When feeding kids, the problem isn’t that they don’t eat, but that they don’t want to eat what we want them to eat. We want them to eat healthy food, but it seems that the more we say “Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you,” the more our kids would turn away, or ask for chicken nuggets instead.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make our kids eat nutritious meals without them scrunching up their noses. It’s all a matter of serving their favorites but adding more of the good stuff in. Here are some of the healthiest but yummiest child-friendly meals that will have your kids running to the table and asking for seconds in seconds!
Cheesy Portobello Caps
If there’s one thing that kids love with their meals, it’s cheese. On your next trip to the market, get some of the biggest Portobello mushroom caps you can find. Roast these, then make a vegetarian lasagna filling of Parmesan cheese, ricotta, and spinach. Put the mix into the roasted portobellos and serve with a tossed salad and spaghetti or a whole-wheat dinner roll.
Glazed Chicken Bites
Why settle for greasy fried chicken fingers when you have a healthier alternative? Make honey-ginger chicken bites from skinless chicken thighs or breasts and pair them up with green beans and rice for a well-balanced, child-friendly meal.
Baked Pork Cutlets
The secret to perfectly-baked breaded pork cutlets is to use low-fat pork tenderloin and cut it into long, quick-cooking fillets. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Your kids won’t believe something healthy can look and taste so good.
Potato and Bacon Frittatas
Who can resist bacon? For a nutritious breakfast treat, trade cereals for a mini frittata that’s packed with fiber and protein to make your kids alert and focused throughout the day. All you need are potatoes, bacon, and eggs! You can even prepare the frittatas at night and warm them up in the microwave for days when you need to rush. Serve with milk and sliced fruits in season for the perfect balanced meal.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Pancake lovers will attest to the fact that pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. Kids will especially love tasty pancakes made with walnuts and carrots, plus they won’t believe you’re letting them eat cake-flavored food for dinner. Flavor with nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, and serve with low-fat milk.
Soft Chicken Tacos
Have a fun picnic lunch by letting your kids make their own tacos! Prepare healthy fillers such as diced cucumber, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, grilled vegetables, shredded lettuce, lean chicken meat or fish, and low-fat cheese, and let your kids eat to their hearts’ desire.
Healthy Sloppy Joe
Lean ground beef takes center stage in this favorite! Buy grass-fed beef online to make this recipe healthier. Add diced fresh plum tomatoes and chopped cremini mushrooms to the beef, stir in tomato sauce, and serve on a whole-wheat bun.
As you can see, it’s not that difficult to make children eat healthy. With these meals, you’ve shown them that eating what’s good for them can be a fun and delicious experience. Plus, your kids aren’t the only ones who will love these meals—we’re sure you will too!