Where to Find Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes

Now that my son eats what we eat, I’ve found myself searching for healthy and kid-friendly recipes. Everyone’s definition of “kid-friendly” varies, of course—I once asked a first-grader what his favorite food was, and he told me “pan-seared salmon.” (My first-grade answer was “ice cream,” and to be honest, it hasn’t changed.) And our kids’ tastes are shaped by our cultural backgrounds and their own personal preferences, too.

But there are a lot of great resources out there for fresh, healthy, and not-too-complicated food to fit every family’s needs. I tend to look for recipes that incorporate lots of veggies and fruits in tasty ways. Here are a few of my own personal favorite websites.

Super Healthy Kids

Super Healthy Kids focuses on incorporating lots of fruits and veggies in colorful, tasty dishes. They don’t demonize certain food groups, and the advice tends to be pretty balanced. Recipes are usually pretty easy, too. They do have a paid meal-planning service (I did the free trial and enjoyed it but didn’t subscribe), but the blog and huge recipe collection are all free to access.

Check out their One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Vegetables and these Harry Potter-Inspired Pumpkin Pasties.

Budget Bytes

Budget Bytes is laser-focused on helping you get the most bang for your buck in the kitchen. The meals tend to be simple and fresh, often showcasing a “star” ingredient, which is great for helping kids discover new flavors.

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I’ve been making her Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta for years, and the Chicken and Lime Soup is just the thing for a chilly winter day.

Feeding Bytes on Pinterest

In general, I try to steer clear of the Pinterest recipe rabbit-hole. There are a lot of pretty-looking recipes, but no guarantee they’re from a reliable source. But the Feeding Bytes Pinterest page is stocked with yummy, healthy recipes selected by registered dietician Natalia Stasenko. Stasenko shares practical, science-based feeding advice at her Tribeca Nutrition website, and her Pinterest page is the easiest way to scroll through recipes she’s curated. I’ve found her advice very helpful and reassuring now that I have a suddenly picky toddler.

Try the White Miso Dip for dipping fresh veggies or the hearty Cheesy Pasta Broccoli Casserole.

Damn Delicious

I know, I know, I’m recommending a website with a name I wouldn’t even say in front of my kid. BUT everything I’ve made from this website has been so, so tasty. It’s (obviously) not specifically geared towards kids, but the dishes are fast, simple, and flavorful.

Not all of the recipes qualify as “healthy” (though if you’re in the mood for an indulgence, the Spinach Tomato Tortellini is about as delicious as it gets), but many do: the focus is on fresh, unprocessed ingredients with tons of colorful veggies. Check out her one pot and slow cooker meals for busy weeknights.

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Food Network’s Family & Kids Section

Check out the “Kids Can Make” recipes, which offer tips on getting your kids in the kitchen, cooking right alongside you. Because Food Network is so widely known, most of the recipes have been rated multiple times with helpful tips from commenters.

Do you have a favorite source for healthy, kid-friendly recipes? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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