When it comes to cooking for little ones, many mums will tell you that it’s not the easiest of tasks. With disagreements about who wants what for dinner, fussy eaters, and kids who don’t like trying new foods, cooking up healthy, nutritious meals for your kids which are also going to taste yummy can sometimes seem impossible. But, there’s no need to give in and make chicken nuggets and chips every night – these healthy meals are perfect for little mouths and won’t be a let down on taste, either!
A firm favourite with children throughout the decades, this Italian classic pasta dish is both simple to make and enjoyable to eat. Although it may admittedly get a little messy around the dinner table with kids excitedly slurping their spaghetti down, the meaty sauce made with a minced meat of your choice can provide the perfect hiding place for nutritious veggies such as tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, and onions.
Sausage and Mash
Another family favourite, sausage and mash has been known as ‘good old comfort food’ for decades and can be tweaked and customised to suit different tastes. Whether you’re using pork sausages, traditional Cumberland, chorizo sausages or vegetarian sausages, this meal can be different every single time you make it – don’t forget to switch up the potatoes by trying sweet potato mash, or even go for a lower-carb version with carrot and swede mash! For kids who find eating vegetables difficult, make sure to add plenty of flavour to the mash with butter! Why not get involved with the Meat and 2 Veg campaign with your family this November by tweeting pictures of your sausage and mash to help raise awareness for male cancers.
Cheese burgers are a huge hit with most kids, but we all know that getting dinner from the burger place every night isn’t healthy. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own healthier versions of your favourite burgers at home. Making burgers can be tons of fun, and you can customise them with various types of meat or even using beans as a vegetarian option! Not only is this a tasty and fun recipe that all the family will love, it’s also a great way to spend some fun time together preparing food as a family!
Crunchy on the outside and filled with tasty flavours on the inside, tacos are the perfect size for little hands and can be far more interesting to eat than a plain salad. The great thing about tacos is that most kids will love the shells, so use this to your advantage and stuff them with healthy fillings and a generous helping of your little one’s favourite sauce. Chicken tacos are simple to make and bound to go down a treat.
Which meat recipes do your kids love the most? Our readers are always on the lookout for new and exciting meal ideas to try as a family, so we’d love it if you shared yours in the comments!