directions) on top of the carrots. Yes, they have an orange pond. This is make-believe. Anything is possible!
Next, add some celery sticks to the other area of the divided container.
Then, add a small cup (you could use a paper muffin tin too) of blueberries at the bottom of the celery sticks.
Finally, tie one end of a piece of licorice laces or candy rope to the end of a celery stick and the other end of the laces/rope to a gummy worm to make a fishing pole. Position the fishing pole so the worm is in with the Flipper Dippers and let your kiddo “Go Fish!” in their fun lunch!
See, so easy! I honestly wouldn’t have taken the time to make such a fun lunch without those cute fish-shaped Flipper Dippers.
So now you know my secret… But don’t worry, I’ll keep sharing my favorite fun and creative tricks and products with you when I find them!
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Go Fish! Fun Lunch Recipe
- 3 fish-shaped frozen breaded fish nugget ((pre-cooked according to package directions and properly refrigerated if leftover from last night's dinner))
- 1/2 cups shredded carrots
- 1/4 cups blueberries
- 1-2 stalk celery ((sliced and cut into 3-4" pieces))
- 8-10" piece string candy (i.e., licorice lace)
- 1 gummy worms
- First, spread small handful of shredded carrot out in larger area of a divided container.
- Next, add Flipper Dippers on top of carrots.
- Next, add celery sticks to other area of divided container.
- Then, place a small cup (or paper muffin tin) of blueberries at the bottom of celery sticks.
- Finally, tie one end of piece of licorice laces or candy rope to end of a celery stick and other end of the laces/rope to gummy worm to make a fishing pole. Position fishing pole so the worm is in with Flipper Dippers and let your kiddo "Go Fish!" in their fun lunch!
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