Your biggest critics in the kitchen are most likely the smallest members of your family. Getting kids involved with what they eat can help win over even the pickiest eaters. Check our these fresh tips that make food fun.
- MUFFIN TIME
Make muffins healthful by adding yogurt and chopped fresh fruit to any basic recipe. Kids can help by pouring in the ingredients, stirring and placing muffin liners in the tins. They’re fun for kids to prepare, but also make a terrific on the go snack.
- PIZZA PARTY
Pizza is a perennial fave that doesn’t have to be reserved for lazy Friday nights. Make mini pizzas anytime by using whole wheat English muffins. Allow kids to customize their pizzas by putting out healthful toppers such as turkey pepperoni, tomatoes and red bell peppers and skim milk cheeses.
- Give ‘EM A Hand
Kids love to eat with their hands, but this casual eating style isn’t just for snack time. Give them what they want for dinner. Some bite-sized nibbles to try: breaded fish triangles, pita chips topped with grilled shrimp, lettuce cups filled with chicken salad, and bruschetta.
- FAUX SPAGHETTI
Spaghetti squash is an often overlooked veggie, but it’s so easy to prepare. Place half of a 2 1/2 lb deseeded spaghetti squash, cut side down, in a baking dish with 2 tbs of water then cover with wax or parchment paper.Micro wave on high for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Scrape strands from squash and toss with pasta sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese for a new twist on an old classic.
- RICE CRISPY TREATS
Kids love rice crispy treats. Just pick up an box of rice crispys and follow the directions on the box.
- MAKE HEALTHY SALADS TOGETHER
Salads are easy to prepare. Let your kids choose the ingredients they like and let them create a fruit or vegetable salad.
- MAKE COOKIES AND BROWNIES TOGETHER
What kid doesn’t like to make cookies and brownies. Its a great hands on and tasty experience.
- KID FRIENDLY MAC AND CHEESE
Cook (8 oz) of shell pasta according to package directions, then add 1 cup evaporated milk to drained pasta, along with 1 tbs of Dijon mustard and 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir until creamy. Add 1 cup of diced ham, season with salt and pepper, the garnish with sliced scallions.
- SO YOUR KIDS WON’T EAT ANYTHING GREEN?
It takes 10-15 tries to develop a taste for a particular food. So don’t give up.
- SWITCH UP
The way you prepare a vegetable, roasting, grilling, stir frying or sauteing brings out their natural sweetness.
- TRY SNEAKING
veg into your foods your child already likes, humus and cucumbers, peanut butter and celery, spinach in smoothies or roasted broccoli and cheese.