5 recipes to feed your kids and not get crazy

If you are getting crazy trying to feed your adorable kids with something healthy, and they just turn away, close their mouths and smear food on a plate…You are not alone.

And you know what? That’s normal. Every mom wants her kids to eat healthy food. And kids always prefer to eat some sweets, ice-cream, or terrible junk food.

Today we prepared for you 5 great recipes for our small demanding gourmets. We chose recipes that are easy to cook, contain only healthy ingredients, look good and provide your kids with maximum benefits.

Colorful Broccoli Whole Grain Penne

Colorful Broccoli Whole Grain Penne

Kids and vegetables: who wins?

It’s always a small disaster when you want your kids to eat their vegetables. But something bright and beautiful on your Childs’ plate can make them change their mind.

Try this green-red-and-white creamy pasta. So easy to cook, and it looks good and tastes just perfect!

Prep: 20 min Cooking time: 20 min Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
⦁ 3 cups whole-wheat penne pasta
⦁ 2 cups fresh zucchini, diced
⦁ 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
⦁ 1 cup cooked diced chicken fillet
⦁ 2 cups whole milk (or coconut milk)
⦁ 1 garlic clove, chopped
⦁ 1 tbsp whole grain flour
⦁ 1 tsp salt
⦁ ½ tsp ground black pepper (optionally)
⦁ ½ tsp paprika (optionally)
⦁ ½ cup your favorite cheese

Cooking process:
⦁ Cook pasta in a large pot in 2 quarts of water, do not overcook! Drain well.
⦁ Cook zucchini for 5 minutes in a big pan, coated with vegetable oil. Add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute.
⦁ Add cooked pasta, fresh chopped tomatoes, and cooked chicken in a pan. Cook on a low heat for 5 more minutes.
⦁ In a small or medium skillet, heat milk, pepper (optionally), paprika (optionally) flour, and salt. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add grated cheese and stir until cheese melts.
⦁ Pour sauce over pasta, mix well and serve hot!
Each serving (1 ½ -cup serving – 300 calories) contains up to 19 grams of protein and provides your kids with Vitamin A and C, Iron, Calcium, and Sodium.

Your kids will love it!

And a small trick: don’t use the word “vegetables”, call it “macaroni and cheese”.

Roasted Chicken Crispy Burrito

Roasted Chicken Crispy Burrito

Kids love sandwiches! There is a wonderful healthy alternative – crispy burrito, right from Mexico!

With some stories about Mexican people, or with a map in front of them, your kids will learn some geography and eat everything you cooked.

It’s perfect to take with you if you are going for a picnic.

Full of dietary fiber and protein, this recipe will stay in your favorites.

Prep: 30 min Cooking time: 12 min Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
⦁ 1 cup fresh red cabbage, shredded
⦁ 1 cup fresh white cabbage, shredded
⦁ 1 cup fresh carrots, peeled, shredded
⦁ 1 cup fresh spinach
⦁ ½ cup balsamic or ranch dressing
⦁ 1 cup fresh lettuce, chopped
⦁ 1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
⦁ 2 cups chopped chicken fillet, raw
⦁ 1 tsp salt
⦁ 1 tsp smoked paprika
⦁ 1 tsp dried basil
⦁ 1 tsp dried oregano
⦁ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
⦁ 1 fresh avocado, sliced
⦁ 6 whole-wheat tortillas
⦁ 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Cooking process:
⦁ Marinate chopped chicken fillet for one hour with salt, paprika, basil, and oregano.
⦁ Combine red and white cabbage, carrots and spinach, add balsamic or ranch dressing by your choice. Mix and refrigerate for 1 hour.
⦁ Fry chicken in a small pan until fully cooked (use extra virgin olive oil).
⦁ And assemble wrap! Place lettuce on the tortilla, add fried chicken, vegetable mix, fresh tomatoes, and few slices of avocado. Squeeze lime on top. Roll your wrap, cut diagonally and serve immediately. Enjoy your meal with your kids!

Each serving (342 calories for 1 wrap) contains up to 29 grams of protein and provides your kids with a lot of energy to learn, play and have fun!

Vegetable Lasagna with Squash

Vegetable Lasagna with Squash

For kids who don’t like meat.

One piece provides ½ oz equivalent meat alternative and ¾ oz equivalent grains.

If your child doesn’t want to eat meat, don’t worry, it’s possible to find an alternative, and your lovely kid will get all the necessary vitamins and proteins.

Just use the right vegetables and products!

