Are you having a hard time finding quality recipes your picky eater will eat?
When it comes to feeding our picky eaters, it can be tough to find recipes that provide nutrition while pleasing the pickiest of palates. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of 10 healthy meals picky eaters will eat and have some nutritional value in them so that we can worry a little less.
If you have a child that wants to eat chicken nuggets for every meal, every day, and are tired of stocking up on homemade chicken nuggets (or whatever their favorites are) and wished your kids would eat healthier options, check out these ten ideas to help you add a little more variety and nutrition to their meals.
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Perfect for snack time, these add a little more nutrition in each bite. Pair them with a little yogurt for a delicious, protein-rich snack. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional goal: tons of natural fiber.
This smoothie beats the fiber cereal and it tastes like chocolate. Eat it out of a bowl, with a straw, or pack it in a thermos for a nutrition-filled snack. Bonus: tastes like dessert but a lot healthier! Grab the recipe.
Nutritional goal: extra protein and fiber.
For kids that don’t’ like plain oatmeal, this strawberry-banana combination has everything they want and more. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional goal: fiber + protein balanced breakfast, and added fruit.
Pizza for breakfast, you say? The eggs make the base, just a touch of cheese, and a little bit of ham make scrambled eggs so much more fun to eat! Bonus: add chopped veggies for added nutrition and then you can say they ate veggies for breakfast. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional goal: extra protein, introduce the texture of eggs in a kid-friendly way.
Baking the oatmeal changes the overall texture and my kids say it tastes like blueberry pie. Add a splash of milk and it’s now a-la-mode. Grab the recipe. Nutritional goal: hearty meal, fiber + protein balanced breakfast, and added fruit.
Wrap it up and cut it into bite-sized pieces and many kids will eat it! Grab the recipe.
Nutritional Goal: something other than a sandwich, variety of textures.
Pizza, but not really pizza. These bite-sized baked eggs are perfect for breakfast or lunch and add protein in each bite. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional Goal: something other than a sandwich and extra protein.
When in doubt, make nuggets” as I explained in this recipe post, was my friend Anne’s advice to me. Broccoli and Cheese nuggets to the rescue for kids that need a little convincing when it comes to eating their veggies. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional Goal: veggies, get kids to like “green” foods.
The truth is, a little bit of salad dressing is perfectly okay, especially if it gets your kids to eat their veggies. Pack these fun and easy Ranch Veggie Cups for lunches or for snacks on the go. Grab the recipe.
Nutritional Goal: additional veggies made portable. Note: substitute for favorite dip or hummus here.
It’s not a meal, per se, but it does work as a snack! Seriously though, how great is it to get your fruits and veggies in one delicious drink that the kids will love? Grab the recipe.
Nutritional Goal: additional veggies/greens in the classic smoothie.
What are your go-to nutritious recipes that please your picky eater? For more food kids will love, check out these easy dinner ideas for tonight.
10 Healthy Meals Picky Eaters Will Eat / Cheesy American Goulash
Looking for healthy meals picky eaters will actually want to eat? Try one of these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time! Starting with this cheesy American beef goulash recipe.
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup dry elbow macaroni
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a large, oven proof skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, sauté until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper, sauté for an additional minute.
- Add the ground beef, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula, as it cooks. Cook for 7 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes (including the liquid), and water. Bring to a simmer.
- Add the pasta to the goulash. Cover and transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until the pasta is tender and sauce thickened. Top with cheese and return to the oven, uncovered, until the cheese is melted.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 267
- Sugar: 6.1g
- Sodium: 433.4mg
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 4.7g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 22.2g
- Fiber: 2.9g
- Protein: 24.6g
- Cholesterol: 63.8mg