I started this blog post before I started the Healthy Kids Dinner Cookbook, but you can see here where a lot of the inspiration came from for the recipes included in the book. These aren’t all of the recipes that are in the book and there’s certainly enough in here for another book…but that’s another day!
Healthy kids dinner recipes is more a physical challenge for me. I hate dinner time. There I’ve said it. With a 3 yr old and a six year old it is the biggest hurdle of my day. Negotiating lower prices with suppliers is far easier than getting two children to eat all of their dinner. I’m sure if I fed them fish fingers and chips with lashings of tomato sauce every night they wouldn’t complain, but I want them to eat well. I want them to eat a variety of foods. I want them to embrace food like I do and look forward to trying new foods for the taste explosion it might bring them. God…it’s really all about what I want isn’t it?!
And so I challenged myself to find fifty healthy kids dinner recipes, either ones I currently make, or ones I can try and hopefully add to my collection. Luckily my kids don’t have any food allergies apart from the usual kid gripes, no lettuce, spinach, can’t mix foods (!), one doesn’t eat meat apart from the meats I don’t want him to eat (sausages, bacon and salami).
I’m currently working on a little trick that one of the other mums at school gave to me. I’m giving them a small bowl of vegetables before dinner. Usually about 20 minutes before dinner. So all the veg get eaten first and then I don’t have to grumble too much at dinner time, because I don’t care so much if they don’t eat the meat or starchy stuff (although there will never be a day when they don’t eat the starchy stuff – look out for the flying pigs!). So we’re currently doing edamame and broccoli and I’ll put a bit of tamari on them or some salt or butter. And so far so good! Kale chips are in the mix sometimes as are peas.
And these recipes are just for them. I still cook two dinners as my husband and I aren’t ready for dinner at 5.30pm and finding recipes to please four people is so much harder than finding recipes to feed 2! At the moment Sunday is the only night we eat together.
- Slow Cooked Baked Beans – Martha Stewart
- Vegie Sushi – Taste.com.au
- Gluten Free Rocket Cheddar Muffins – Healthy Seasonal Recipes (serve with kale chips)
- Broccoli & Cheese Patties – Foodlets (please sub garlic powder for garlic)
- Cheesy Jacket Potatoes – Food Network (the pic includes broccoli, but the recipe doesn’t so throw it in!)
- Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato – Skinny Taste
- Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce – Cookie and Kate
- Vegetables in a Creamy Pesto Sauce – Paleo Leap
- Maple Miso Tofu with Soba Noodles – Craving Something Healthy
- Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Tacos – Cooking Classy
- Mini Veggie Pizzas – Vegan Yack Attack
- Lentil Tacos – Alida’s Kitchen
- Veggie Enchiladas – Super Healthy Kids
- Burrito Bowl – Forks over Knives
- Mushroom Vegan Sloppy Joes – The Restless Palate
- Burritos with Spanish Rice and Black Beans – Forks over Knives
- Zuchinni Noodles with Pesto – Two Peas in a Pod
- Vegan Vegetable Fritters – Ascension Kitchen
- Vegan Oven Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole – Vegan Angela
- Lentil Loaf – Oh She Glows
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers – My Whole Food Life
- Cheese and Zucchini Frittata – Good to Know
- Spaghetti Squash Cakes, Peanut Butter Mole & Mexican Slaw – Made Just Right
- White Bean and Avocado Baked Burritos – Ceara’s Kitchen
- Zucchini and Spaghetti Pancakes – Real Simple
- Grain Free Salmon Nuggets – Real Food RN (sub onion and garlic for the powdered stuff and I skip the shredded coconut. Serve with steamed carrots and sweet potato chips)
- Sweet Potato Rosti with Smoked Salmon – Paleo Leap
- Fish Fingers & Mushy Peas – BBC Good Food
- Salmon Wrapped Leaks au Gratin – French Foodie Baby
- Clean and Light Sushi Bowl – Wake the Wolves (pick and choose what your kids will eat)
- Coconut Chicken Nuggets – Fast Paleo
- Mini Broccoli Frittatas with Turkey bacon – Smart Eating for Kids (serve with raw veggies)
- BBQ Chicken with Corn Rice – BBC Good Food
- Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Chips – BBC Good Food
- Kale Sneak in Meatballs – Primavera Kitchen
- Hairy Bikers Spanish Style Chicken Bake – Good To Know
- Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos – Nourishing Meals
- Honey Soy Chicken Wings – The Australian (omit chilli, maybe swap Asian greens for something a bit more kid friendly like edamame. We swap soy for tamari.)
- Gluten Free Italian Meatloaf Muffins – Produce for Kids. If you’ve got time, soak your own beans first, or look for BPA free can of cannellini beans. Serve with veg.
- Beef and Sweet Potato Cottage Pies – Louise Fulton Keats
- Meatballs Baked in Tomato Sauce on Polenta – Simply Delicious Food
- Healthy Kale Fried Rice – Moi
- Pork & Pineapple Kebabs with Green Beans – Foodlets