Finding recipes your children love to eat can be hard.
One week they like a meal you prepared, and the next week they don’t.
We don’t all have the time or energy to cook meals that take hours of preparation and leave you needing to clean up multiple pots and pans.
In this article, we’ve found some of the best healthy recipes that your children will love.
All the recipes here are healthy, containing nutrients that are going to help your children stay healthy. They’re easy to make, and of course, delicious.
Let’s jump in.
Healthy Recipes That Your Kids Will Love
1. Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
Do your children love mac and cheese?
If so, this recipe is for you.
It’s tasty, warming, and, best of all, straightforward to make.
What’s great about this recipe is that it adds cauliflower to your traditional Mac and cheese, turning it into an easy way to encourage your kids to get one of their five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
The main difference between this cauliflower mac and cheese and your regular mac and cheese is that you’ll mix in some boiled cauliflower with your macaroni, and mix them in your sauce together.
2. Pesto Chicken and Rice
If you’re looking for something easy, healthy, and packed with nutrients, this one-pan pesto chicken and rice is a great option. Even better, if you’re using instant or pre-prepared rice, it’s all done in one pan, so you won’t have many dishes to clean up at the end.
Your kids will get a meal rich in protein, grains, and you can even throw some extra vegetables in there too.
Once the chicken is ready in the pan, throw in your cooked rice and any extra vegetables you’d like to include. Carrots, green beans, or broccoli all go well.
You can also swap out the pesto for your spices of preference if your children don’t like it.
3. Squash and Chickpea Tagine
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this squash and chickpea tagine.
It contains 4 of your kids’ 5-a-day and is delicious straight out of the oven, or when re-heated.
You can even make it in a slow cooker, so it’s ready when you’re done with work and want a quick meal.
The flavors are homely, and warming and your kids will love it.
Read the recipe in full here.
4. Peanut Chicken Power Bowl
Power bowls are having a moment, and we can see why. They’re perfect if you’re looking for a quick meal that’s packed with nutrient-rich ingredients.
Most power bowls, including this one, are ideal for meal prepping with too as they can be easily prepared in large batches. If you ever feel like you don’t have time to cook from scratch on a weeknight, power bowls are perfect.
This peanut chicken one takes under 30 minutes from start to finish and ensures your kids get a nice mixture of grains, proteins, and healthy fats.
It’s also made with olive oil (high in oleic acid) and red cabbage (rich in folate). All in all, this power bowl lives up to the name.
This is a great healthy recipe that your kids will love. Thanks to the honey in the recipe, it’s slightly sweet and should go down a treat.
Read the recipe in full here.
5. Mushroom and Chickpea Burgers (or replace with Lean Meat)
Who doesn’t love a burger?
Luckily, there are ways to give your kids burgers that don’t involve a trip to a greasy fast-food restaurant.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or eat meat, these Mushroom and Chickpea burgers are a great way to ensure your kids get a range of nutrients and love their meal.
They’re high in fiber and high in protein.
If you’d prefer to eat a meat-based burger, you can swap out the veggie burger for a lean meat alternative, but make sure to keep the mixed or whole-grain muffins, and extra salad toppings.
Read this recipe in full here.
6. Salmon and Potato Traybake
If you’re looking for a simple, one-dish meal that contains a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables, this salmon traybake is perfect. It’s easy to make, too. Everything gets baked in the oven on the same tray.
In under an hour you can have a tasty meal for the whole family cooked and plated up.
It’ll warm you up in the winter, but the flavors work equally well in warmer weather.
This recipe is packed with Omega-3 thanks to the salmon, Vitamin A thanks to the zucchini, and Vitamin C in the bell peppers.
Read this recipe here.
7. Turkey Chili on Baked Potatoes
If you’re looking for another twist on your classic chili, this Turkey Chili is a great choice.
Turkey mince is lean meat, packed with protein, and you should be able to find it for a relatively low price. If you’re a vegetarian, you can replace the turkey with a meat-substitute like jackfruit.
In this recipe, we’re serving our chili on top of baked potatoes, so your children will get the carbs they need to maintain their energy levels throughout the day.
Find this turkey chili recipe here.
8. Homemade Pizzas
Your kids are probably going to want to eat foods like pizza from time-to-time. You can’t say no every single time.
That’s why it’s great to have a few homemade alternatives to their favorites at hand. One of our favorites is homemade pizzas.
Instead of buying frozen pizzas, consider making them from scratch. Not only are they 10x tastier than a frozen pizza, but it’s also a recipe that kids love to help out with.
A homemade pizza can take longer than usual and can get messy (especially if the kids are involved), but, it’s the perfect recipe to make with your kids on a weekend, or a day when you have a bit of extra time.
A homemade pizza can be a healthy option, too. Tomatoes contain lots of Vitamin C, and mozzarella cheese is low in sodium and contains probiotic bacteria. You can then add whatever toppings you like, such as vegetables or lean meats.
If you’re looking for new recipe ideas your children will enjoy, these are a great start.
They’re all healthy, packed with nutrients and vitamins, and all relatively quick to prepare as well.
If your child is a fussy eater, there’ll be something here for them, and you can easily swap out ingredients in all of the recipes for healthy ingredients that they like.