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Top 10 Recipes for Picky Eaters

Kids Who Are Picky Eaters Will Love These Healthy Recipes


Coping with picky eaters in your house? These ten recipes for picky eaters are not only healthy, they're proven to tempt even the most resistant palates.

I use some of my favorite strategies for coping with picky eaters in developing these recipes, from changing the texture of vegetables to make them taste good to kids to pairing vegetables with foods kids already like. Try these recipes, and let me know what your picky eaters think!

1. Strawberry Smoothies

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Strawberry Smoothie
Stephanie Gallagher

Recipes for picky eaters should appeal to their natural palates, and this strawberry smoothie does. It's sweet, icy and refreshing. Even better: It's teeming with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and calcium. Now that's a healthy recipe for picky eaters!

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2. Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar
Stephanie Gallagher
Kids who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate in school, less likely to fill up on junk food later in the day. This oatmeal recipe is perfect for picky eaters, because it's topped with sweet bananas, crunchy (and heart-healthy) walnuts, chewy dried cranberries and brown sugar.

3. Yogurt Fruit Parfait

Recipes for Picky Eaters
Stephanie Gallagher

Sometimes it's easier to get picky eaters to eat fruit than vegetables. This recipe for picky eaters is made with Greek yogurt, berries and granola for a sweet treat that's full of vitamins, protein and minerals, too.


4. Baked Cod Recipe

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Baked Cod
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Fish is wonderfully healthy, and this baked cod has all the crunch and flavor picky eaters crave. Even better: This is one of those recipes for picky eaters that is refreshingly easy to prepare.

5. Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Chicken Stir Fry
Stephanie Gallagher

Stir fry is one of those great recipe techniques to use for picky eaters, because the vegetables take on a sweet-salty flavor when stir-fried in a teriyaki sauce. Sugar snap peas and carrots combine with chicken in this one-dish meal that's an ideal recipe for picky eaters.

6. Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Baked Spaghetti
Stephanie Gallagher

Even though I'm not a huge fan of sneaking vegetables into kids' food, this is one of those recipes for picky eaters that does include a hidden vegetable. Tell the picky eaters it's there; don't tell them. It doesn't matter. The pureed butternut squash just lends a sweetness to this recipe that is really quite delicious.


7. Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Brussels Sprouts
Stephanie Gallagher

This is one of those recipes for picky eaters that will amaze you. Not only does frying make these Brussels sprouts crispy as French fries, it's also pretty healthy, too. That's because Brussels sprouts are loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, and only a small amount of fat is retained on the vegetables when eaten.


8. Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Broccoli Mashed Potatoes
Stephanie Gallagher

Toss broccoli with potatoes, butter, milk, salt and pepper, and what's not to like? This broccoli mashed potatoes recipe is always a favorite recipe for picky eaters.


9. Oven Fried Zucchini Recipe

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Oven Fried Zucchini
Stephanie Gallagher

Panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese give this recipe for picky eaters a crisp coating that makes it really appealing to kids who are just developing their palates.


10. Crispy Kale

Recipes for Picky Eaters - Crispy Kale
Stephanie Gallagher

Never tried kale before? Think you don't like it? Try this recipe for picky eaters, and you'll soon become a kale convert. The first time I made this, my 10-year-old gobbled up the whole batch! There wasn't even a piece left for anyone else.

The secret is making sure the kale is crispy before you take it out of the oven. Be sure to put the baking tray on the lowest rack in the oven, so you can roast the kale without burning it. Check it often, and don't take it out until it is truly crispy.


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