Healthy recipes for kids have to be quick, flavorful and nutritious. Getting kids to eat vegetables sometimes requires some major negotiation. Finding a way to get vegetables into the mouths of babes is easy when they are part of a fun meal that they help prepare.
Creating innovative ways to get kids involved in the preparation of meals is the first step in getting them to eat their veggies. Creating a healthy recipes with kids provides two benefits: healthy eating and a quality fun time spent together.
Kids Recipes for Create My Own Soup
Have the children count the carrots and zucchini pieces. Let them spell their names with the noodles if you have alphabet noodles. You may find other novelty noodles shapes like cars or animals. You can create a theme for the project.
You can cut star shapes out of the carrot slices and zucchini (use an aspic cutter) then set aside.
- 1-2 carrots
- 1 zucchini
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup shaped pasta
- Dash of sage
- 3/4 cup chopped, cooked chicken
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Scrub the carrots and zucchini lightly with a vegetable brush.
- Cut the vegetables into 1/4-inch slices.
- Cut star shapes out of the carrot & zucchini and set them aside.
- In a medium sized pot, bring the broth to a simmer over medium heat.
- Add the carrot stars.
- Simmer for about 3-5 minutes until carrots start to become tender.
- Add the pasta, zucchini and chicken.
- Continue cooking the soup for another few minutes.
- Stir occasionally until the pasta is done.
Makes 4 servings.
Let the kids find their names or count the number of stars in their soup bowl. The kids will enjoy the adventure and fun, you will feel good knowing they are eating their vegetables.
Color is an important eating trigger for kids. The more color that is introduced into a meal, the more likely children are to sample the food. The benefit is that foods with vibrant colors are healthy foods like vegetables and fruits. When planning meals with kids, introduce as much color as possible.