8 Delicious Kid Meals Created By Moms (Who Are Also Nutritionists!)

Judy Dutton | Aug 5, 2014 Big Kid
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  • Peanut Noodles With Edamame


    "I love this recipe for peanut noodles with edamame because it is a one-dish recipe," says Diana Sugiuchi, RD, of Nourishfamily.com. "I use whole wheat noodles, peanut butter in the sauce, chopped peanuts and edamame for protein, so it is entirely vegetarian. Kids love it and if adults would like it spicier you can serve chopped fresh jalapenos on the side or add sriracha sauce. And if peanut allergies are an issue, you can substitute roasted shelled sunflower seeds for the peanuts and sunflower butter for the peanut butter."

  • Beans and Rice


    Kimberly Marsh, a registered dietitian in Colorado, says her one-year-old daughter digs this beans and rice recipe. "This dish is a good choice for little kids who do not have all their teeth yet, as you can mash up the beans a bit to help them chew it; the texture of beans can also easier for young palates compared to meat," she explains. "Full of protein and fiber while low in fat, this dish also provides potassium and calcium, even more if you add a little grated cheese. It is also very flexible and can easily be adapted to what vegetables and spices you have on hand or prefer."

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  • Chicken Sausage, Roasted Green Beans and Whole Grain Linguini


    "I don’t rule out 'shortcut foods' like chicken or turkey sausages," admits Samantha Cassetty, RD, Director of Nutrition for the healthy food brand Luvo.com. "I also have a 'whole grain only' policy at home, so if we have a side dish, it’s something like brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta. My ten-year-old son is also a big fan of roasted veggies; it brings out their natural sweetness. I make a game out of trying new things. Take peppers: I bought red, orange, and yellow ones and then we did a taste test to see what he liked best -- orange, in this case, but now he’ll eat all three varieties. The farmer’s market is filled with colorful produce, from purple carrots and potatoes to brown tomatoes, so I’ve gotten a lot of mileage from this."


  • Enchilada Casserole


    "Enchilada casserole is an easy, make ahead meal for busy evenings," says Vandana Sheth, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian. To make: Layer tortillas alternately with pinto/black beans and sautéed vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, spinach). Finish with enchilada sauce, shredded cheese and sliced olives. "The enchilada casserole provides carbohydrates, protein and vegetables," she says. "Just add some fruit for dessert to complete this delicious meal."

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