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Kids’ Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating!

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Kids’ Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating

Recently Prestige asked if I’d like to share some parenting tips with my readers to celebrate the launch of their new Dura Forge range of pans. So of course my thoughts immediately turned to food! Do you have a fussy eater or two in you house? Sometimes mealtimes can feel like an uphill struggle so here are some tips that I have picked up or devised over the years:

  • Try to introduce as many different foods as you can to your children from a young age. I was once told that a child needs to eat something 20 times before they like it and I have to say that persistence does pay off. My daughter used to dislike any dishes containing chilli but I found that with a combination of reducing the amount I used and letting the meal cool down (which also decreases the spicy heat) she eventually came to like my ‘go to’ store cupboard dinner, Chilli, Bacon & Chickpea Pasta and you’ll even find her plying a chicken wrap with sriracha sauce these days.
  • Sometimes it’s not the flavour that prevents kids from eating something but the look. My daughter won’t eat anything with a vein on display like a pork chop but if I make something like Frikerdella (Danish Meatballs) then there’s no problem at all. So using minced meat in things like burgers, spaghetti bolognese etc is a way to get round the visual thing.
  • Organic Food. For years my daughter would leave her Christmas dinner, or at least the poultry part and I was getting a bit frustrated by this. In the last few years we’ve been having an organic chicken for our Christmas dinner but last year I made a big point in telling my daughter all about this special chicken that had been fed a really good pesticide free diet and what a good life it had had, playing football and running around outside. I explained how the flavour was also far superior to battery chickens. Well that seemed to be the key that unlocked the door to my daughter eating all roast chicken and now she eats it all the time (providing I don’t put any veins on her plate)!

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    The new Dura Forge range from Prestige (image courtesy of Prestige)

  • Flattery. I’ll often create new dishes and one day I was making a chicken pie with bits from the fridge when my daughter announced that she certainly wouldn’t be eating it. So in a flash of inspiration I decided to put my daughter’s name across the top of the pie in pastry letters with an accompanying heart shape. Well as you can imagine she was so surprised and flattered at my thoughtful creativity that she ate all her pie up!
  • Snacks. Don’t let you children fill up on too many snacks when they come home from school and try to get some fruit into them at this time. A hungry child is less likely to be so fussy and more likely to finish their meal.
  • Get you kids involved with cooking, it will give them a real sense of achievement and ownership of the finished product. It’s a great way to get them to try new things as well as getting creative. These Monster Pancakes are perfect for encouraging little ones to try out new fruits as they’ll be engrossed in making a scary face with them!
  • Eat as a family and make mealtime, quality time (no phones at the table), the more relaxed kids are the more likely they are to eat.
  • Sow seeds with your kids, knowing where their food comes from is very important. I remember my daughter asking to plant a pip from her apple when she was little and 8 years on we have a small Braeburn tree in the garden! (No apples yet but we live in hope)! Herbs and cress are a lot quicker to grow however; I can still remember my first cress sandwich at school after growing the seeds on some blotting paper. I loved cress from that day on!
  • There are some foods kids will never like perhaps it’s in the genes? You could sit me in front of a block of blue cheese forever and a day and nothing would make me like it. I did however recently discover that by melting it in a pan and serving with steak it looses it’s sour taste and becomes quite bearable, well almost delicious!

So these are just a few tips to get your kids eating a varied diet, I’m sure you have many of your own and I’d love to hear them in the comments! I have only referenced my daughter in this feature as my son turns 18 next week so hasn’t been a fussy eater in a very long time!

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I have been looking for a new Wok but now I feel I don’t need one! Dura Forge 20cm Frypan

Last week I was sent the new Dura Forge 30 cm frypan by Prestige and I have to say I’m really impressed. When I was asked if I’d like to review a saucepan or a frypan I’ll admit I wasn’t very excited as I had sufficient of both. However when the Dura Forge frypan arrived I was over the moon as it is deeper than your average frypan so can double up as a stir fry/casserole pan. I also love the look of the Dura Forge frypan with its pretty shiny stainless steel base and stripe effect interior. So far I’ve made 3 dishes in my new frypan and the food just seems to glide effortlessly across the interior, more so than any other non-stick pan I’ve used. Cleaning is also a breeze as there’s no need to soak before washing. The main features of the pan are:

  • 3D stainless steel base which resists warping, making it suitable for all hobs including induction.
  • Forged body which provides strength and thickness where needed for optimal cooking performance.
  • Reinforced, ridged anti-scratch interior for superior food release and easy cleaning.

I thought it would be really great to hear what meals my fellow food bloggers rustle up in their pots and pans for their kids or more specifically, their kids’ favourite meals. So I posed the question this week and as you’d expect there’s a lot of pasta but there are also some spicy and exotic dishes which is great to see. Here is the collection of kids’ favourite meals:

Kid's Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4AllKid's Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4All

Kid's Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4AllKid's Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4All

Kids' Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4All

Kid's Favourite Recipes + Tips to get them Eating @FabFood4All

I really want to make each and every one of these Kids’ Favourite Recipes as I’m sure my family will love them and I think yours will too! Do let me know if you try any of them and tell me what your kids’ thought!

