Healthy Meal Ideas for Your Picky Kids

If you have a toddler at home, you must be knowing that feeding broccoli or spinach to kids is a tough job. They will wrinkle their nose and with their innocent eyes, they will request you to give them something yummy like noodles or pizza. Feeding healthy foods to their kids is a constant battle in every household. Most kids are picky eaters and getting them to eat vegetables or fruits or lentils is a challenge for parents of this generation. Still, you have to keep on trying to serve your ids healthy foods. If you are wondering what you should prepare, here you can find some healthy and kid-friendly food recipes shared by the Montessori experts.

Healthy Meal Recipes for Picky Eaters:

You can try preparing these easy and healthy recipes. Even if the parents who are busy professionals, can cook these foods within a few minutes for their little ones.

Red Fried Rice: Red rice is more beneficial for kids as it contains more fiber than the usual white rice and most kids love to eat this red rice.

  • Red rice – 1 cup
  • Capsicum, beans, carrots, tomato, onion – finely chopped
  • Mustard seeds and turmeric powder – ½ tbsp (each)
  • Raw peanuts – 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil or ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves – ½ cup
  • First, cook the rice and keep that aside.
  • Fry the peanuts.
  • Heat some oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves in the hot oil.
  • Now, add chopped onions and fry till it becomes golden brown.
  • Now, add tomatoes, chopped vegetables, turmeric powder, chili powder (optional), and salt. Cook till all the vegetables are soft.
  • In the end, mix the rice in the vegetable mixture and decorate it with chopped coriander leaves.

Yummy Vegetable Pasta: Kids in Anaheim CA preschools, love eating pasta and you may add some finely chopped vegetables to their favorite dish to make it healthy for them.

  • Whole wheat pasta – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped vegetables like broccoli, carrots, beans. Baby corn and one medium-sized onion
  • Salsa sauce – ½ cup
  • Tomato sauce – 3 to 4 cups
  • 3 to 4 crushed garlic pods
  • Pasta seasoning
  • Salt
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • First, boil and keep the pasta aside and heat the butter in a pan.
  • Saute the garlic in the pan for a minute.
  • Now, add chopped onion and cook them until they are golden brown.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and cook properly.
  • Then, add salsa sauce, tomato ketchup, salt, and pasta seasoning and cook for some time.
  • After 3 to 4 minutes add the boiled pasta to the vegetables.
  • Mix everything well and cook for some time.
  • Once the cooking is done serve pasta with whole wheat garlic bread.

You can prepare these recipes easily at home and all the ingredients are widely available in the market. After your kids come from their Montessori center or in the evening, you can serve this vegetable pasta or red fried rice as their dinner.