Has anyone seen that commercial where the mother is in full workout gear and making breakfast in the kitchen and her kids are scared what she’s going to feed them because she’s on this “new health kick”? I believe it was an Eggo waffles commercial. That’s me. Not literally in the commercial, but how my kids and my husband see me. It’s ok, I’m not offended. Even though my husband tries some weird health foods sometimes, too, I don’t take it personally.
Welcome to me. I am not one to be in the kitchen for hours.
I bake more than I cook. When I do cook I try to do simple meals that take 30 minutes or less. If it takes longer than 30 minutes than count me out (exceptions are slow cooker meals and meals that go in the oven).
I have noticed over the years, especially when we had kids, that there are certain foods that they tend to eat over and over (and over and over) again. Trying new things can be fun though. You tend to find out alot about your kids as time goes on and sometimes they end up surprising you. It’s convenient to still have them eat their favorite quick meals, but I wanted to make healthier (or somewhat healthier) versions of them.
Sometimes you just want to kick it up a notch, but still stay with the familiar, so your kids don’t look at you cross eyed and wonder what THAT is on their plates.
So, for all the parents that know what I’m talking about – this one’s for you!
Here are healthy, kid-friendly versions of 5 kid favorites:
1. Macaroni & cheese
This is probably the most favorite meal, at least for my kids.
No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese by HealthyEating.org
Baked Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese by Super Healthy Kids
Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese by Super Healthy Kids
Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese Cups (Toddler Approved) by Healthy Food for Living
Healthy Macaroni & Cheese by Kurbo
Mac n Cheese Muffins by Produce for Kids
2. Sloppy Joes
I remember eating plenty of sloppy joes in my day (this was one of my regular school cafeteria items). These are delicious! When I made them there were no leftovers….
Turkey Sloppy Janes by Whole Foods Market
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes by Produce for Kids
Vegetable Loaded Sloppy Joes by Simply Delicious
Sloppy Joe Sandwiches by ACE Fitness
Sloppy Joe Tofu Bites by Simply Organic
3. Grilled cheese sandwich
This is probably the most simplest of meals.
Red, White, and Green Grilled Cheese by HealthyEating.org
Grilled Cheese & Pear Sandwich by Kids Health
Green Grilled Cheese by Happy Healthy Mama
Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Healthy Food for Living
Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich by Super Healthy Kids
4. Chicken nuggets and french fries
Most kids love any breaded chicken product. And who doesn’t like french fries?
Healthy Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets by Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Quinoa Chicken Nuggets by Creme de la Crumb
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets from SkinnyTaste
Super Crispy Homemade Fries by Super Healthy Kids
Baked Carrot French Fries by Momables
Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Sugar Free Mom
5. Pancakes & waffles
Pancakes or waffles are a great way to get them to eat in the morning – PLUS they pretty much are made from the same type of batter!
Healthy Pancake Muffins by Eats Amazing
Carrot Cake Pancakes by Whole Foods Market
Banana Pancakes with Chia Seeds by me (The SHG Blog)
Chocolate Chip Spinach Oatmeal Waffles by KiipFit
Flax Freezer Waffles by Super Healthy Kids
Zucchini Waffles by Well Plated
This post was updated 11/19/2015
What’s your favorite go to healthy kid friendly meal?