17 Healthy Dinner Ideas for Kids (That They’ll Actually Eat)
Expectation: You and your little sweetheart will go out for sushi and she’ll scarf down three maki rolls. Reality: You spend half of dinnertime begging her to just try a carrot. Just one bite. Please. Getting kids to try new things is much easier said than done, but dinnertime doesn’t have to be a battle. Here are 17 dinner ideas you and your kid can both agree on.
1. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Cans of soup are full of sodium, so whip up your own chicken noodle at home. Just grab the slow cooker, your favorite free-range poultry and plenty of veggies.
2. Portobello and Avocado Quesadillas with Magic Green Sauce
Pack tortillas full of mushrooms and avocado for a healthy twist on the Tex-Mex favorite. Plus, this magic green sauce is full of healthy herbs and spices.
4. Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup
If your kiddo has a sweet tooth, give this creamy winter soup a shot. Root veggies and potatoes add balance to the tanginess of the apple.
5. ONE-PAN BROCCOLI, CHEESE AND WILD RICE CASSEROLE
The easiest way to get Sally and Michael to try broccoli? Cover it with cheese. (Oldest trick in the book.)
6. Mediterranean Pita Pizzas
Let the kids get creative by topping their own pita pizzas with healthy ingredients like hummus, cherry tomatoes and spinach.
8. Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes
Instead of mac and cheese, serve up this wholesome pasta made with goat cheese, spinach (gotta get those vitamins) and artichokes. Dinner just got way healthier.
10. Smoky Tomato Soup
Your kids love to dip grilled cheese into tomato soup (and let’s face it, so do you). Instead of opening a can, whip up your own with diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers and a touch of cayenne pepper.
11. Zucchini Carbonara with Parsnip “Pancetta”
One easy way to make a kid’s meal extra nutritious? Swap zoodles for spaghetti and parsnips for bacon. It’s a Meatless Monday meal even the pickiest eaters will want to try.
14. Orzo with Spiced Tomato Sauce and Feta
Arrivederci, jarred marinara. Create your own healthy tomato sauce with produce from the farmers market, spices from the pantry and a bunch of fresh oregano.
15. One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine
We know some kids won’t eat foods that touch, which is why this sheet-pan salmon dinner will come in handy. Easily separate the greens, starch and protein on the plate.
16. Vegan Lentil-Mushroom Burgers
Swap the red meat for lentil-and-mushroom burgers with classic toppings like tomato, lettuce and grilled onions.
17. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
Kids will be kids, and sometimes they just want chicken fingers. (OK, fine, so do you.) Bake the battered tenders instead of frying for an easy, more nutritious version.