Healthy Easy Recipes For Picky Eaters

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Have you ever had a picky eater? I know that I have, and I have also been a picky eater. This article will share delicious healthy easy recipes for picky eaters. Just as food makes us grow and provides nutrients to our bodies, food can also play a vital role in an individual’s life. Food has been claimed to affect one’s mood and overall attitude. There is nothing more delightful than preparing a scrumptious meal for your family to enjoy together. Serve your loved ones dishes that are nutritious and healthy by following some of these easy recipes for picky eaters.

family-friendly dinner recipes the kids will love

Finding food that feeds the whole family can be hard. These recipes make it easy.

I don’t know about you, but trying to merge my love of cooking with the dietary whims of young children can feel like a feat. And at the end of a busy school or work day, who wants to be jumping hurdles in the kitchen? Not me!

That’s why we’re rounding up a month’s worth of quick, easy and delicious meals that won’t completely neglect our nutritious hopes and dreams (I’m looking at you, frozen dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets!). Choose from a range of recipes that will satisfy everyone — from healthier, homemade fallbacks for nights when picky eaters prevail (we’re talking staples like mac and cheese and oven-baked chicken tenders) to enticing new ideas that will get the fam gobbling up colorful veggies (hello, burrito bowls!).

And if all else fails, ask that young, stubborn diner to stick out their tongue, and exclaim, “Wow! Look at that! You grew a new taste bud!”

Sheet-Pan Pineapple Chicken

Sweet, saucy, and oh-so-delicious, this is a dish your whole crew will really enjoy. It’s bright, colorful and packed with protein and other countless nutrients, thanks to the chunks of juicy pineapple, red onion and bell peppers. The best part? This recipe comes together fast on a single sheet pan.

Easy Skillet Chicken Parm

This is a lighter, quicker but just as cheesy version of chicken Parm — no deep-frying required! Melissa Clark’s 12-year-old loves it with a big green salad on the side, so it’s kid-tested and approved

Giada’s Sheet-Pan Eggplant Parmesan

This healthier and simplified version of eggplant Parmesan is a perfect fit for an easy weeknight meal. You can use regular eggplants for this recipe, rather than Japanese eggplants, and just salt them 20 to 30 minutes before.

Katie Lee’s Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Love spinach artichoke dip? This dish is basically the same recipe as the classic dip but with pasta. What could be better?!

Vegan Sloppy Joes

This recipe is a home run for people who are worried about walking away from the table unsatisfied. It’s great for large groups and serves up well, year-round. We promise, you won’t miss the meat

Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs with Broccolini

These baked chicken and ricotta meatballs are lighter than their beefy counterparts and don’t require a lot of work. Baking skips the time and mess of browning on the stovetop and leaves you with one mixing bowl and sheet pan to clean at the end — and, most importantly, 20 delicious meatballs.

Tater Tot Chicken Potpie

A combo of two of Molly Yeh’s favorite dishes, this recipe is everything you could ever want on a cold winter’s day. You’ve got veggies, protein and carbs in one warming dish that can feed a crowd. And it’s got Tater Tots, one of the jolliest foods in the world!

Sheet-Pan Gnocchi

Packaged gnocchi are one of Ree Drummond’s go-to ingredients during what she calls “this need-things-to-be-easier season.” The meatless marvel is both a cinch and a revelation: soft and tender gnocchi pillows roasted on a sheet pan with the best variety of veggies and topped with Parmesan and basil.

Sheet Pan Chicken Parm with Garlic Bread and Broccoli

This sheet-pan Parm skips the frying step and adds roasted garlic bread and broccoli to make it a complete meal with very little cleanup.

Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s Ratatouille

For any family who loves the Disney movie, “Ratatouille,” make this dish to wow the kids for weeks. Made by chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley to look and taste just like Remy’s famous ratatouille in the film, it’s definitely a fun way to entice kids to eat more vegetables … especially on movie night!

Family Friendly Dinner Ideas

22 Family Friendly Dinner Ideas to make menu planning a breeze! These recipes are kid AND adult approved!

Chicken tenders take a Tex-Mex turn with these Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders with Southwestern Dipping Sauce.


Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders

This Ranch Ham and Cheese Pasta has a creamy, cheesy pasta sauce that is flavored with ranch spices. Cooked ham is added to make an easy and flavorful pasta dinner.


Ranch Ham and Cheese Pasta

Biscuits are coated in taco sauce then topped with spiced ground beef and lots of cheese in this family friendly dinner idea.


Taco Casserole

Pieces of chicken breast are coated in crispy cereal and then pan fried in these kid-friendly Crispy Chicken Nuggets.


Crispy Chicken Nuggets

A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!


Baja Fish Taco Recipe

Mock Lasagna - the perfect comfort food, this is a recipe I have been eating since I was a kid!


Mock Lasagna Recipe

Comfort food in under 30 minutes! This Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese takes the flavors of a sloppy joe and puts them in a big bowl of comforting pasta. The recipe makes 2 generous servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd!


Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese

Lots of veggies are cooked into a cheesy, creamy Cheesy Vegetable Chowder.


Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

A simple fish recipe that is done in 20 minutes and will even impress non-fish lovers!


Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Bring some pasta into the mix next Taco Tuesday with this Taco Pasta Toss that has all of the flavors of tacos in a family friendly pasta dish.


Taco Pasta Toss

easy family dinners

Plan your monthly menu in advance with these delicious dinner ideas.

Chicken and eggplant parmigiana

11Chicken and eggplant parmigiana

Is there anything better than crispy, golden crumb-coated chicken topped with a rich tomato sauce and gooey melted cheese?

15-minute creamy salmon risoni

1215-minute creamy salmon risoni

Creamy, but made with no cream! Salmon risoni is brilliant for weeknight meals because it cooks so quickly and can be made in one pot.

Apricot chicken

13Apricot chicken

“Pair sweet/tart apricots with succulent chicken and the saltiness of capers and olives for our modern take on a classic” – Matt Preston

Shawarma plate

14Shawarma plate

This clever plate of lamb and tahini is perfect for sharing with whoever happens to drop in.

Zingy tuna and chilli orecchiette

15Zingy tuna and chilli orecchiette

Cherry tomatoes and broccolini will brighten up your tuna orecchiette for a simply irresistible dinner that takes almost no time to prepare!

Fast pork fried rice

16Fast pork fried rice

The only thing that needs chopping in this fried rice is the onion. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Crispy prawn chow mein

17Crispy prawn chow mein

No one can resist these crispy noodles. They are so good!

Peri peri chicken and grilled pineapple burgers

18Peri peri chicken and grilled pineapple burgers

Quick and easy – you’ll be tucking into this spicy chicken burger in no time at all.

Vegetable rigatoni 'n' cheese

19Vegetable rigatoni ‘n’ cheese

This vegie lasagne is a fabulous way to keep everyone happy, even the kids!

Fish with creamy lemon and dill sauce

20Fish with creamy lemon and dill sauce

For a quick and light way to finish your day, fish with lemon and dill is a taste match made in heaven.

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