This Shrimp Ramen with Garlic & Ginger sauce didn’t happen during screen time. Usually, when I make dinner, I let the kids watch TV. While I would love for them to play outside or do an “activity” inside while I cook, I usually end up having to intervene or mediate some kind of disagreement or find a child biking sans a helmet. But, now that my kids are on screens all day due to online learning, I’ve felt more guilt letting them watch MORE screens in order for me to peacefully make dinner. So, last night’s dinner prep happened with them around, but here’s why I’m turning on the TV for 30 minutes tonight…
Child: Make sure whatever screen time your child watches is completely appropriate and ENJOYED for your child. What this often means is that my oldest watches something on one screen while my younger two watch a different program. We agree first, watch next.
Content: Honestly, they’re a TON of high-quality shows and games online. Quality trumps quantity. As long as my four-year old is watching PBS kids, and my older boys are inspired from the sweet true stories from the American Ninja Warriors, I’m ok. But, I do have to guide them…otherwise, wise choices might not be made. Check out some of our favorites.
Context: How I interact with the media matters. My oldest son LOVES to share what he is watching/doing And, often my lacadsaslcai response of “cool!” is not enough. Taking a few additional moments to engage with them can make all the difference. It helps us to connect, and my interest in their interests, are meaningful.
Let’s Get Back to the Shrimp Ramen with Garlic and Ginger Sauce
This week’s short-cut ingredient are ramen noodles without the spice packet. I love the texture and flavor of ramen noodles, but the spice packet is a sodium BOMB. So, we’re leaving it out. For veggies, I used cabbage and mushrooms, but you could sub any veggie. Peppers, bok choy, broccoli, sugar or snap peas would work perfectly. For the protein, we used frozen shrimp, but chicken, pork or tofu would also fit.
So, turn on a show that your child likes, is appropriate, and you could manage to watch for 5 minutes yourself. Then turn on the sauté pan, and whip up this easy-ish shrimp ramen with garlic and ginger sauce recipe!
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