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  1. Amy Fidler

    Thanks for the recipes and great tips x

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure Amy-)

  2. Choclette

    Lots of good tips here. I’m a firm believer in getting kids into help out in the kitchen asap. I’ve managed to pretty much burn all of my pans now – oops! So I’m in need of a new set.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette! I’m really impressed with my new pan:-)

  3. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    I’m envying those Prestige pans. My Ikea ones are on their last legs…. not that they have any! Fab roundup and thanks for the shout-out.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Michelle, I am loving my new frypan as it’s the size I use most nights:-)

  4. Elizabeth

    What a super collection of recipes! Kids can be so fussy sometimes, but thankfully there are a wide variety recipes we can make – surely they’ll like something! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth-)

  5. Heather Haigh

    Great roundup and plenty of things I’d enjoy eating too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, me too:-)

  6. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Some good ideas and recipes Camilla. It really is about presenting them with the same dish over and over until they get used to it and always trying new things. It’s too easy to let them get stuck eating the same few things over and over.

    1. Camilla

      Thank Jacs, yes perseverance pays off.

  7. Ninjakillercat

    Brilliant post and there’s brilliant of inspiration for healthy eating too

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Claire, yes I’m loving all these recipes:-)

  8. Katie

    There are some great recipe ideas on here Camillia – thanks for including my veggie curry 🙂 xxx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie and a pleasure:-)

  9. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    So many great stovetop recipes to get kids eating well! My kids would love the courgetti alfredo.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kate:-)

  10. Emily Leary

    What a gorgeous round up. So many fantastic recipe ideas and great to see true variation instead of just the same old ‘safe’ options.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, I was pleased to see so many diverse recipes:-)

  11. Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com

    Great post and some fab tips. I do think cooking with children, involving them in planning meals and making meals a fun family affair is the key. I want to bring my kids up, not just to be unfussy, but to be passionate foodies too! We use mealtimes to talk about food and flavour and what all the different nutrients do for our bodies. They are at a great age: 6 & 8, where they are like little sponges and love learning about food and cooking it! Thanks for including my fajitas 🙂 Eb x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Eb yes talking about nutrients is also important, so many kids have poor diets these days and schools are not teaching proper Home Economics anymore so they a missing out.

  12. Monika Dabrowski

    This is a great collection of kid friendly simple recipes and thank you so much for including my salmon fish fingers recipe! I have shared the post in as many places as possible. Have a good weekend:)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Monika, I do love your Salmon Fish Fingers, a please to include them:-)

  13. Kavey

    Gosh, it sounds like quite a challenge to get kids to eat sometimes. As a non-parent I’ve obviously never experienced this, but can still appreciate the strategies you’ve developed to mitigate this!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, yes you have to think on your toes often:-)

  14. Helene AKA Croque-Maman

    Such a great selection! I’ll definitely save this for later. Thank you

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helene:-)

  15. Gillian Thompson

    Great Article Camilla. Your points are all spot on. Happy to hear some families still value eating together, it seems to be a dying tradition. We always eat together with our kids, maybe it’s because it’s how we were brought up! As a child I remember a lot of my friends would eat TV dinners, but they always loved coming to my house for a proper home cooked meal by my Mum.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Gillian, yes sadly families don’t seem to eat together as much these days which is a huge shame.

  16. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    Great post, and some great recipes! I also think it’s really important to eat with your kids, and that they eat the same things you do. We’ve always done family mealtimes and it makes a huge difference. I remember once when my daughter was tiny, I’d made us a curry, and thinking it would be too spicy for her, I’d cooked up some of the same vegetables without the sauce. Well, she immediately noticed that she had something different from us and wouldn’t give up until she got the curry too!!

    1. Camilla

      That’s fab Helen, yes we’ve always eaten together and that’s what I grew up with too. I think my son got a taste for curry from his organic jars of baby food:-)

  17. Munchies and munchkins

    So many great ideas in this post! I definitely think you are missing out by not eating blue cheese but it’s definitely an acquired taste. I started out having it melted with crushed potatoes – which is so good and now I can eat chunks of it on its own..not always a good thing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becky. Blue cheese just turns my stomach, you may as well ask me to eat the mould off some rotting food because that’s what it tastes like raw to me. I’m only just coming round to capers and anchovies gradually!

  18. Kellie@foodtoglow

    Love love love your ideas! I hadn’t thought of flattery, but your example is so awesome – pastry name tag And it’s always fantastic and so much easier when you are cooking with good quality food and cooking pans. These look really top notch. PS thanks for including my peanut stew.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kellie, just call me cunning:-) Love your dish, really must try it:-)

  19. Christina | Christina's Cucina

    I could write a few pages here, but I am elated to see this post, Camilla! As an ex-social worker, it appalls me to see what is happening in places like the UK and US in regards to children’s diets. Most children’s menus only include hamburgers, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese nowadays, which are terrible choices overall. I hope lots of families are inspired to do a bit more cooking at home after seeing this.

    Love your tips on getting kids to eat, and especially the one about getting kids involved in cooking. Of course, the kitchen needs to have some basic tools and most importantly is cookware. Sharing this everywhere I can! Great job!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Christina, yes I think I could have gone on for a few pages too! Perseverance is the name of the game and too many people give up at the first hurdle.

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