Kid Friendly Meals: Week 1

Recently I was asked by my friend for a weeks worth of dinner meals that meet the following criteria: kid friendly, healthy, somewhat ready-to-eat, easy to prepare, and can purchase all the ingredients on the weekend. Sound like a tall order? I was up for the challenge!

Day 1: Taco Night

Suggested Fixings: ground turkey, lettuce, LF/FF cheeses, onion, tomatoes, salsa, LF/FF sour cream, and any other toppings you know your children will eat! Tacos can be hard or soft shell — whatever your family prefers. Set up the toppings in little bowls so your children feel like they are helping / choosing toppings they will eat. Encourage them to try a vegetable!

Suggested Pairings: rice, side salad, sliced apples

Day 2: Open Face Tuna Melt

Suggested Fixings: 1 serving = 1 slice of whole wheat/grain bread, with 1/3 cup of tuna (canned in water, drained), and 1 ounce of LF/FF American or cheddar cheese. Arrange the tuna melts on a cookie sheet. Broil in the oven for 5 minutes. (Note: bread slices may need toasted prior to broiling for the cheese).

Suggested Pairings: sliced tomato, raw carrots/celery with dip, mandarin oranges

Day 3: Par-Boiled Chicken and Stuffing

Suggested Fixings: Boil boneless/skinless chicken breast until cooked thoroughly. Buy Stove Top stuffing and prepare as directed. Cut/shred the chicken into the stuffing mixture. Viola! Quick dinner.

Suggested Pairings: side salad, coleslaw, sauteed zucchini, steamed broccoli

Day 4: Salad Night

Suggested Fixings: dark leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, peppers, chickpeas, LF/FF cheese, LF/FF dressing, and any other healthy topping your children will eat! You can add some grilled chicken too! Set this up in little bowls like Taco Night and have your family build-a-salad individually.

Suggested Pairings: baked potato, fruit flavored yogurt, grapes

Day 5: Mac and Cheese

Suggested Fixings: Create this yummy homemade-slimmed-down version of mac and cheese for your whole family.

Suggested Pairings: fresh veggies/dip, side salad

Day 6: Crockpot Night: Beef Stew

Suggested Fixings: before leaving for work combine beef chuck, potatoes, and carrots. Beef stock can be added to make it more “stew” like. Put crock pot on low for 8 hours. When you get home, dinner is served!

Suggested Pairings: fresh fruit, side salad

Day 7: Hot Dog and Beans

Suggested Fixings: buy your favorite can(s) of baked beans and prepare accordingly. Cut up hot dogs (make them size appropriate for the age of your children) and add them to the beans. Viola! Dinner in 10 minutes.

Suggested Pairings: coleslaw, apple slices, peaches

I loved this project so much that I will have a second weeks worth of kid friendly meals meeting all the criteria again! Post will be soon!

To my friend (and you know who you are): I hope your kids love these meals. I love your family and love watching them grow up! (That was a lot of loves, but I love this friend!)

What are some meals you remember eating (and enjoying) as a kid!?

For me? I remember my parents making pizza casserole. It was noodles with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. It was quick and easy for them to make after work and it was a very enjoyable meal.


  1. 1

    um, i almost cried tears of joy at that mac n cheese picture! that’s one of my favorites…and STILL is!

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      My Grammy always used to make the BEST homemade mac and cheese. I’m sure it’s not as healthy as the slimmed down version though. Ohhh child memories, child memories :)

  2. 3
    Melissa says:

    The recipes look great Kate!! I never thought about substituting ground beef for tacos with turkey. Ill have to give that one a try :)

  3. 5

    Katie, don’t forget that I helped you come up with some of those! 😛

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Haha thanks Ellen! We had to think of some of our kid favorites — beef stew in the crockpot! I think there are more of your ideas on the next week :) Love ya sister!

  4. 7

    Thank you!!! The kids are excited to help me shop and prepare! They loved all of the suggestions. Surprisingly my picky Amanda likes everything except tuna so we thought maybe we could substitute scrambled egg for the tuna – just for her though because everyone else loves tuna. Can’t wait to finally take my crock pot out of the box:) We miss you too! Love your blogs!!!

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Renee–substituting and egg would be a great idea!! I’m glad you like all the suggestions, I have another week to post about too! Glad you like the blog and miss you muchos :)

  5. 9

    Great post!! The funny thing is that these are the types of meals I prepare EVERY night. Nick and I eat very simple meals, which tpyically include (for him) english muffins. He’s obsessed. I love the tuna melts and pizzas on English Muffins, but my favorite quick and healthy meal is stir fry with brown rice.

    BTW, I have tried Better’n PB and while it’s tasty, it’s a rip off! $5 per jar just isn’t worth it to me. I think I would rather stick with smaller amounts of the real stuff. I did a senior research project with it in my college food safety class. I made pb banana muffins with it. So fun.

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    Great job with these! They are all things that my 3 year old loves to eat!


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