Prep: 30 min Cooking time: 1 hour 35 min Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
⦁ ¾ cup fresh onion, peeled, diced
⦁ 2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
⦁ 1 cup fresh mushrooms, peeled, diced
⦁ 1 ½ cup fresh spinach
⦁ 3 cups fresh squash, peeled, seeded, sliced
⦁ 1 cup fresh carrots, peeled, shredded
⦁ 2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
⦁ 1 cup canned tomato sauce
⦁ 1 tsp salt
⦁ 1 tsp dried basil
⦁ 1 tsp dried oregano
⦁ 1 tsp ground thyme
⦁ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
⦁ 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
⦁ 8 whole-wheat lasagna sheets, no-boil

Cooking process:
⦁ Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
⦁ Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a medium pot, add onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, add carrots. Cook for 2 minutes more, add mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes, add tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, and thyme. Add ½ cup water, mix well and leave on low heat for 10 minutes, uncovered.
⦁ Spread the baking pan with olive oil.
⦁ And assemble lasagna:
⦁ Cover the bottom of the pan with lasagna sheets.
⦁ Spread evenly tomato sauce, about ¼ cup, leave some sauce to cover the upper layer.
⦁ Place fresh spinach, about ¼ cup.
⦁ Place slices of squash, covering all the surface.
⦁ Repeat all layers until the ingredients run out.
⦁ Cover with remain tomato sauce.
⦁ Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
⦁ Serve hot. Enjoy!

This vegetable lasagna is a perfect main dish or garnish.

If you are a meat lover, you always can add some meat sauce, or diced chicken, it still will be wonderful.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Cream Soup

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Cream Soup

That’s really difficult to feed kids with a soup.

They always try to find some ingredients they don’t want to eat and push the plate away. But it will not happen with the cream soup!

Great idea for all family members, especially if you have small kids who just started to enjoy your cooking. And you don’t have to cook something special for everyone!

Your family will enjoy it!

And you can spend your time with your family instead of cooking, still having a healthy meal on your table.

Prep: 20 min Cooking time: 40 min Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
⦁ 1 cup fresh onion, peeled, diced
⦁ 1 tsp ground cumin
⦁ 3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed
⦁ 4 cups half-cooked black beans (or canned black beans)
⦁ 1 cup canned corn
⦁ ¾ cup fresh orange juice
⦁ 1 cup chicken broth or water
⦁ ½ tsp salt
⦁ ¼ tsp smoked paprika
⦁ ¼ tsp ground black pepper (optionally)
⦁ 1 fresh garlic clove, peeled, chopped
⦁ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cooking process:
⦁ In a large pot heat olive oil, add onions and garlic, cook for 2 minutes until tender.
⦁ Add ground cumin and cook for 1 more minute.
⦁ Add sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, orange juice, and chicken broth (or water); bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 25 minutes on low heat.
⦁ Add salt, black pepper, and paprika.
⦁ Chop with a blender until smooth.
⦁ Serve hot.

Sweet potato and black bean cream soup will be perfect to serve with brown rice or cheese croutons.

You can add some shredded cheese right to the soup. And your kids will love its cheesy and creamy texture.

Burgers with Turkey and Cranberries

Burgers with Turkey and Cranberries

If you want your kids to eat meat, make burgers for them!

These burgers are high in protein low-fat.

Cooked with whole-wheat buns and fresh vegetables, homemade burgers are not junk food, but healthy compromise your kids will love!

Prep: 30 min Cooking time: 1 hour 20 min Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
⦁ ½ cup fresh onion, peeled, diced
⦁ ½ cup fresh sweet red peppers, diced
⦁ ¼ cup brown rice flour
⦁ 1 fresh garlic clove, peeled, chopped
⦁ 1 lb ground turkey, raw
⦁ 1 fresh egg
⦁ 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
⦁ 3 tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
⦁ ½ tsp salt
⦁ ¼ tsp ground white pepper
⦁ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
⦁ 6 small whole-wheat buns
⦁ 6 lettuce salad leaves
⦁ 6 big tomato slices

Cooking process:
⦁ Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
⦁ In a medium pan, heat olive oil, add onions, garlic, and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes and cool down.
⦁ Combine ground turkey, one egg, cranberries, and fresh spinach. Add brown rice flour, salt, and spices. Add cooked vegetables, mix well.
⦁ Divide your mixture into 6 equal parts, form cutlets for burgers. Spread the baking pan with olive oil, place cutlets and bake for 20-25 minutes.
⦁ Serve hot on a whole-wheat bun, with fresh lettuce salad and a tomato slice. Add ketchup, mustard, or your favorite sauce.

These burgers are really good if you are going camping or picnicking. They are so easy to cook, so you can trust cooking for your children, and relax enjoying the weather!

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