20 Nutritious, Delicious + Kid-Approved Recipes
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20 Nutritious, Delicious + Kid-Approved Recipes

We obsess about how important healthy eating is for us, but there are a few other people who rely on you to keep them eating well, too… your children! Making sure kids eat what’s good for them can be difficult, since foods packed with nutrition don’t always please their tastebuds. But teaching kids healthy habits early on will make them want to eat healthy food later, which is a win for both of you. Here are 20 fabulous recipes to keep your kids happy and eating what is good, not just what tastes good.

1. Tomato Avocado Melt: Quicker than quick, this sandwich sneaks two nutritional jackpots under the cheese. (via Tastes Better From Scratch)

2. Apple Sandwiches: Take apples and peanut butter to a whole new stacked level with these fun sandwiches. (via Caramel Potatoes)

3. Easy Veggie Squares: This base of crescent rolls, cream cheese and ranch dressing is so yummy that your kids won’t even notice they’re eating a whole fresh serving of veggies. (via Favorite Family Recipes)

4. Healthier Hamburgers: Make sure to use high quality minced meat for healthier burgers. You can also substitute beef for chicken or lamb. (via Annabel Karmel)

5. Baked Chicken Nuggets: Less oil and no frying means your kids can eat as many of their favorite chicken nuggets as they want. Well, sort of. (via Daily Women Talks)

6. Baked Carrot + Sweet Potato French Fries: Here’s another no-fry situation that leaves everyone, and their stomachs, happy. (via Wishful Chef)

7. Turkey Meatballs With Apples, Spinach + Provolone: Turkey meatballs are a simple option that’s better for you than beef. Add apples, spinach and your child’s favorite type of cheese for some new flavor combinations, if they’re up for it :) (via Jehan Can Cook)

8. Quinoa Black Bean Burgers: Beans are a good source of protein, and mixed with quinoa they create a consistency that’s a perfect substitute for burger meat. (via Cooking with My Kid)

9. Chicken Satay: Yawn, chicken can get oh-so boring. But not if you make it with these sweet marinades and delicious homemade peanut sauce. (via Annabel Karmel)

10. Light + Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Spinach: Mac ‘n’ cheese is definitely a kiddie favorite. Instead of holding back on the good stuff, though, just make it better for them. (via She Knows)

11. Pasta With Easy Meat Sauce: Simplicity is a virtue, especially when it comes to kids. (via Daily Women Talks)

12. Sloppy Joes: Beans are good for you, and are a good addition to a meat dish that will allow you to serve a little less meat without skimping on the protein. (via The Food Network)

13. Mini Tuna Dinner Rolls: Anything in a bun will tempt a young one. Try out tuna salad for an alternative to hot dogs or burgers. (via Daily Women Talks)

14. Cauliflower Tots: You can test your child’s taste preferences with zucchini or other vegetables. This tasty breading will make any vegetable approachable. (via Skinny Taste)

15. Fifteen-Bean Mexican Sushi: This variety of beans packs a ton of nutrients. Mold the bean puree into different shapes for a meal you and your little ones can have fun with. (via Super Healthy Kids)

16. Ham + Broccoli Grilled Cheese: This recipe turns a grilled cheese sandwich into a filling meal with its nutritious ingredients like vegetables, instead of leaving your kids to fill up on cheese. (via Cooking Classy)

17. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries: Wondering how to introduce different vegetables to your kids? Like this! (via Damn Delicious)

18. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas: In case peanut butter sandwiches start to lose their appeal, we’ve got a different  — and delicious — variation for you to try. (via Budget Bytes)

19. Chia Yogurt Power Bowls: If you can sneak all these healthy seeds and fruit in into yogurt, you rule. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

20. Egg Salad BLT: Boiled eggs are a handy thing to keep available in the fridge. You can pull ’em out and whip up this yummy dish in just a matter of minutes. (via Tastes Better From Scratch)

 What healthy recipes do your kids enjoy? Cook up some ideas in the comments below!