20 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes to Give Your Routine a Boost
In partnership with Produce for Kids, here are 20 delicious, healthy and fun recipes that will take you out of your dull-drum cooking routine and bring a spark to your table.
Lately I’ve been telling you, and I’ll continue to tell you, about some recipes that I developed recently for Produce for Kids. In addition to the recipes I created for them, I also photographed a whole bunch of others that they developed in house. I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about all these recipes I photographed because I got to taste them all and they’re so delicious, fun and healthy. They’re bound to inspire you and give your daily cooking routine a shake.
Produce for Kids is a healthy family resource that offers meal planning tools and healthy recipes for your family. All of their kid-friendly recipes are approved by a registered dietitian for containing all the nutrients your kids need (and not too much of the things they don’t). All nutritional info for each recipe is given as well. So you know that when you’re making a Produce for Kids recipe, it will be good for your family. And it’s going to be fun and delicious too!
Here we go!
Now I’m not going to go in any particular order here but I am starting with the recipe that surprised and delighted me the most – Baked Avocado Fries! These babies are addictive. They were on the counter while we shot the next picture and I swear I ate one (or three!) every time I walked by.
And since we’re on the topic of avocados, this recipe is pretty surprising too. It’s for an Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich. You mash avocado in with the hard boiled egg. Sooo tasty!
Now I don’t want you to think that this whole set of recipes is about avocados. But we all know that avocados are really healthy so it’s hardly surprising that they pop up in a lot of the healthy Produce for Kids recipes. This final avocado wowzer is for Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Don’t go, “Ewwww!” They’re really really amazing. Soft and fluffy but not cakey. And with a deep dark chocolate taste. Don’t worry, you don’t taste the avocado. It’s just there for a healthy boost!
My kids wouldn’t normally be very interested in eating bruschetta. They’re not big garlic fans and I so never would have tried to make it for them. But they totally gobbled up this Berry Melon Bruschetta even though it has some shallots in it. (They both avoided the basil leaves though!).
My kids love taco chips, well, tortillas in any way, shape or form. Putting a pile of them on top of anything is a great way to get them to eat. This healthy soup under those taco chips is a great example of that. This is a One-Pot Healthy Tortilla Soup that everyone will love.
My kids generally are pretty good about eating vegetables. But there are some that they don’t like as much, like zucchini. And my son doesn’t like cucumber. Changing the shape of these vegetables by making them into fun noodles is a great way to get them to at least taste them again. This Rainbow Zoodle Salad is just the thing!
Speaking of getting kids to eat veggies, there’s nothing quite like hiding them inside of a favorite food. This Hidden Veggie Cheeseburger gives them a very familiar food loaded with nutrients. The recipe for this burger is in the free Simply Summer ebook just released by Produce for Kids. You’ll find it in there along with 19 other delicious healthy summery cookout recipes.
To hide more veggies, try these Broccoli Tater Tots. Not only do they have broccoli mixed in with the potato but they’re baked instead of fried. Definitely a healthy switch up to the usual side dish or snack routine.
Another snackable item, a sweet one this time, is this very tasty Very Berry Cheesecake Dip. It’s made with light cream cheese, berry juice and lemon zest. It tastes like cheesecake but is leaner because you serve a small amount with a lot of fruit to dip into it.
Oh, and here’s something fun! A Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Sandwich! I’m planning to get a copy of the book for my kiddos and read it a few times. Then I’ll surprise them with these for breakfast one morning.
Here’s a recipe that really surprised me. It’s for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas. I thought the sweet potato in there was going to be sweet and weird with the beans. But it was so creamy and meaty-seeming. Really really delicious. I’ve made these a whole bunch of times since first trying them.
Another surprising recipe was this One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein. You pretty much put all the ingredients (uncooked noodles too!) in a pot and cook it all together for 20 minutes. Dinner is served! Wow, right?
I mentioned earlier that one way to get kids to try things that they usually wouldn’t like is by adding ingredients that they do like. That is totally the key to this Cranberry Quinoa Salad where the sweet tart dried cranberries are a treat for the kids alongside some really healthy ingredients.
And the berries in this Raspberry Chicken gets kids eating their protein and may even get them to try a type of cheese that they’ve never had before. Yep, that’s Brie oozing all over there. If the kids don’t like the cheese, that’s fine. Feel free to scoop it all onto your plate instead! If you’re wondering about the basil on there, please don’t skip it or treat it just like a garnish. It is insane how well raspberries and basil go together. You’re going to love it, I promise.
Another thing that basil is really delicious with is carrots. If you don’t believe me, try steaming carrots, tossing them with olive oil, salt and a bit of lemon juice. Then serve them sprinkled with roughly chopped fresh basil leaves. Sooo good. Or try this Carrot Basil Salad Dressing. It’s made with carrot juice, light cream cheese, lemon juice and fresh basil. The flavors are seriously incredible.
Carrots are so healthy, aren’t they? Produce for Kids has snuck them into these itty bitty muffins. The perfect snack or dessert for little fingers: Orange Carrot Raisin Mini Muffins!
I really love these Baked Salmon Cakes. The best thing about them is that I usually have the ingredients on hand so they make for a perfect dinner when I haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store.
Produce for Kids are really so great at coming up with easy healthy dinner ideas. So I’m wrapping up this round up of recipes with three dinners from around the world. I know your whole family is going to love love love these!
Tex-Mex Taco Salad Bowls with so much fresh flavor and you get to make your own whole wheat shells for the salad to go in!
The slow cooker is so great, right? This is one of those dishes that was just made for it. It’s a Spanish Ropa Vieja with some tasty vegetables right in the mix. And the baked plantain chips are so crunchy and tasty that nobody will even know how healthy they are.
And finally, so so delicious. A vegetarian dinner that is so colorful everyone will just plain love it! Tofu Veggie Fried Rice
Isn’t that just an amazing set of new recipes to try? All healthy, easy, delicious and with your kids preferences and nutrition in mind. If you try one, be sure to let me know what you think below in the comments. I can’t wait to find out what you try first!
Disclosure: I was compensated by Produce for Kids to photograph the above recipes and to write about them on my blog and in social media. All opinions are my own.