Real Food That Kids Will Eat

Well  this week I have been searching for REAL food recipes that kids will eat – and after seeing numerous images of non-healthy snacks served in muffin tins as kids food I resorted to a good old fashioned cook book (BBC Good Food 101 Recipes for Kids) and Google – and have started my own board – REAL foods that KIDS will love Check it out here.

I am not saying that little man dived in and ate it all … after all it is introducing new foods which can take a few attempts. However he did eat something and Mummy and Daddy enjoyed these enough to eat them again without feeling like we are on a ‘kids food diet.

So here you are, some tried and tested recipes for KIDS that I have picked up on Pinterest or pinned from my favourite sites.

First up was a Spicy Sausage Pilaf (source and method)

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 sausages, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 225 g basmati or long grain rice
  • 125 ml white wine, optional
  • 600 ml strong chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

As there are only two adults and 1 child I did half quantities, and there was just enough for one hungry daddy, one not so hungry mummy and little man. I left out the Chilli and the white wine as I can be quite heavy handed and did not want a tiddly toddler with a burning mouth. I made the mistake of using skinless sausages (little one loves them) and they stuck as not great for frying and will use skin on sausages next time, I also added a little extra stock as hubby does not like ‘dry’ food so wanted so moisture left.

Verdict

This was really tasty and really simple (not much washing up) – hubby said it was like a ‘curry gumbo’ – because of the extra liquid and gave it the thumbs up.

Simple Sunday – English Muffin Pizza (source link)also called Baby Pizza

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Ingredients

  • 3 English Muffins split
  • 1 Small can of pasta/marinara/tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese (sticks or ball)
  • Oregano to taste
  • Desired toppings

We are rarely home on a Sunday so have a traditional roast in the week if we are having one. I always try and do a simple supper on a Sunday and found this recipe on pinterest. I used a jar of pizza topping instead of the passata, and had grated cheddar and mozzarella in the fridge so used that instead of the sticks/balls.  For a topping I defrosted a 100% beef burger and chopped this up into small cubes.

The great thing about this recipe is that little hands can help – and if ‘C’ makes it, he tends to eat it.

I don’t know whether American English Muffins are different from breakfast ‘Muffins’ but I found that oven cooking made the bases go quite hard so next time I would just grill them to keep the bases nice and soft .. and/or I may try using a puff pastry base instead of the muffin and then oven cooking them.

I don’t like to waste food and am left with 3 muffins and half a jar of pizza sauce that I have no other use for so next time I make these I am going to build some and freeze them uncooked and see how well they thaw and cook.

Verdict

Hubby tucked into 4 of these – with french fries and a salad and loved the non peppery pepperoni on the top (burger), and because these are not dissimilar to the occasional pizza slice ‘C’ has he was happy to tuck in with little encouragement.

Eggs and Bacon Chinese Style – Egg Fried Rice (source)

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Ingredients

  • a mug full of American long grain rice
  • a cupful of frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 back bacon rashers, roughly chopped
  • 1 small red pepper , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 heaped tsp Chinese five-spice powder

‘C’ is great with fruit and vegetables, getting him to eat meat or any other form of protein (eggs, tuna etc) is a different matter. I saw a kids fried rice recipe on pinterest but did not have a couple of the ingredients – ho hum, wouldn’t be making that then. It was time to turn of the laptop and I still had yet to decide what to make for supper. As I was looking for food for kids I grabbed my BBC Good Food ‘101 recipes for kids’ book of the shelf and guess what, it had a recipe for Chinese Egg-Fried Rice … Yippee!

All the good food books are tried and tested and I have not tried a recipe yet that has let me down.  This was really easy to prep, minimal washing up and it tasted great so when we had done eating I checked of the BBC Good Food Website and found the same recipe under a different name – so I pinned it onto my Food Glorious Food Board.

OK I realise now that I forgot the garlic, and I used 2 medium eggs as no large in the pantry. I also substituted the american long grain rice for Basmati (lower GI).

Verdict

This is a winner, nice and light and fresh, and the five spice gives it a great flavour – hubby covered his in soy sauce and then had some of mine naked and couldn’t decide which he liked best. C picked out all the peppers and had some of the rice .. but for once with a new dish he did not push it away and say ‘yucky’. Hubby is a meat and two vedge kinda guy and he would have like more meat … so next time I am going to add some chicken and maybe some prawns and make it more of a ‘special fried rice’ or half the recipe and serve with a rack of ribs.

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Originally published: August 2012

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