Picky eaters and pressed for time? Dinner doesn’t have to be a race against the clock and a fight with finicky eaters every night. We all want our kids to eat healthier, but how to get them to eat healthier can be tricky. With these super fast and easy kid-friendly recipes, you’ll have a nutritious meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. And no complaints, as these recipes are kid-tested and mom-approved. Adults will love them, too, so you can please the entire family. Add these to your meal plan, and you may have found your new family favorite.
Quick & Easy Healthy Recipes for Kids [Slideshow]
Chicken Fingers with Tahini Sauce and Green Beans
Whether you call them chicken fingers or chicken tenders, these crispy, breaded strips of chicken breast are loved by kids and adults alike. Chicken fingers are a quick and easy meal you can make any night of the week. This recipe is so simple, and you probably have everything you need on hand already. The tahini-tomato dipping sauce elevates ketchup in a way kids and adults will like. The crisp, broiled green beans complement the flavors perfectly.
Recipe via Cooking Light.
Easy Chicken Burrito Bowls
This is actually many recipes in one recipe. It calls for chicken, but you can use beef, fish, or even baked tofu. You can substitute the pinto beans for the black beans if that’s your preference. It has protein, veggies, and carbs in all the right amounts. And, of course, guacamole.
Recipe via Kitchen Dreaming.
Easy Sloppy Joes
This recipe calls for four – that’s right – four ingredients: sugar, ketchup, mustard, and ground beef. It’s hard to believe such simple ingredients pack in so much flavor. Serve on toast buns and with your favorite sides. I like a simple cucumber and tomato salad dressed with oil and vinegar.
Recipe via Eating on a Dime.
Healthy Mac and Cheese
Healthy and macaroni and cheese don’t always go together. We’re going to go the obvious route and add veggies, but with a secret. Mac and cheese is a great dish to healthy-up with veggies, but if you have picky eaters who are suspicious of anything green, it can be a challenge. If you're like me and love a good cauliflower swap, you’ll love this recipe even more. This recipe includes onion, cauliflower, and peeled zucchini as veggies. Of course, if your kids don’t mind a little green, you can leave the peel on.
Recipe via: My Kids Lick The Bowl.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables
This classic dish just got easier. Everyone needs a few slow-cooker recipes to turn to when they need a meal that will practically cook itself. Slow cookers and pot roast go together like peanut butter and jelly. Protein, veggies, and potatoes cooked together all in one pot. And it cooks for you, while you are doing something else: at work during the week or relaxing at home on a Sunday afternoon. Chop the vegetables and brown the meat, then it all goes into the crockpot with seasonings, and you’re good to go. Easy, kid-friendly dinner done.
Recipe via: Yummy Healthy Eats.
Sweet Potato Crackers
If your mind went sweet potato, “what?” you are not alone. But if you want a healthier cracker for your kids, give these sweet potato crackers a go. It quickly became a family favorite at my house. With merely five ingredients, you’ll be surprised how easily they come together. They hit the perfect sweet and savory notes. You’ll need to bake and mash the sweet potato, and you can substitute coconut oil for butter if you prefer. Just make sure to keep the coconut oil in the refrigerator, so it is solid. These crackers are great to munch on and go well with a hearty chili.
Recipe via: merrimentdesign.
Taco Stuffed Shells
Tacos are always a crowd-pleaser, and this twist makes them even more fun. You simply stuff pasta shells with taco filling, top with sauce and cheese, then bake. Nothing could be simpler. Serve with taco toppings such as lettuce, guacamole, tomatoes, and sour cream. Add a tomato and cucumber side salad. Make extra to freeze and serve later.
Recipe via: instrupix.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
There’s nothing better than an easy, no-bake dessert recipe to make meal prep a snap. And no-bake desserts are some of the healthiest out there. These easy no-bake bars are great as a quick breakfast, packed in lunches, or as a mid-week, after-dinner treat. They’re nutty, chewy, and utterly delicious. Make a double batch, because you know you are going to need more.
Recipe via: Joyful Healthy Eats.