Cooking for the little ones can be a challenge to many people considering that they are very selective in what they eat. As if this is not enough, you can spend hours feeding them a single meal.
They only want to eat what they want and when they want it. To ensure this happens, it is best that you fix an easy but healthy meal when they want to eat. While some parents make meals for the whole family, it is also a good option to have kid’s recipes. Below are just some of these easy to make recipes that come with official designation of "Kid Approved."
15 Spinach, Sweet Potato and Lentil Dal
Heat oil in a frying pan and add onions stirring until its tender and soft. You will then add ginger, crushed garlic and other spices comfortable for the kids' palates. In medium heat, add the sweet potato, lentils, vegetable stock and stir it as you season. This should cook for about 20 minutes before adding the spinach. As soon as the spinach droops, top with basil and spring onions before serving.
14 Vegetable Fritters
Stir flour, an egg and mixed vegetables with cheese (your choice, but we suggest cheddar or mozzarella) in a mixing bowl. In a skillet pan and over medium heat, heat some oil and add some of the vegetable mixture. They should be flattened out and should be cooked on both sides until all the mixture is cooked. The fritters can be served with a spinach salad which is a mixture of cucumber, snow peas, tomatoes and spinach.
13 Crumbed Fish Fingers
For about 15 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius (375F) bake sweet potatoes, potato and one carrot all sliced into chips. Dip the fish fillet strips of your choosing in flour, then in the mixture of egg and milk as well as in the breadcrumbs. This should be baked until cooked. Don't bother changing the temperature on the oven, just throw a few in there and an extra one for tasting/testing. Remember, the thinner you cut the fish, the quicker it cooks.
12 Turkey Pineapple Meatballs
Turkey pineapple meatballs are a favorite for many kids. Preheat the oven to 425F and put the turkey, maybe a .5-1lbs, in a bowl before adding some pepper, bread crumbs, salt as well as an egg and some green onion. Stir until incorporated completely. Roll the mixture into small rounds; put them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Use canned pineapples or dice some fresh and put in a sauté pan with oil. The heat has to be medium. Add water, ketchup, stir and leave it to simmer. Play with the sauce ingredients as some kids prefer it thicker or thinner and sweeter than others.
11 Mexican Skillet Casserole
On medium heat, heat some oil in a skillet pan before adding minced garlic and onion, cook until tender. Add beef or chicken, most any cut will do, and stir until completely browned before stirring in ground cumin, chili powder and salt.
You now add tomatoes, cooked black beans, rice and cook until done. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. This simple dish takes about 20 minutes depending on the cut of meat you use, but its good to remember that you can also cook it in a slow cooker all day long, low and slow. The longer it cooks, the tastier it becomes. Serve with rice.
10 Black Bean Burgers
Mash or blend the black beans in a bowl depending on how you prefer them. Pulse the onions, green pepper and garlic in a food processor before adding them to the mashed black beans. You add the egg replacer, cumin, bread crumbs, cooked brown rice, and salt, stirring until well incorporated.
You then shape them in patties and grill for about 20 minutes or bake at 425F for about 30 minutes. Serve by topping with burger ingredients that you prefer, I mean your children prefer.
9 Creamy Peas and Pillows
In frying pan heat butter, add garlic and onion, stir until cooked. You will then add vegetable stock and cream as well as black pepper and salt cooking it for about 10 minutes before folding in the parmesan. You will then boil your kids favourite ravioli (every kids loves ravioli in my experience) in salted water and add peas towards the end.
When serving, toss the ravioli and the peas in the creamy sauce. I find you can get quite a few peas into your little ones using this recipe.
8 Garden Chicken Wrap
Place the whole-wheat wraps on a flat surface and add small portions of shredded chicken. Add shredded carrots, baby spinach leaves and thinly sliced avocado. Before wrapping them up, you evenly drizzle a low-fat dressing. Cut on the diagonal after wrapping them up. Make about four wraps or enough for the kids.
7 Blueberry Pancakes
Whisk an egg in milk and heated margarine or butter until well incorporated. Add a mixture of sugar, salt, flour and baking powder whisking it carefully together. I suggest searching online for a base pancake recipe that you think sounds good. You'll be amazed at the variety out there. Or you can always use the instant stuff.
Heat some butter until it bubbles before adding the batter on medium heat. Add some blueberries and cook the pancakes until they are lightly browned.
6 Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
Process paprika, dry mustard, pepper, flour, garlic powder, almonds and salt in a food processor before drizzling some oil. Add chicken to the whisked egg whites and then to the processed mixture until well coated. On the baking sheet, place a rack where you put the chicken fingers to bake. This should take about 25 minutes at 425F. Click here for the full recipe
5 Fish Sticks
Blend cereal flakes, garlic powder, salt, breadcrumbs, paprika and lemon pepper. Pick up fish strips one at a time, dip in flour, then add in a beaten egg and finally in the blended mixture. It should be well covered before being placed on a rack to bake. After coating with cooking spray, place in the oven until at 425f for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
4 Broccoli-Bacon Wrap
Cook some bacon in a frying pan over medium head. Remove the bacon and place on a towel plate. Drain off some of the excess fat, but not all of it, and add some diced broccoli and baby spinach. Once cooked, crumble, and add back the bacon and spoon in on a spinach wrap. Add some cheddar cheese and your kids will love you for the rest of the day.
3 Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings
Boil gnocchi in a saucepan until tender. Coat chicken cutlets in flour and cook it over medium-high heat drizzling some pepper and salt. You should cook it until it’s browned. Fry some celery, thyme, pepper, carrots and onions in a pan, stirring until well cooked. Sprinkle some flour to coat the mixture and stir the chicken as well as the gravy until well thickened. At this point, add the gnocchi stirring until well incorporated.
2 Veggie sushi rolls
Make sushi rice. Fry a whisked egg until well cooked before rolling and cutting it on a plate. On a sushi nori sheet, spread some sushi rice, then mayonnaise and top it with the egg as well as carrot, cucumber, avocado, peppers, really pretty much anything. Roll up tightly to make the sushi rolls.
1 Chicken and Vegetable Rissoles
Mix cheese, carrot, mushroom, chicken breast mince, onion, sweet chili sauce and corn. The mixture should be rolled into several rissoles. Over a medium-high heat and in a frying pan, cook the rissoles until well browned. You will then bake them in a preheated oven until completely cook. For full recipe, click here.
Don't be scared of the kitchen, and don't be afraid to play without a recipe. You are going to be doing it anyways, you might as well have some fun with it.