5 Healthy Dinner Ideas Your Kids Will Love
It’s a dilemma as old as parenting itself—finding a way to feed your children healthy food that they actually like. We have scoured the internet and found recipes that they will not only like, they might even love. Check out our list and hopefully your kids will soon be asking for seconds.
Breakfast for Dinner
Moms and Dads have been serving up this go-to kid-friendly meal for decades. But it has the potential to get super unhealthy. However, if you strategize a little bit, you can make it extremely healthy. Instead of sugary pancakes with lots of syrup, try cooking up these healthy whole wheat pancakes and serving them with honey. Scramble up some protein-packed eggs, toast some whole wheat bread and cut up strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Tip: if you make the pancakes and fruit into a silly face, they won’t even realize the syrup is missing.
Clever parents know how to sneak vegetables into their picky eaters’ meals. Adding butternut squash is a great way to give your kids more Vitamin A, beta carotene, fiber and iron. Plus, it adds a creaminess to any pasta. If you’re intimidated by the idea of cutting and peeling a butternut squash, just buy a bag of the pre-cubed kind. Parents love this mac and cheese recipe because not only is it healthy, it calls for only five ingredients. Kids love it because let’s face it, most kids just love mac and cheese.
With kids, sometimes it’s all about the presentation. Serve them sliced meatloaf and they are likely to say, “Gross!” Serve them mini meatloaf muffins and your chances go up that they will try it. There are so many variations on this meal and so many ways to make it healthy—use lean turkey instead of beef and add in veggies like carrots and zucchini. Pick the one that works for your family and just to increase your odds of success, give it a fun name like “mini monster muffins” or “meatloaf cupcakes.”
Play into your kids’ love of Mexican food with this healthy—and did we mention easy?—enchilada casserole. The crockpot makes it easy; the rice, black beans, veggies and chicken make it healthy. It has everything kids love about enchiladas, minus the tortillas.
It’s a fact. Kids go gaga for chicken nuggets. And we get it—heating up the frozen kind makes dinnertime super easy. But those overly processed nuggets have so many ingredients, sometimes they are barely even chicken. With this homemade chicken nugget recipe, though, you can bake them at home with only four ingredients. It might be challenging to shape them like little dinosaurs but still, we think this easy recipe is a win-win.