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Kid Friendly Recipes

****I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or dietician—please take these recipes as ideas, inspiration and suggestions. These are recipes I have made for the blog but also fed my whole family for dinner.****

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Crockpot apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal who doesn’t love a slow cooker breakfast waiting for you in the morning

Apple Pie Oatmeal great oatmeal breakfast including apples

Homemade Yogurt perfect to mix with fruit.

~Meat & Seafood

Kibbeh a ground beef mixture or onion, cracked wheat, which is a grain and spices

Crockpot Turkey Meatballs My toddler LOVED these. They are easy to cut into small pieces and with the added sauce it really adds the flavor that many kids like.

Baked Chicken Fingers  If your child loves chicken fingers then this recipe is up your alley and is made a little healthier using panko breadcrumbs and baking the chicken instead of frying.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken  This is perfect to make on a weekend and have shredded chicken for the week. You can either just heat up the chicken and serve it or you can make meals out of it. This is a real time saver!

Crispy Salmon with Carrot Ginger Vinaigrette  I try to get my toddler to eat salmon once in a while—it has great health benefits. It is definitely hit or miss with fish but I still try here and there. The carrot-ginger vinaigrette is a nice added sweetness that many children like.

~Snack & Sides

Hummus  great for spreading on toast, crackers, veggies

Eggplant Dip/Baba Ghanoush  great for spreading on toast, crackers, veggies

Easy Guacamole great for spreading on toast, crackers, veggies

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus  great for spreading on toast, crackers, veggies

Italian Style Quinoa You might have to help feed this to your little one since the quinoa is so small.

Crockpot Applesauce The ultimate baby friendly and easy snack, breakfast or side to a meal.

Cilantro Lime Rice great little side dish—you could maybe even try other types of rice to mix it up.

Italian Style Quinoa  quinoa is very small so you might need to help your little one eat this, but the flavors are tasty.

Orange Cranberry Sauce  great treat during the holiday season. Cranberries are tart and there is some added sugar in the recipe but my son loved them—great antioxidants.

Mango & Black Bean Salsa  could be a good option for finger food eaters.

Roasted Chickpeas  some kids love the crunch of these roasted chickpeas, just make sure you let them cook before feeding them.

~Vegetable, Salads & Pasta Salads

Greek Quinoa Salad  depends on how much chewing your little one can do due to the hard veggies

Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad  pasta salads make the perfect finger food and incorporate vegetables and protein

Greek Pasta Salad  pasta salads make the perfect finger food and incorporate vegetables, grains & dairy

Butternut Squash  soft and healthy vegetable with a little bit of sweetness that your little one will hopefully love

Paprika Roasted Carrots with Cilantro  another good way to get those veggies in—if your little one doesn’t like spice you could just throw some olive oil on the carrots and roast them and add the cilantro at the end. Roasted carrots have a wonderfully sweet flavor.


Italian Wedding Soup  A tasty soup made with turkey meatballs and greens–the kids love the meatballs in this recipe.

Crockpot Chickpea Chili (Vegetarian)  my child loves soups, especially chili. I try to eliminate some of the heat in the recipes (so maybe take the spices down by ½ teaspoon. It really depends on your child’s tolerance for spice).

Easy Minestrone Soup  Soups are very customizable, and while you will probably have to feed these to your little one (not easy to eat unless they have mastered utensils) soups are a great way to get veggies, protein, grains and other important nutrients into their diets.

Chicken Noodle Soup  One of my son’s favorite soups that I make.


Sausage, Tomato and Arugula Fettuccine  pastas are a great way to incorporate grains into your child’s diet while also adding veggies, proteins. I find that pastas are also very easy for my son to feed to himself, which he always likes to do.

Caprese Chicken Pasta  the whole family will love this dish! Think caprese salad mixed into a pasta dish.

Crockpot Marinara Sauce when I made a batch of this I freeze the leftovers and use it to put on ravioli, pasta, bread. My son loves the added flavor and devours this stuff!

Pasta Goulash  another great finger food, but messy.

Pasta Bake  cheesy pasta yumminess.

Baked Mac & Cheese with Panko Breadcrumbs  this was my #1 recipe in 2012 and my son agrees. It is a good treat for him and he loves it. Who doesn’t love mac & cheese?

Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Panko Breadcrumbs  Will wasn’t a fan of this at first but he warmed up to it eventually. Worth a try because the adults sure love it!

Penne with Turkey Sausage Garlic and Broccoli   Another winner in our house. I like using turkey sausage over sausage when I can because I feel like it is healthier.

Stuffed Shells  these are harder for the kids to eat so cut it up and be ready for a mess—but these are delicious so it is worth it.

Crockpot Lasagna  another messy meal but easy to make.


Pumpkin Zucchini Bread  great treat when the ingredients are in season.

Pumpkin Bread  great treat when the ingredients are in season.

Cranberry Bread  great treat when the ingredients are in season.


Pomegranate Blueberry Banana Smoothie so easy for baby to sip and packed with good antioxidants–my son uses a straw to drink these.

Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie another delicious smoothie with the added benefit of peanut butter (protein)–make sure your child is at the age where he/she can have peanut butter

 Tropical Smoothie A mix of a lot of delicious fruits.

Other great resources for feeding children

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