When my kids were small, they are anything so I had a million healthy dinner ideas for kids! As they got older, the universe laughed at me and I had to admit that my kids were picky eaters.
The kids will still eat most of what I cook, but I had to get creative. We eat dairy free recipes now so no shredded cheese, including grilled cheese sandwiches (where I could hide anything!).
For the most part, I can come up with delicious recipes based on what we have on hand. But every once in a while we just want to eat something special! Below, I’ve listed 15 Clean eating dinner ideas for kids that they will actually enjoy. Skip the frozen pizza and give these delicious dinner recipes a try.
Slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes make for easy dinner ideas, so there are a good mix of them in this post. We’ve also included make ahead recipes.
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15 Kid Friendly Clean Eating Recipes
Dinner Ideas for Kids
These delicious kid friendly dinner ideas will become a staple in your house! Pair them with a couple of sides and you've got a dinner that even picky eaters will enjoy.
Talk about a kid pleaser! These kalbi short ribs are just the right balance of sweet and salty. Delicious! You’ll be surprised how fast the kids devour this one. Pair it with quinoa or rice and a vegetable like sauteed asparagus for a complete meal!
These are AMAZING! Seriously our favorite dinner right now. The meat just falls off the bone with these ribs and It is all about the technique. Low and slow then finished on the grill (or under the broiler if you don’t have a grill).
Who doesn’t love Sloppy Joes?? This simple recipe is made in the slow cooker. Just set it and forget it!! And those Paleo Hamburger buns…. I’m sold. If you are feeling adventurous, use the leftovers to make a sloppy joe pizza.
I love the idea of cauliflower pizza crust, but this recipe takes it to the next level! It’s a little time consuming but completely worth it! The kids enjoy this one and the adults love that it is low in calories. This is a great appetizer idea!
Kids enjoy fish when it is prepared properly. Bread it and they are immediately willing to give it a try! These fish croquettes are the perfect way to introduce your kids to fish!
Dairy Free Pasta Dishes
These dairy free pasta recipes use creative ways of cutting out the cheese to make dishes that kids love. There are a few vegan pasta recipes sprinkled in but feel free to add meat if you are not vegan.
Forget buttered noodles. This delicious vegan tomato pasta uses gluten free noodles and cashews in place of cheese. The kids won't know it but they will be getting all kind of nutrition from this dish!
This is one of my favorite recipes on the list! This Paleo Mac N Cheese uses cauliflower in place of the noodles. My kids complain about the cauliflower but one taste and they are asking for seconds! If there is only one recipe on this list that you try, this should be it…
This delicious Alfredo Bank uses Almond milk to make the creamy sauce. Add zucchini noodles and it’s a delicious meal for the whole family! One secret to getting your kids to eat zoodles is to mix it with whole wheat noodles.
This Gluten Free recipe is also clean eating friendly! If you don’t have a Clean Italian Recipe that you love, check out this one from Gracious Pantry: https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-italian-dressing/
Finger foods are a staple for kids so we are giving it its own section! Don't worry, these can all be eaten with utensils too!
To make these chicken nuggets clean eating compatible, swap out the Italian breadcrumbs for whole wheat breadcrumbs. I like to take stale bread and blend it in the blender or food processor to make breadcrumbs. Store it in the freezer until you need them. Easy and delicious!
Don’t be intimated by the pretty picture on this one! These are fast and simple to make. The best part is that the kids will eat them simply because they are easy to pick up with your hands!
Instant Pot Recipes and Slow Cooker Recipes
Instant pot recipes and slow cooker recipes are perfect for busy nights. Set it in the morning and have dinner waiting when you get home. They also tend to make a lot so you can have leftovers for lunch!
This Instant pot chicken recipe is so easy that you'll be making it for everything! It's great for dinner but make extra because you can also use the leftover chicken for wraps, salads or sandwiches the next day.