Getting kids to eat healthy foods can be quite a challenge and for many years I tried and failed with umpteen recipes which I thought that my kids would enjoy. I know that my kids have to eat well, but the last thing I want to do is demand that they eat their veg and health portions, I will if I have to, but nobody wants to force food down their child.
Instead of this then, I went back to the drawing board and came up with some great recipes which my kids love as much as me. If you are trying to get your kids to eat well, try one of these four delicious and healthy options.
I love to use pasta with the kids because it is so flexible and can lend itself to a variety of meals, plus it gives you the chance to sneak in some healthy goodness. I like to use wholewheat pasta for its health benefits and my pasta meal of choice is pasta in a Philadelphia sauce, served with mushrooms and fresh green beans. I always make sure that I add a little garlic and herbs to the Philadelphia sauce and the kids absolutely love it. This is also very easy to make, throw the beans in to cook with the pasta whilst slowly frying the mushrooms. The Philly sauce is made by simply adding it to the hot pasta, throw the mushrooms in, add some herbs and voila.
I love to et my kids cooking with me and making burgers is a great activity, nice and messy! Use turkey mince as it has significantly less fat than beef mince. Simply mix the mince with some whisked egg and whatever flavors you can think of, bake it in the oven and then add some fresh salad to finish it off. Healthy, fun to make and the kids really like it.
Shop-bought pizzas are usually very fatty and filled with preservatives and chemicals and it is far better to make your own. Use either a tortilla wrap or make your own very simple pizza dough, before letting the kids go wild with healthy toppings for their pizza. Bake the pizza in the oven and see who’s pizza turned out best.
I was bought a tagging some years ago and it was only last year when my eldest asked me about it, that we started using it. Tagines will slow cook meat and other ingredients like fruit and veg, to give you a succulent and flavorsome meal, and my kids absolutely love it. We bought a tagging cook book and we are gradually working our way through the pages. Because of the way that the meat cooks, plus the veggies inside, these are some very healthy dishes, which kids really enjoy to eat.
What healthy meals do you make for your kids? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.