Healthy and Delicious Dinner Recipes to Try
By Angela Kidd
If you could, you want your child to eat ONLY nutritious food every meal. But let’s face it – most kids are picky eaters and are not fond of eating vegetables. Good thing there are many ways to incorporate nutrition into your daily meals that kids won’t even notice!
Try these healthy and delicious kid-approved dinner recipes!
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
What you need:
- 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, sliced into bite-sized strips
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 3 cups fusilli pasta
- 1 can of chicken broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 dashes of Italian seasoning
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Saute chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot for 3-4 minutes. Add the pasta, broth, garlic and half-and-half to the pot. Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil, reducing heat once boiling. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to medium-low before adding broccoli. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper (and red pepper flakes if using). Stir and remove from heat. Transfer to a serving dish and serve topped with parmesan cheese.
Ultimate Meatball Subs
What you need:
- 6 hotdog buns
- 1 package Rosina Italian Style meatballs
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 small pinch of red pepper flakes
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, sugar and salt and stir until ingredients are well-combined. Add the meatballs and stir, covering with sauce. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and spoon meatballs and sauce into hotdog buns (divide into 6 buns). Top each with mozzarella cheese and cook on a preheated broiler for 2 minutes (check frequently to make sure they don’t burn!). Allow cooling for several minutes before serving. Best served with healthy chips or a salad!
You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to prepare a healthy, balanced and more importantly, delicious meal for your picky little one. You just have to be creative and experimental with your cooking! Try these kid-approved dinner recipes.