As the winter draws to a close, most of us have had just about enough of rainy weather which means days spent indoors driving each other wild. Now, we’re looking forward to family days in the garden. And, what better way to complement those outdoor excursions than with a BBQ that your children are guaranteed to love?
After all, now is the ideal time to stock up on essential barbie equipment from companies like BBQGuys without having to compete with the summer rush. Furthermore, planning your kid-friendly setup now means that you can get stuck in with this alfresco-eating go-to as soon as the sun makes a proper appearance. But, what exactly does a kid-friendly BBQ look like?
Plenty of extras
Meat is great for protein and taste, but solely meat-based meals aren’t exactly cut out for supporting your child's growth, especially if you tend to crack that grill out regularly during the summer months. As such, from a health-based focus, and for the sake of variety, you might want to start looking for additional barbecue recipes that can complement meat-heavy options. Luckily, there are plenty of kid-approved pasta salad recipes that are sure to fill this void, while simple things like a sweet potato cooked on the barbie, or even a homemade coleslaw with plenty of veg packed in are all going to make a difference, both in terms of flavor, and for the sake of nutrition all around.
As we touched on with the sweet potato suggestion above, barbecuing doesn’t need to be all about the same old burgers, sausages, and chicken. After all, as great as those things can be, your kids aren’t likely to want more than once every week or so. In the meantime, creative BBQ recipes like kebabs, veggie burgers, and even some fantastic fish options could all help to see your barbie getting more use without leaving the kids uninspired. If you’re feeling brave, you could even try BBQ pizzas, which offer great taste and variety while still benefiting from that smokey grill flavor. After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza where your kids are concerned!
Spare some thought for dessert
Often we don’t think all that much about dessert when we’ve got the barbie out, but this is probably your children's favorite part of any meal, meaning that it’s hardly surprising they don’t quite embrace BBQ dinners the way you do. Avoid this by sparing some thought for dessert, either using BBQ-friendly options like roasted bananas, toasted marshmallows, etc. or with desserts that are well-suited to outdoor eating, including fruit salad and fresh fruit popsicles. In each instance, you make sure that you’re finishing the meal with a treat your kids can get behind, leaving a good taste in their mouths, and increasing the chances that they’ll ask for a BBQ again in no time.
Barbecuing is one of the great joys of summer. Get your kids on board this year to ensure that everyone can enjoy those benefits.