If you are a nutrition professional working with families, you know that getting the whole family on board with healthier eating habits can be a challenge. Here are some great ideas for family-friendly meals and snacks to add to their meal plans.
1. Berry Baked Oatmeal
2. Banana Coconut Granola
"My littlest guy loves the granola recipes on his yogurt. TCL chocolate chip cookies and muffins are always a hit."
3. Sweet Potato Pancakes
Pancakes are always a go-to family-friendly meal. They can also be made in advance, and reheated in the toaster or toaster oven.
"Just started introducing solids with my 8 month old, and he throws less of the sweet potato pancakes (minus the maple syrup) on the floor" - Kristy
4. Blueberry Banana Muffins
5. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kid-friendly and adult-friendly too!
6. Peanut Butter Rice Krispies
7. Homemade Doritos
8. Herbed Chicken Tenders with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce
9. Spinach, Tomato & Goat Cheese Pizza
"My youngest loves the ‘pesto pizza’. It is in weekly rotation at our house." - Susan M.
10. Mac n' 'Cheese'
11. Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken
12. Curried Chicken Slow Cooker Stew
"For soups and stews, I just make sure to chop things chunky enough for my little to grasp, and serve the broth separately from the solid ingredients." - LeChing V.
"I often make deconstructed versions of the meals when I plate my boys' dinners (they hate things mixing). Generally the "finger foods" are a winner with my boys, but I try to expose them to a variety of foods so that they learn to like it. Had a mom win this weekend where both boys finally ate stew and discovered they like it!" - Kristin E.
13. Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
14. Slow Cooker Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash
15. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
"I have a very picky toddler and have most success with slow cooked soups (chicken noodle was a hit) and bolognese/turkey meatballs (+they are easy to make which is a huge bonus in a busy household)."
16. Pulled Chicken & Pesto Wraps
Remember our Pulled Chicken & Pesto Wraps? Add the chicken to the food processor with your pesto for an ultra creamy spread. Roll it up in brown rice tortillas and slice into kid-friendly pinwheels!
17. Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes & Pesto
18. Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers