As we are thinking about our own weight, health and resolution goals, we can’t forget our little ones! Here are five very easy recipe ideas to make delicious, fresh meals for kids without extra fat or calories.
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Zucchini noodles – or Zoodles – are incredibly easy to make and tasty! You can add them to spaghetti noodles for fiber and texture, or you can lightly sauté them with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Another yummy option is to toss them into a salad with other veggie spirals like carrots, cucumber and beets.
Banana Applesauce Pancakes
Using a multigrain pancake mix (one from Trader Joe’s is great), follow the directions on the box, but substitute applesauce for oil and add browned bananas. Mix it all together and get an easy, delicious set of pancakes for your whole family. Add a side of blueberries and sugar free syrup or peanut butter. These pancakes are so fast to make and easy for your little one to eat.
Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Spaghetti squash is incredibly sweet, nutty and delicious. Cut one in half, take out the seeds, drizzle olive oil over the halves, season with salt and pepper and then put in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake the squash until the edges are soft and peeling and you can easily poke a chopstick or knife through the middle. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Then, take a fork and scoop out the inside meat. It will fall out like spaghetti. From there you can make a number of delicious dishes for you and your family. One suggestion is to pour a meat sauce on top of the noodles. Another option is to add it to regular noodles if your kids can’t eat them straight or add the noodles to steamed broccoli and cheddar cheese.
Breakfast for Dinner
Make a frittata or Quiche! Fill the holes of a whole wheat waffle with raspberries. Cut up veggies into tiny pieces and add them to egg mix. This is an easy way to hide a ton of veggie your little one normally wouldn’t eat. And it’s easy to make for quick dinners and morning breakfast on the go.
Deconstructed Salads and Bowls
Make eating fun and easy for little ones. Put different items in a split children’s plate or in an ice cube tray. Put one ingredient in each area to make food fun with their fingers while they nosh on healthy options. One favorite option is quinoa, avocado, salmon, and sautéed spinach. Another easy salad is spinach, dried cranberries and sliced almonds, cheese, thinly sliced pears or apples, and a tiny drizzle of dressing (if you want).