If you’re on this page, I’m guessing you’re looking for some ideas on Easy healthy dinners for picky eaters. Does that describe your family?
Picky eaters can be the bane of a parent’s existence. I’ve compiled a short list of vegetables that will not only make your children happily scarf down vegetables, but actually enjoy and look forward to their meals.
BEST RECIPES FOR PICKY EATERS
Feeding the family can be tricky when you’ve got picky palates gathered around the table. Whether you’re trying to sneak some vegetables into your meal or just hoping that dinner will get eaten, this collection of simple recipes will appeal to even the choosiest of eaters.
“I absolutely loved this recipe. I served it over steamed rice with the sauce and my kids couldn’t eat it fast enough! So good! I will definitely make this again.”
“These enchiladas were AH-MAZING! I am not a big red enchilada sauce fan, and this is definitely one of the best white sauces I have had. Totally worth trying!”
CRISPY PARMESAN-RANCH CHICKEN BREASTS
“I cut the chicken up into strips and then coated it with the cornflake mixture. The cook time was right on for the strips. Everyone loved them. I made them with sautéed squash and rice pilaf. What a great meal—everyone cleaned their plates, which is a big accomplishment in this house.”
BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES
“These are brilliant. I made these for supper this supper this evening and everyone loved them. The only addition I made was adding a bit of bourbon before baking and it added a lot of flavor and great glaze.”
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BAKED OATMEAL
“I quadrupled the recipe and used molasses instead of brown sugar. This is a really good recipe! Kids loved it even though two of them profess to hate oatmeal! My daughter saw me rate this and said, “That was oatmeal?!” It was a really good way to get something healthy in them.”
PEPPERONI PIZZA CASSEROLE
“Delicious—this was enjoyed in my home. I cooked the sausage in my 12-inch cast-iron skillet, then I set up the casserole in it and stuck the pan in the oven. One less dish to wash!”
“This was one of the many salads that I served to over 25 guests at my mother’s 85th birthday party—everybody enjoyed it! My daughter said the leftovers were even better when she added some chopped jalapeños for additional heat.”
CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS
“The dumplings were light and had a delicious (‘perfect’ in my book) texture and flavor. My husband was very suspicious; his experience had always been with heavy, gooey dumplings—but he loved this. The secret to a light dumpling is to never lift the lid until they’re done (just like cooking rice).”
“This was so simple to put together, and everything worked. The meatballs, the sauce, the Italian sausage… I served this over a bed of linguini along with garlic bread. The sauce clung perfectly to every strand of pasta. One of my guests said it was like eating in a little Italian restaurant in New York.”
PENNE CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN & BROCCOLI
“I don’t usually like casseroles, but I had most of the ingredients in the house so decided to try it. It was very, very good. I had some large chunks of good quality frozen broccoli, that I just added to the pasta the last five minutes of cooking, and it turned out perfectly. Used some fajita spiced store-bought chicken, which gave it a little kick.”
Top 10 meals to make for picky eaters
Mini Chicken Burgers with Red Onion, Carrot and Sage
Did you know that chicken thighs contains twice as much iron as the breast? You can make your own healthy versions of fast food and sneak in some veggies. Babies will love these yummy, power-packed mini burgers, and they are easy-peasy to prepare. You simply whizz everything together in a food processor. This is an exclusive recipe from Annabel’s 30th Anniversary Edition of her Global Bestselling Cookbook: New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner.
Mini Breaded Chicken Bites
For tots and tweens, chicken nuggets are life, right? For a healthy, even tastier version, my baked bites make for the perfect after school fuel. The best bit? They are just as yummy eaten cold for lunch too! And that’s not all – because the bread is fortified with that all-important Vitamin D and calcium, it’s a school dinner winner!
Margarita Pizza Slices
Packed lunch pizza! Ditch the dough and use vitamin D and calcium enriched thins to create mini pizzas in a flash. Kids will love to add their own healthy toppings at teatime. Simply make a few extra, wrap them in foil and store them in the fridge overnight, and hey pesto! You have a ready-made fast-food favourite for lunch.
Cherry Tomato & Mascarpone Risotto
Enjoy a comforting bowl of risotto with sweet cherry tomatoes and mascarpone. This is an absolutely winning combo!
Tomato, Chicken, Spinach & Cheese Pasta Bake
This Mediterranean inspired pasta bake is a recipe you’ll want to make over and over again. A quick & easy recipe to keep up your sleeve for mid-week family mealtimes!
MOST POPULAR MEALS FOR PICKY EATERS
INSTANT POT CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Delicious and comforting, this chicken noodle soup is loaded with flavorful chicken and soft noodles. 30 minutes are all you need for a family-friendly meal.
TERIYAKI CHICKEN BOWLS
Sweet, savory, and packed with flavor. You’ll have no complaints from your picky eaters! Oh, and did I mention it cooks in only 15 minutes.
CREAMY MAC N CHEESE
It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, and it’s perfectly seasoned. This Southern-style mac and cheese is one of my kids’ favorite dishes. Serve with ketchup for some extra delicious flavor.
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES AND TOMATO SOUP
It’s my go-to meal as it’s cheesy and comforting. Perfect for pickier palates!
BENIHANA FRIED RICE
Full of veggies and flavors your kids will like, this fried rice is fast, easy, and delicious. A winner all around!
EASY KID-FRIENDLY DINNER FOR WEEKNIGHTS
BEEF STIR FRY
This classic Chinese recipe is a family favorite all year round! It’s sweet and savory with a hint of garlic flavor. Use flank steak or skirt steak for the best tender and juicy beef stir fry.
CREAMY BAKED CAVATAPPI PASTA
Shaped like corkscrews, this cheesy pasta is a fun choice for kids, making it a grown-up version of mac and cheese.
AIR FRYER CORN DOGS
Crispy and crunchy, these healthy air fryer corn dogs are made without deep-frying. They’re a big hit with kids and adults alike!
EASY 30-MINUTE BISQUICK CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
One of my kids’ favorite meals are these easy Bisquick dumplings. You’ll have a warm and comforting bowl of chicken dumplings in under 30 minutes.
LIPTON ONION SOUP MEATLOAF
This best meatloaf will have your kids asking for seconds! It uses our favorite Lipton onion soup mix hack and tastes even better than the classic meatloaf, making it one of our favorite kid-friendly meals.