It’s certainly not new information that kids are picky eaters. It can be like pulling teeth to get your children to eat anything green, and it can get tiring sneaking veggies into their grilled cheese. If you break the habit early on, you can turn your finicky eaters into adventurous foodies!

Swap out the pizza rolls and chicken fingers for a tasty dish that is secretly good for them and you. The days are over of making separate meals for the kiddos. Not only are these recipes healthy, but they also only take one pot to cook! Easy to make and easy to clean, what a dream.

With a balance of lean proteins and whole vegetables, these recipes are jam packed with healthy nutrients without sacrificing flavor. Once your kids are hooked on these wholesome and nutritious dishes, you’ll open the doors to dozens of more exciting foods to try.

Cheddar-Cauliflower Soup

When you think of healthy food, a heavy cheddar based soup probably doesn’t come to mind. However, this variant uses cauliflower to provide the creamy texture, cutting the calorie count all the way down to 250.

This soup is delicious with a velvety texture that doesn’t shy away from flavor. For this no fuss recipe you just toss all of the ingredients in your instant pot, let it simmer and you’re ready to dive in! There are dozens of additional toppings you can add in such as turkey bacon, onions, scallions, or peppers if you want an extra kick. You’ll adore this soup just as much as your kids do, I guarantee you’ll be fighting over that last bowl.

Lemon-Garlic Drumsticks

This is a great recipe for the whole family because everyone can lend a helping hand when throwing this dish together. Sometimes it’s okay to get a little messy, and you’ll find that out rather quickly when you leave the utensils off the table for these drumsticks.

This is a total set it and forget it recipe. Coat the chicken in a buttery lemon garlic sauce and simmer in your instant pot. for about 45 minutes. When you open the lid the smell alone will leave your mouth watering. Plate the tender drumsticks on the dinner table and get your hands dirty with the family.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Vegetable “Pasta” Bake

This is one of the sneakiest healthy dinners. While it is heavy with cheese, it’s gluten-free and packed with vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and red peppers. We can’t deprive our kids of all the tasty classics like mac and cheese, but we can make them a tad better for them. Toss the processed boxed instant mac and opt for a homemade version so you know every ingredient in your bowl.

For the days when you open your fridge and sigh at the minimal fresh produce, this is a great option for dinner. You can also add in whatever you have on hand to use up last week’s groceries. Plop down on the couch and watch a movie with the family while this quickly bakes.

Hearty Lentil Plus White Bean Soup

This is the perfect Winter soup that will leave you leftovers for days. A hearty soup is the ideal comfort food, and this lentil and white bean soup is no different.

This recipe couldn’t be healthier with just around 210 calories per serving. Making a big batch of this soup at the beginning of the week is a great way to save time on busy weeknights when you’re too exhausted to do anything other than reheat a pot. Garnish this soup with some fresh herbs and sharp Parmesan cheese to fool your family into thinking you’re a professional chef.

Chickpea and Kale Thai Coconut Curry

This dish is a excellent way to get your youngsters to try some new foods. They may shake their head at the thought of chickpeas or kale, but this delicious and savory curry will open their eyes to all of the culinary flavors from around the world.

This curry is loaded with Thai-inspired seasonings and vegetables but still low in calories and carbs. You can prepare this in just fifteen minutes, making it a perfect weeknight option.

Garlic Lemon Shrimp with Cauliflower Grits

Introduce some Southern flair into your home with this shrimp and cauliflower grits entree. The use of cauliflower and coconut milk as opposed to heavy cream and corn make this recipe much more nutritious than the South is used to, but they may not even taste the difference!

This dish amps up the health benefits with low calorie ingredients without forgoing the bold cajun spices.


It’s important to keep your health in mind when shopping and preparing dinner, but oddly there’s a screwed misconception that healthy food doesn’t taste as good. We’re here to tell you that is far from the truth, and you’ll realize that with every bite! We can eliminate those fussy eaters from your dinner table with these healthy alternatives.