8 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes You'll Love Too

Jul 6 2016
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

My kids are out of school for the summer, so I'm feeding them all day long. Do you have any kid-friendly recipes that my husband and I will like too?

Hungry Mom
Answer@2x Hi Hungry Mom,

I always joke that I have the taste buds of a twelve-year-old, so YES, I have plenty of recipes your kids will enjoy! Here are eight great ones to whip up this summer...

Cheesy Cauliflower Tater Tots

1/4th of recipe (7 tater tots): 68 calories, 2g total fat (1g sat fat), 291mg sodium, 6.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 6g protein

SmartPoints® value 2*

Since it debuted in Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry, this recipe has become an HG classic! There aren't any actual potatoes in these tots, but your kids will never know. (Unless you ask for their help... These are pretty fun to make!)

French Toast Nuggets

Entire recipe: 197 calories, 5g total fat (1g sat fat), 402mg sodium, 25g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 11.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

Nugget-shaped food is just more appealing to little ones! This French toast is actually made from a hot dog bun, which you just might have sitting around your kitchen thanks to summer cookouts. Perfect. Check out this PB&J version too!

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie

1/4th of recipe: 211 calories, 5.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 709mg sodium, 27g carbs, 6g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 14.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Spaghetti and pizza in one -- it doesn't get any more kid friendly! This dish has all the cheesy, saucy goodness you'd expect from a pizza-pasta mash-up. Plus, it's loaded with veggies like mushrooms, bell pepper, and (instead of actual pasta) spaghetti squash. It's a total win-win.

Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes

1/12th of recipe (1 meatloaf cupcake): 150 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 280mg sodium, 15g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 12.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 4*

Why will kids love these miniature meatloaves? 1. They're made in a muffin pan, so each serving is the perfect size for little hands. 2. They're topped with mashed potatoes. 3. They're adorable (check out the pea 'n carrot sprinkles)! And you'll love 'em because they're loaded with protein and make a great mid-day snack.

Rockin' Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Entire recipe: 270 calories, 13g total fat (6.5g sat fat), 733mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 19.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 9*

Multi-colored grilled cheese? Heck, yes! Give your kids a summertime treat by adding rainbow shades of food coloring (there are all-natural versions available!) to their grilled-cheese sandwiches. So pretty, and it tastes amazing... Watch how it's made!

Clean & Hungry Chicken Nuggets

1/2 of recipe (5 nuggets): 179 calories, 3g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 377mg sodium, 7.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 28g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

Ah, chicken nuggets. The only way to improve on this kid classic is to make it healthier! These all-natural nuggets are coated with egg whites and a mix of whole-wheat breadcrumbs and tasty seasonings before being baked in the oven. Crispy, delicious, and totally good for you.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

1/5th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 255 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 549mg sodium, 39g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 13.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

This recipe for a childhood favorite is pumped up with cauliflower and butternut squash, and the veggies blend in seamlessly. Plus, it's made in a slow cooker, so you can set it and forget it while you do more important things... like keep your kids out of trouble!

Chocolate Banana Nachos

Entire recipe: 191 calories, 4g total fat (2g sat fat), 13mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 3g protein

SmartPoints® value 5*

Let's bring it home with dessert. You'd think dessert nachos would be a nutritional disaster, but not if you make 'em the Hungry Girl way. These nachos are baked and made with just three ingredients: corn tortillas, banana, and mini chocolate chips. Fun to assemble, too!

Chew on this:

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