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Three Simple Ingredients to Make a Great Dinner for Your Kids


I am @divorcedadoescooking with three simple ingredients coparenting dads can grab from almost any supermarket to make a great home cooked meal for you and your kids


  • 1lb of Italian Sausage.  
  • 3-4 Heirloom tomatoes, the softer the better
  • 3 Packages of Udon noodles.  

Step 1) Grab yourself a large pot or a deep frying pan and pour a little olive oil in it and let heat up.  

Step 2) Take your sausage and put it into the hot pot/pan.  

Step 3) Now using a wooden spoon, start breaking apart the sausage.  You will keep doing this while it is browning, and the sausage is in crumbles.  When doing the browning, start dicing up the tomatoes. This does not need to be pretty,just dice into small pieces.

Step 4) Now once the sausage is browned, , dump the tomatoes into the pot/pan and mix it all up.  

Step 5) This part will take approximately 30 minutes.  Add salt, pepper and garlic salt if you have it and set heat so that the tomatoes are slightly bubbling.  This will cook down the tomatoes into a sauce. Just stir it every couple minutes.

Step 6) Next—the noodles.  I like to use Udon Noodles, which are the kind used in Japanese cooking for Ramen.  Kids love these noodles because they are so thick and chewy and doa great job of mixing with the sauce.  

Step 7) Open the packages and slowly peel apart the noodles and put them into the sauce.  Once done, mix it up and let it boil once or twice so that everything cooks together.

Step 8) Grab a few bowls or plates and dish it out!  We love to put plain old Kraft Parmesan on top.

Step 9) LAST MOST IMPORTANT STEP:  Eat a great meal with your kids and have a conversation about their day.

Author Background:

After 18 years of marriage, my wife and I decided it was time to get divorced.  We have two beautiful girls and are still good friends coparenting our kids.

I retired when I was 38 in 2008, and have been doing non-profit work along with angel investing ever since.  I also love taking old buildings in economically depressed areas and rehabbing them back to life!

Kids are the most important thing in my life and cooking for them brings us together, allowing us to sit over dinner and have a real conversation about their day.  My ex and I decided that coparenting would work well for us and it’s no secret that good food and family is very important!

Check out the website coming in the future:  You can connect with Tod on instagram @divorcedadoescooking