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.

15 Toddler Breakfast Ideas That Are Picky Eater Approved

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.

3. Vegetable-studded Turkey Meatloaf

Katie Workman’s secret to getting the kids to eat their veggies? Add them to this tasty turkey meatloaf, and they’ll be asking for seconds and thirds.

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.

7. Baked Chicken Taquitos

Make these ahead and freeze them for easy homemade dinners on busy school nights. (Thanks for saving our week, Maria Lichty.)

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.

9. Healthier Sweet-and-sour Pork

Not tonight, takeout. Heidi Larsen puts a healthy spin on traditional sweet and sour pork that every member of the family will love.

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.

12. Unfussy Sweet Potato And Black Bean Burgers

News flash: Gena Hamshaw’s veggie burgers—filled with black beans and sweet potatoes—can be made ahead and frozen for six weeks.

13. Pressure-cooker Bbq Chicken Bowls

Ali Maffucci’s 30-minute complete meal—chicken, rice, avocado, corn and black beans—is a healthy addition to your weekly menu. Just add your favorite barbecue sauce and you’re in business.

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.


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