Not too long ago, NSM Hannah posted on the North Shore Mums Facebook group page, requesting ‘cool meal’ ideas for her kids. The response was overwhelming and we thought they deserved to be shared with all North Shore Mums. So here they are, 20 ‘cool meal’ ideas that are certain to get fussy eaters interested.
1. Hannah wrote…
What cool healthy meals do you cook for your kids? I’m struggling to get my kids to eat. They loved these ‘mini hamburgers’ with ‘chips’. My two-year-old thought they were so funny and she loved that she thought she was having hamburgers and chips. But I don’t have many ideas of ‘cool meals’ other then meat and three veg, and they just won’t eat it. Please post your pics so I can steal your ideas, ha ha! Thanks!
These are just plain bread cut with a cookie cutter. I flattened some meatballs and they are just the right size. Little bit of lettuce, tomato and cheese. The chips are just cut up sweet potato and potato baked in the oven.
2. Mine love deconstructed ‘nachos’ – grated cheese, avocado, grated or starshaped raw carrot, lebanese cucumber cut into stars, shredded lettuce, wrap bread cut into triangles and put under grill to make ‘chips’ (they are very fussy when it comes to dinner). ~ Lauren
3. Homemade chicken nuggets (minced chicken with grated carrot and zucchini and cheese). Cover in breadcrumbs and oil and bake. ~ Isabel
4. Sushi rice balls with tuna and avocado inside. She only ate two out of five, but it’s a start. ~ Rose
5. Mini homemade pizzas? ~ Lynsey
6. I heard about zucchini boats. Place minced beef, cheese and some vegies on a zucchini cut in half and place it in the oven like you would a pizza. ~ Lina
7. So cool! Love these ideas. The only thing I can add is I roast parsnips and my son thinks they are hot chips. ~ Karli
8. I made a ‘choc cake’ today that has pumpkin in it, with avo oil and cauliflower options, too (no refined sugar and GF). Both kids wolfed it down. Here’s the recipe: Best-ever gluten-free chocolate cake. ~ Stephanie
9. My kids love smoothies, so I take advantage of this and have started to add vegies. This week they have had green smoothies with kale, apple, carrot and strawberries! I have also used spinach.No milk, just water and fruit and veg. Also, I make zucchini slice and add some extra vegetables and call it a vegetable cake. Works a treat! Otherwise, my kids only eat peas and corn so any other vegetable I can get into their diet is a bonus! ~ Renee
10. My son won’t eat fruit that is not banana at home, so I got him these icy-pole trays and make red and white Lightsabers. Red is watermelon and white is pear. He loves them as he is so much into Star Wars! ~ Vanina
11. Tacos are always a good way of getting salad onto the plate… Also, have you tried hidden vegetable spaghetti? It’s basically minced up veg that looks like mince! ~ Penny
12. I use cool plates! ~ Belinda
13. So many choices. Today I made quinoa, zucchini and kale muffins. My kids also love green smoothies – you could add nuts for added protein… ~ Kristy
14. I also make chicken schnitzel ‘fingers’. Easy to pick up fast to cook. ~ Tiffany
15. I place the different foods into coloured cupcake cases for lunch or dinner. I also have little coloured cupcake moulds – looks even better. ~ Yvette
16. Buy a Lazy Susan, put all the dinner components on there in bowls and let the kids make up their own dinner. It works great for wraps, tacos or constructing their own pizza. ~ Hazel
17. My kids will usually eat when I involve them in cooking, ie making their own pizza dough. Or they love to sit and watch me cook at the breakfast bar and that helps. I made shepherd’s pie tonight and all three wolfed it down. I also do a carpet picnic. ~ Donna
18. Check out www.getkidscooking.com.au, they are fantastic and have plenty of healthy recipes for kids! ~ Kate
19. I make mini ‘arancini’ balls with leftover risotto – refrigerate risotto (we normally eat mushroom) and it becomes quite cold and claggy. Roll into balls or shapes and cover in breadcrumbs. Spray with oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. ~ Isabel
If you have any other ‘cool meal’ ideas for kids, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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