Healthy Kids Snacks (and more advice to get your child to eat healthy)

Kids and Healthy Food

I’ve been reading a lot on forums about how to get kids to healthy food. It’s still something we struggle with, but I’ve noticed our struggle is different from a lot of other parents. We are not fighting against junk food.

A lot of parents write on forums saying their kids just eat junk food and carbs, and they can’t get them to eat fruits and vegetables. My kids eat a lot of carbs too but no junk food. Why? Because we don’t have any.

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50 Healthy Kids Dinner Recipes

Healthy Kids Dinner Recipes

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 are 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.


  1. Slow Cooked Baked Beans – Martha Stewart
  2. Vegie Sushi –
  3. Gluten Free Rocket Cheddar Muffins – Healthy Seasonal Recipes (serve with kale chips)
  4. Broccoli & Cheese Patties – Foodlets (please sub garlic powder for garlic)
  5. Cheesy Jacket Potatoes – Food Network (the pic includes broccoli, but the recipe doesn’t so throw it in!)
  6. Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato – Skinny Taste
  7. Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce – Cookie and Kate
  8. Vegetables in a Creamy Pesto Sauce – Paleo Leap
  9. Maple Miso Tofu with Soba Noodles – Craving Something Healthy
  10. Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Tacos – Cooking Classy
  11. Mini Veggie Pizzas – Vegan Yack Attack
  12. Lentil Tacos – Alida’s Kitchen
  13. Veggie Enchiladas – Super Healthy Kids
  14. Burrito Bowl – Forks over Knives
  15. Mushroom Vegan Sloppy Joes – The Restless Palate
  16. Burritos with Spanish Rice and Black Beans – Forks over Knives
  17. Zuchinni Noodles with Pesto – Two Peas in a Pod
  18. Vegan Vegetable Fritters – Ascension Kitchen
  19. Vegan Oven Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole – Vegan Angela
  20. Lentil Loaf – Oh She Glows
  21. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers – My Whole Food Life
  22. Cheese and Zucchini Frittata – Good to Know
  23. Spaghetti Squash Cakes, Peanut Butter Mole & Mexican Slaw – Made Just Right
  24. White Bean and Avocado Baked Burritos – Ceara’s Kitchen
  25. Zucchini and Spaghetti Pancakes – Real Simple


  1. 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)
  2. Sweet Potato Rosti with Smoked Salmon – Paleo Leap
  3. Fish Fingers & Mushy Peas – BBC Good Food
  4. Salmon Wrapped Leaks au Gratin – French Foodie Baby
  5. Clean and Light Sushi Bowl – Wake the Wolves (pick and choose what your kids will eat)


  1. Coconut Chicken Nuggets – Fast Paleo
  2. Mini Broccoli Frittatas with Turkey bacon – Smart Eating for Kids (serve with raw veggies)
  3. BBQ Chicken with Corn Rice – BBC Good Food
  4. Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Chips – BBC Good Food
  5. Kale Sneak in Meatballs – Primavera Kitchen
  6. Hairy Bikers Spanish Style Chicken Bake – Good To Know
  7. Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos – Nourishing Meals
  8. 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.)


  1. 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.
  2. Beef and Sweet Potato Cottage Pies – Louise Fulton Keats
  3. Meatballs Baked in Tomato Sauce on Polenta – Simply Delicious Food
  4. Healthy Kale Fried Rice – Moi
  5. Pork & Pineapple Kebabs with Green Beans – Foodlets


  1. Sweet potato chips – Sarah Coates
  2. Kale chips – Oh She Glows
  3. Tom’s Perfect Mashed potato – Country Living
  4. Steamed broccoli – Simply Recipes
  5. Boiled peas – BBC Good Food
  6. Roasted Vegetables – Damn Delicious

My book contains heaps of healthy kids dinner recipes and is available on Kindle:

Healthy Kids Party Food Recipes : My Cookbook!

I’ve just published my first cookbook on Amazon!

I’ve been working on this since the start of the year and was hoping to have it finished a lot sooner, but I kept deliberating, wanting to add more, test more, so in the end I gave myself a good talking to and decided to finish it. The beauty of Amazon Kindle means I can go back and edit and update it, so I can add more recipes!

At the moment it contains 40 recipes great for children from 1-12ish. They are mostly gluten free, sugar free and dairy free. I’ve also marked what is egg free, nut free, vegan and vegetarian.

There are a heap of sweet treats as we all know these are most important at any kid’s party! But they are healthy, so no need to feel bad about serving them.

I’m going to make it free as soon as I can figure out how to do it and will let you know so you can download it! It’s now free for this week!

For the meantime, this is the link: