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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!