Kids are Picky Eaters – Please them with these meals

Having to make two dinners – one for you and one for your toddler – is the worst!

Let’s stop that bad habit now and find some healthy vegetarian meals for kids (and other food ideas) you will both enjoy!


Grilled Cheese

Martha Stewart shared a recipe for tried-and-true grilled cheese sandwiches. Made simply with sourdough bread, unsalted butter, mayonnaise, and American and sharp cheddar cheese, this version is a delicious classic that pairs well with tomato soup. 


Homemade Pizza

The best part of making pizza at home is that you can create it any way you want. The toppings you can add are endless. This recipe combines two things we all love – tacos and pizza! If you have ingredients in your kitchen for Taco Tuesday than you can save a trip to the food store. All you need is ground beef, salsa, cheese (this one uses Monterey, but there are others you can swap it with), cilantro, avocado, and salt and pepper. If a taco pizza isn’t for you, there are endless options for a family dinner.



With a prep time of only 15 minutes, this meatball recipe is sure to become a dinner staple. Cooks who have made this call it “amazing” and “delicious” and offer some tips to improve it. Serve it with your toddler’s favorite pasta! 


Broccoli and Cheese Squares

Pillsbury knows a thing or two about making yummy meals. Its side dish recipe for broccoli and cheese squares can be used for your main meal. Made with simple ingredients such as instant white rice, frozen broccoli and cheese sauce, and refrigerated crescent rolls/dough sheet, it’s a flavorful finger food everyone will enjoy.


Parmesan Chicken Strips

What kid (or adult) doesn’t love chicken tenders? This oven-baked parmesan chicken strips recipe, ready in 35 minutes, will wow dinner guests and, more importantly, your toddler. It’s made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts covered in Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, basil, pepper, and paprika mixture and baked for 20 minutes. At almost five stars (and plenty of reviews), you can’t go wrong.


Breakfast Wraps

Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner? Not us! Breakfast wraps are easy to make and can mix in any of your toddler’s favorite veggies. Start with a scrambled egg base and add cheese, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes – really, anything. Wrap it up in a warm tortilla, serve it with a side of fresh fruit, and (tada!) dinner is served.


Disclaimer ~ Article written by Rae Steinbach with her permission. Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing for Yumble 

Meatball photo by The Fry Family Food Co. on Unsplash

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