Kids can be frustratingly fussy at dinnertime. Our advice? Get them involved in the kitchen – this will give them an element of control when it comes to what ends up on their plates, and should generally help boost their interest in food.
Who knows, you might even be able to sneak an extra portion of veg past them…
We’ve compiled some of our favourite weeknight dinners that are fun to make with kids, and super tasty too!
chicken and mixed pepper fajitas
Kids love fajitas because of the 'build it yourself', laid-back vibe. Enlist their help to smash up those avocados and bring all the different components of this tasty dish together – warm, soft wraps, spicy chicken, crunchy coleslaw and creamy avocado. Delicious!
Baked spaghetti pie with peppers and courgette
A different take on a family pasta bake, this baked spaghetti pie with peppers and courgette is jam-packed with veg. Plus, this winning Mediterranean-style dish is all the more gratifying because of how speedily it comes together – simply fry the onion, courgette and peppers, add the tomatoes, and toss in the cooked pasta. Get little chefs to place the mozzarella on top of the bake, and then make sure you pop it into the oven until the cheese is melting.
Peanut satay noodles
A stir fry is always a winner and these peanut satay noodles are no exception. Think: tender noodles and crunchy veg in a creamy, nutty sauce. Does it get much better than that? Little hands can toss everything all together, serve up and sprinkle over the sesame seeds.
LEAN turkey meatballs
We can't imagine many kids turning up their noses at a dinner of these utterly delicious and tomato-infused meatballs! We've given our meatballs a healthier spin by using lean turkey mince instead of beef, which is a great way to reduce fat in this dish without sacrificing on flavour. Serve up with funky pasta shapes for the kids, or spaghetti (for the big kids).
Beef, squash and sweet potato tagine
This fragrant, Moroccan-style tagine is ideal for little cooks because there are just 5 simple steps. Let the kids watch as you heat some oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 mins until starting to soften. Throw in the spices, then add the beef, squash, basil, tomatoes and stock cube with water and leave to simmer away before adding the sweet potato. Serve up with cous cous and prepare to see empty plates all round!
Sticky sesame prawns with lime & coriander rice
How appetising does this meal of sticky sesame prawns with lime and coriander rice look! Aromatic ginger and juicy king prawns make for a dish full of bold flavours and colour. Get the kids to lay out some chopsticks and prepare to tuck in. Yes, please!
Honey mustard sausage rice
With a prep time of 5 minutes and a cooking time of 20 minutes, this honey mustard sausage and rice dish is ideal for tasty food made easy. Including sticky, spicy bangers with ready-prepped rice and easy veg, this is a dish is a treat for the eyes and stomach!
Pepper and cherry tomato gnocchi
Who doesn't love gnocchi? Especially our pepper and cherry tomato gnocchi which is made from a speedy sauce of sweet peppers and two types of juicy tomatoes. This delicious easy-to-make classic Italian dish will have everyone coming back for seconds. Just make sure any hot hobs, like from boiling the gnocchi and frying all the mixture together, are done by a grown-up.