Recipe Ideas for Kids

Dinner  | Snacks and Goodies  | Breakfast


Recipe Ideas for Kids Dinners

Classic Meat Pie
Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
Curried Sausages
Nachos

Classic Meat Pie

  • 1kg round steak (or chuck or gravy beef)
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pieces of puff pastry (thawed)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for glazing


This is what you do:

  1. Cut meat in 2cm cubes, cover in flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shake off excess flour.
  2. Brown meat in a heavy-based pan in batches and drain on paper towels.
  3. Cook onion in same pan for 5 mins or until soft.
  4. Return meat to pan and add stock, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce and bring to boil.
  5. Simmer, covered for about 1 - 2 hours. Allow the meat to cool.
  6. Preheat oven to 210C.
  7. Cover the base of a 4-cup capacity pie dish with a sheet of puff pastry, add the meat mixture and cover the mixture
  8. with another sheet of puff pastry.
  9. Seal any joins and then pierce the top of the pie with a fork several times to allow steam to escape during the
  10. cooking process.
  11. Brush with egg and bake for 30 mins or until pastry is golden.

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Another great healthy recipe for busy kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Chives, Sage, Rosemary or a pinch of what ever you have
  • 3 sheets puff pastry


Method

  1. Blend all ingredients
  2. Cut each sheet of puff pastry in quarters and put a small amount of mixture on each quarter, roll to look like a sausage roll
  3. Cook 20 min in a moderately hot oven, turning once.

These freeze well

Curried Sausages

This is a great Aussie favorite. Here is what you need (making enough for 2 adults and a child):

  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 500ml water
  • 1tbsp gravox
  • 1tbsp tomato sauce
  • Chopped red and green capsicum, carrots and any other vegetable you like
  • 8 sausages, beef or chicken (cut into 1 inch lengths)

 

And here is how you do it

  1. Fry onion, garlic and curry powder for few minutes
  2. add water, gravox and tomato sauce, bring to boil
  3. add vegetables and cook for few minutes
  4. add sausages and simmer for 1 hour
  5. serve with rice and enjoy!!!

Nachos For Kids

If you want to serve up nachos for your toddler or child and he or she does not like food to spicy this is the recipe for you.

What you need

  • Corn Chips
  • Grated cheese
  • Can of baked beans
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Sour cream

What you Do

  1. In an over proof dish put a layer of corn chips, followed by a sprinkle of cheese, followed by half the baked beans.
  2. Now add another layer of corn chips, followed by the rest of the baked beans followed by cheese.
  3. Bake in the oven for 5 - 10 mins until cheese melts
  4. Meanwhile, cut up the avocado, tomato and cucumber to make a small salad
  5. Serve nachos topped with salad and sour cream.


Kids Recipe Ideas for Snacks and Goodies

Lollypop Biscuits
Spinach Pikelets
Cheese Muffins
Apricot and Coconut Muffins
Gingerbread
Fruit Kebabs
Muesli Cookies

Lollypop Biscuits

lollypop biscuitsThese biscuits are yummy, look great and are perfect for something different at birthday parties.

Ingredients

  • 180g unslated butter, softened
  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g melted dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp milk
  • paddle pop sticks

Method

  1. Cream butter and sugar in a small bowl with electirc beaters until light and fluffy
  2. Add vanilla essence and egg and beat until well combinded
  3. Divide mixture into 2 bowls
  4. Add a few drops of red food colouring to one bowl and mix well
  5. Add melted dark chocolate, cocoa and milk to other bowl and mix well
  6. Add half the sifted flour and half the baking powder to each bowl, using a knife, mix to a soft dough
  7. Roll each portion onto a piece of baking paper to the same size rectangle about 2mm thick.  Place one layer on top of the other. Trim the edges and roll up swiss-roll-style, covering the roll in baking paper.
  8. Refigerate for 30 minutes or until firm
  9. Preheat the oven to moderate 180C
  10. Cut the log into slices about 1cm thick, place on baking paper on tray leaving 3cm between each slice. Gently push a paddle pop stick into the edge of each slice making sure the sticks do not touch other slices.
  11. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes  or until golden.  Cool on tray for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cook completely.  Store in an airtight container.

