Kids can be hard to cook for. I don’t know why, but their little tongues and basic tastebuds means that they don’t like to try things that are new and different and it’s so common to see children end up eating frozen food like chicken nuggets, turkey dinosaurs, beans and chips.
But this isn’t the way it should be! Educating your children on great food and how to eat and prepare it is so important as it teaches them about nutrition and how to be healthy.
Now, I don’t have any kids of my own, but I’ve looked after plenty in my time and it’s getting to a point in my life where all my kids seem to be having babies so they make an appearance every now and then. Here are some of the things I’ve whipped up for the sprogs I’ve had in my care.
Veggie burritos are packed with all the nutrients a child needs to be strong and healthy, you can add chicken to make it more filled with protein, but children don’t need as much protein as adults and the veggies contain a little bit to keep them going.
They’re really easy to make too, all you need is rice, a flour wrap, vegetables and red kidney beans. Cook the rice, veggies and kidney beans up to a bit of a mushy consistency, fill the wrap and then roll it up. Simple!
Butter Chicken Curry
Don’t worry, this curry isn’t too spicy. To make it easy for kids to make and eat, you can make a great sauce with just tomato soup!
Mix together the soup, turmeric, parika, garam masala, chili powder, ginger and greek yoghurt into a smooth mixture. Then all you have to do is fry chicken up with onions and cook the rice. Combine it all together in a large pan simmer until it’s a thick texture.
I know you’ll think you’ll never get kids to eat salad, but the Greek salad is different I promise!
Mix together baby gem lettuce, red peppers, cuts of cucumber, black olives in a light toss and drizzle on a little olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and cider vinegar over the top.
To make the salad a real favourite with the kids and the key component. Cube some fresh goats cheese, as many as you want, and garnish the top of the salad with these.
So, they’re the ones that I’ve always had success with, but like I said, feeding kids is hard. Some are severely fussy and may require some tempting to be able to try some new things.
I’m not a child behaviourist, but I’m sure there are plenty of website out there that will tell you lots of ways to get kids to be experimental with their food. But, trust me, these foods are a step in the right direction.