Kid-friendly recipes for picky eaters

In my house, we call the period between 5-7pm, ‘peak hour’.

There’s a lot to squeeze in – bath, dinner, book and bed – all when energy levels are fading. 

Dinnertime particularly can feel like gridlock, especially if you have a ‘picky eater’ in your household.

So, how do you get little ones to devour tasty and nutritious food – without tears, bribing, or meltdowns?

I’ve scoured the internet and found some stellar recipes that even the most discerning eaters in your house will love! 


7 kid-friendly recipes for picky eaters

Freezer dump curry

This one gets a big tick of approval from my kids and me… Batched meals like this delicious ‘Freezer dump’ curry save me time, cash, and lighten my mental load – no more wondering “What should we have for dinner?”.  Serve with rice, and top with your fave veggies (and a bit of spice for the grown-ups). Get recipe


Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Swap out traditional chicken nuggets for a healthier alternative by adding quinoa – a protein-rich superfood. Serve with tomato sauce or relish for a delicious (and guilt-free!) meal. This is a great recipe for the kids to help you make. Get recipe


Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

While not a complete meal per se, this hidden (or ‘boosted’) veggie pasta sauce is genius! Plus, you can batch cook it, freeze it, and use it as you need. Use it in a pasta dish, add it to burritos, or as pizza base sauce. Get recipe 


Kid friendly recipes for picky eaters


Sweet Potato, Spinach and Feta Muffins

Sneak in some extra veggies with Sweet Potato and Spinach Muffins. These muffins are a great snack when you’re on the go, and they’re perfect to add to school lunchboxes. They’re suitable for freezing too! Get recipe


Baked Fish Fingers with Yogurt Dip

This recipe comes with a warning: You will want to try ALL of Nagi’s recipes on RecipeTin Eats. This one for fish fingers is a healthier alternative to the store-bought fried version. Paired with a refreshing yogurt dip for lunch, afternoon snacks or an easy dinner. Get recipe


Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza Bites:

These bite-sized delights are a great gluten-free, low-carb option that are loaded with cheesy goodness and a fantastic way to sneak in some veggies – without compromising on taste. While this recipe suggest making sauce from scratch, I like use a pre-made pasta or pizza sauce. Get recipe


Berry Smoothie Bowl

Treat yourself at the end of the day to this nutritious Berry Smoothie Bowl. Packed with antioxidants, this colourful bowl is visually appealing and a delicious way to up your family’s fruit intake. Top with granola or nuts for added texture and healthy fats. FYI, this Donna Hay recipe is a little fancy, but you can use whatever berries or fruits you like. Get recipe



What are your favourite family recipes for picky eaters?

Share them in the comments! And if you need more kid-friendly recipes for picky eaters, take a look at…

Easy meals even fussy eaters love on Kidspot

Donna Hay’s 50 recipes that hide healthy ingredients from fussy eaters

All the recipes on My Fussy Eater

22 family meals that the fussiest kids will eat on Taste


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