 

Spinach Pikelets

This is a great snack for babies, toddlers and all kids, this recipe makes a lot of pikelets so why not freeze a few for another day. This is a healthy recipe for kids.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 pack frozen spinach
  • 5 spring onions finally chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Method

  1. Thaw spinach
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Fry with a spoon of butter when needed

You can experiment with using other vegetables, grated carrot and zucchini are also great.

Cheese Muffins

These cheese muffins are amazing warm, just out of the oven and make a great savory snack for kids after school.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 - 1 cup milk
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 1 cup grated cheese

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to a moderate heat
  2. Beat eggs, milk butter and herbs
  3. Sift flour into another bowl and add cheese (reserve a small amount of cheese)
  4. Stir in egg mixture
  5. Spoon into muffin tin, makes 12 large muffins or many small
  6. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top
  7. Bake for 25 min (large muffin) or 15 min (small muffin) or until golden on top

Apricot and Coconut Muffins

These are a great snack for adults and kids. They also freeze really well and are quick and easy to make. This is a yummy recipe for kids.

What you need

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Here is how you do it:

  1. Grease 12 hole muffin pan (1/3 cup / 80ml capacity)
  2. Place flour in large bowl, rub in butter
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir with large metal spoon until just combined
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared pan
  5. Bake in moderately hot oven about 20 minutes
  6. Turn onto wire rack

Gingerbread

Gingerbread men, women or teddies are yummy, easy to make and fun to decorate give it a try today! Make sure you involved your child in the cooking process and of course the decorating. This is a fun and easy kids recipe.

What you need:

  • 125g Butter
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1.2 tsp ground clove
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • food colouring

Here is how you do it

  1. Preheat oven to moderate
  2. Heat butter, sugar, golden syrup until butter is melted. leave to cool for 5 mins.
  3. Sift flour, spices, soda. Add butter mixture, egg & extract. Stir with wooden spoon until combined
  4. Knead dough lightly on floured surface. Use rolling pin and roll dough out to 5mm thickness. Cut out shapes.
  5. Bake, uncovered in moderate oven about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.
  6. Make icing by beating egg white in small bowl with electric mixer until just frothy. gradually add sifted icing sugar, beating between additions until stiff peaks form. Divide into smaller bowls and add food colouring as desired.
  7. Decorate gingerbread with icing and any other food decorations you desire.

Fruit Kebabsfruit kebabs snack for kids

What you need:

  1. A couple of pieces of seasonal fruit
  2. Wooden skewers


All you need for these fruit kebabs is a few pieces of chopped up fruit, get your child to choose the fruit and you do the chopping.  The child can thread the fruit onto the skewer in any order he or she likes.  Then enjoy eating the healthy snack.  This is not only a healthy snack but also a fun activity for kids using their fine motor skills and teaching healthy eating.

Muesli Cookies

This is a great recipe as you can pretty much add what ever ingredients you like (or what ever you have in the pantry).  They are also yummy and not to bad for you and the kids either!

What you need:

  • 2 cups raw muesli
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of what ever dried fruit or nuts you like.  We like to include dates, cranberries, sultanas, apricot, almonds, desiccated coconut and choc chips.  Chop the dried fruit up so that everything is the size of a sultana.
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 80g light margarine melted
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 egg white

Here is how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C.  Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper
  2. Combine museli, flour, sugar, dried fruit in a large bowl. Make a well at the center. Add margarine and eggs, mix in dried ingredients gradually until well combined
  3. Using damp hands roll tablespoons of dough into balls. Place on prepared tray about 4cm apart for spreading. using a fork, flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays, cookies will firm.


Kids Recipe Ideas for Breakfasts

Porridge with Dates

It is often difficult to find food that is nutritious and that kids will eat and enjoy. Recently, I have come across a winter breakfast hit - porridge with dates. I love it and Ben, my 18 month old also loves it. Cook porridge on the stove as normal and add 4 - 6 cut up dried dates (without pips). Add the dates as early as possible in the cooking process. You will end up with a naturally sweet and yummy breakfast! No need to add any brown sugar.

Dates are extremely nutritious, containing more natural sugar than any other fruit. Dates contain protein, Vitamin A, potassium and some of the B vitamins they also contain dietary fiber so are a great breakfast starter.



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