7 Best Dinner Meals Kids Love Eating

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Encouraging kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. Many kids are picky eaters, and it takes a lot to get them to eat anything, let alone food that is not specifically marketed to children. It can be tough battling cartoon characters, bright artificial colors, and exciting names, such as “gusher” or “pops.” Luckily, there are foods you can prepare for dinner that kids will love. These 7 best dinner meals kids love eating help make dinner in your home healthy and peaceful.

7 Best Dinner Meals Kids Love Eating:

1.) Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper
This fun dish is a great alternative to the processed box of helper for your hamburger. Quinoa is a healthy protein replacement for ground beef and you can include plenty of fresh vegetables “help” the skillet taste great. Kids can even help choose the additions if you want to jazz up the traditional skillet recipe.

2.) Vegetable Ratatouille
Ratatouille probably did not seem like a kid-friendly dish, at least until the Disney movie became such a big hit. This dish is packed with fresh veggies and makes a great addition to family movie night.

3.) Zucchini-Bell Pepper Pizza
Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser with the pre-adolescent set. As a matter of fact, people of all ages love pizza. Unfortunately, delivery and frozen pizzas leave a lot to be desired in the nutrition department. You can turn pizza into a healthy indulgence with this recipe that utilizes zucchini and other veggies.

4.) Super Veggie Lasagna
Hiding vegetables is a great way to get kids to eat them. While this Super Veggie Lasagna does not disguise vegetables completely, it does offer a much healthier alternative to a favorite of kids. Chances are you will get several bites in before they realize they are eating a dish loaded with veggies!

6.) Turkey Sloppy Joes
This is a healthier spin on a childhood favorite. It replaces ground beef with the less fatty alternative of turkey and provides a way of making Sloppy Joes without relying on the canned sauce, which is packed with sodium.

5.) Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
If there is one dish that is considered a kid’s menu all-star, it’s macaroni and cheese. This version is not only healthier than the boxed options, it is just as convenient. It takes a few minutes to toss the ingredients into the slow cooker and with very little effort, you have created a healthier version of  the most popular children’s dish of all time.

6.) Soft Chicken Tacos
Kids always seem to love tacos and this recipe swaps fatty ground beef for lean ground chicken. Kids can also load their tacos with fresh veggies, like dark leafy lettuce and tomatoes. If you can’t convince your child to include onions, chop up fresh peppers or  onion’s milder cousin, scallions.

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4 Comments on "7 Best Dinner Meals Kids Love Eating"

  1. Nikki  July 20, 2013

    I have managed to get my kids to understand the balance between healthy eating and high sugar / fat foods. We try to balance their meals through the week. I never call the 'bad' foods treats! My son will eat granola (home-made) for breakfast with plain yoghurt if I stir in a little home made strawberry jam. Both kids like grapefruit and they usually have a freshly squeezed smoothie to start the day. It takes a little more time and effort, but I like to know they are getting into good habits for life. They are 10 & 11 and are quite proud of their healthy lifestyle.

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 21, 2013

      Nikki, Good for you!!! Kids can be tough when it comes to eating healthy…so many outside temptations. I’d be proud momma too!!! 🙂

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  2. Barbara Bracy  December 24, 2016

    Sounds great. I need kid friendly food lists

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    • Gale Compton  December 25, 2016

      Barbara, Putting on our list of “to dos”. 🙂

      Reply

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