My least favorite part of parenting is feeding my kids.When it’s time for my babies to try solid foods, I get completely stressed out! Finding foods that they will enjoy eating and are also healthy is a continuous battle–one that I feel I am losing more than winning. And just when I think I’ve found a few magic recipes that they love, they decide they don’t like that food anymore, and it’s back to square one!
But the fact is, I’m the parent, and I have to feed the kids. So persevere I must! One trick that really helps to get them eating different foods is having the kids help me cook. Whenever I let my kids help with the planning and cooking process, they are become more interested in what we are eating, and the chances of them licking the plate clean increase 100 fold. It’s not fool-proof, don’t get me wrong. But finding a few delicious, wholesome recipes that they can help prepare is a great way to get them eating healthy! These eight recipes are great tools to have in the arsenal for feeding picky eaters (i.e. children!)
If they make it, they will eat it! 1 of 9
By getting kids involved with the food preparation process, the chances of them digging in go way up! Here are 8 great meal ideas that are fun to prepare, wholesome and delicious!
Make Your Own Salad Night with Homemade Dressing 2 of 9
Make your own salad night is a fun way to get kids involved with the cooking process and to get some healthy foods into their bodies! Depending on your children's ages, you can assign them various tasks preparing the different salad fixings. Plus, you can make your own salad dressing, which is easy, and everyone can take turns whisking! When it's time to eat, the kids can control their food by building their own salad, making it fun, delicious, and healthy!
Make Your Own Salad Night
- Greens (lettuce, spinach, mixed greens, etc.)
- Whatever you and your kids' favorite salad toppings are! Suggestions: bell peppers, mushrooms, avocado, carrots, onion, garbanzo beans, chow mein noodles, croutons, cheese, sprouts, wonton strips, bacon, chicken, berries, apples
- 1 cup oil
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 shots tobasco sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Whisk together oil, sugar, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, tobasco sauce, and sesame seeds. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving. Chop salad ingredients and place in individual bowls for the salad bar. Drizzle dressing over salad and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Soup 3 of 9
Pumpkin is packed with nutrients, and soup is always a great food to cook with kids. And when you serve the soup up in individual pumpkins, you bet the kids will want to dig in!
Berry Beet Smoothie 4 of 9
Dinner isn't the only meal you can get the kids involved with. When breakfast rolls around, have your kids help fill the blender with the ingredients for this sweet smoothie that also incorporates a vegetable!
Creamy Tomato Soup 5 of 9
Creamy tomato soup is one of my kids' favorite foods they even order it at restaurants! Making a nice, wholesome bowl at home with the kids is even better and, if you're especially adventurous, you can grow your own tomatoes.
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Pumpkin Ravioli 6 of 9
Making homemade pasta can be a really fun project with the kids, and it's another food they love to eat, so it's a win-win! This recipe features healthy pumpkin in the filling.
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Strawberry Pesto Pizza 7 of 9
Homemade pizza is always more wholesome than take-out and more delicious. This particular pizza features a surprising, kid-friendly ingredient (strawberries!), and the kids can help "paint" the pesto on the crust.
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Spatchcock Chicken 8 of 9
What kid doesn't like chicken, especially perfectly cooked chicken that they helped to prepare? And the squeezing-the-juice-out-of-the-apples step is just plain fun!
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Confetti Fruit Dip 9 of 9
Fruit dip always makes it more fun to eat fruit, whether it's for breakfast or a snack. This recipe has healthy Greek yogurt in the mix and is easy for kids to help throw together. A few sprinkles on top makes it fun while still keeping this food in the wholesome department.
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