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Episode 107: “You’re On Your Own” Meals, aka YOYO Dinners

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This week is not about the recipes that we think kids should master before they leave home. Nope. This is about survival. In this episode, we talk about how to prep your pantry and your recipe box to empower kids to cook for themselves at nearly any age. This week is a permission slip to say: you’re on your own. Thank you, YOYO dinners.

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If ever there was a time parents around the world want to yell, in unison, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, it is right now. This week we talk about meal ideas and pantry ingredients that help make it easy for kids to feed themselves.

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Easy Tuna Melts Anyone Can Make — YOYO Dinner Ideas from DIDNT I JUST FEED YOU

Easy Tuna Melts Anyone Can Make 

Makes 4 open faced sandwiches 

Two 6-ounce cans white meat tuna packed in water, drained
2 tablespoons minced celery
1 teaspoon minced flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
2 English muffins, split
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In a small mixing bowl break up the tuna with a fork. Toss with the celery and add the mayonnaise, mustard, and season with pepper to taste. Stir to combine.

Preheat the broiler and set the rack about 4 to 5 inches from the heat source. Arrange the english muffins out on a baking sheet and toast. 

Top with the tuna salad and then the shredded cheese. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.


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