Hi, moms! Your Crock-Pot meals have been pretty good, for the most part. But there's a reason why that string bean and beef stew you served the other night made me (and your toddler too, I'm sure) throw everything from the table onto the floor. I didn't deserve a "time-out" for that. It's not my fault those string beans were so ... stringy. That the beef was ... too beefy? Chewy? I don't pretend to know enough about fine cuisine to tell you exactly what was wrong with it -- but I can tell you how to fix your mistake.
Put away your slow cooker and make things even easier on yourself by serving this genius meal guaranteed to get any child eating: Chocolate Chip Waffle Lasagna With Medley of Cheerios. Doesn't that sound super yummy?! Read on for the easy peezy recipe.
Chocolate Chip Waffle Lasagna With Medley of Cheerios
3 chocolate-chip waffles (the frozen kind are just fine)
1/2 cup whipped cream
1/4 cup raisins
2 strawberries, sliced (See? Food can be delish AND healthy!)
Scoop of cocoa powder
1/2 cup Cheerios
3 chocolate lollipops
Stick 3 frozen chocolate-chip waffles in the toaster. Let me watch TV or play on your laptop while they get warm so you won't have to hear me ask a million times, "Are they ready yet?"
Place 1 waffle on a plate and spoon a dollop of whipped cream on top of it. Layer it with a second waffle and add more whipped cream. Top it off with the third waffle and use up the rest of the whipped cream on top. Remember: if 1/2 cup of whipped cream doesn't seem like enough, you can (and should) always add more. I recommend using the entire tub to be on the safe side.
Dot raisins all along the sides of the waffles, being careful to leave a little space where whipped cream can yummily ooze out. Don't forget to crown this masterpiece with a good number of raisins, as well.
Situate the sliced strawberries along the whipped cream on the top waffle.
Take a scoop of cocoa powder and sprinkle it on the tippy top of the waffle tower.
Drizzle a little maple syrup over the entire waffle structure -- after all, waffles without syrup are a perfectly acceptable reason to throw a major tantrum.
Place Cheerios all around the waffles. Don't worry: even though I refuse to use the potty, I can and will easily be able to scoop these little suckers up with my fork and get the perfect waffle-whipped-cream-raisin-strawberry-cocoa-Cheerio ratio.
This is the most important step of all: at least 3 chocolate lollipops MUST appear at the top of the highest waffle. Without these, the entire meal is deemed inedible and I won't eat a single bite of it. Really. I'm not kidding. Just try me.
Image via Kiera Fogarty