19 Simple Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters Will Enjoy This Season

Put an end to mealtime drama with these simple healthy recipes even the pickiest eaters will love. If you’ve been slaving over a hot stove trying to please the picky eaters in your family, these simple healthy recipes are here to help! These meal ideas for might teach you a thing or two on how to get the picky eaters in your life to eat the healthy way. Whip up these simple healthy recipes for picky eaters simply can’t refuse!

Simple Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters Will Say Yes To

1. Spinach And Cheese Savoury Lunchbox Muffins

SpinachMuffins -  healthy recipes for picky eaters

Popeye got us eating spinach but will this trick work with kids today? These spinach muffins just might! Prepare these in 5 minutes, pop them in the oven, and let the delicious aroma fill the air as it cooks for 20 minutes.

2. Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese
Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters

Mac and cheese are undeniably picky eaters’ go-to comfort food. Dry quinoa and brown rice pasta is the secret to this healthy mac and cheese. Slowly incorporate veggies into the recipe. This way, your picky eaters won’t notice what’s going on until they realize they like broccoli after all.

3. Cinnamon And Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

healthy recipes picky eaters  - Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Try a different take on carrot side dishes. It won’t be a surprise if your fussy little ones find it finger-licking good.

4. Cauliflower Pizza Recipe

Cauliflower Pizza Recipe 

Cravings for pizza can be a tough urge to fight. You can indulge with this healthier version. Make this cauliflower pizza recipe from scratch. Your fussy eaters won’t mind the veggies when complemented by all the cheese the dish. With only 6 ingredients, it doesn’t get any simpler than this.

5. Creamy Zucchini Soup

healthy recipes picky eaters
healthy recipes picky eaters

Use homemade yogurt to make this recipe creamy and healthy. Add salt after you turn off the stove. Doing otherwise will make the soup curdle (it’s pretty unsightly). I can see this starter working up your picky eater’s appetite.

6. Cocoa-Kissed Chia Energy Bombs

Cocoa-Kissed Chia Energy Bombs

Perhaps you now know the amazing health benefits of chia seeds. Even kids enjoy the taste of this healthy grain. To make these chia energy bombs, you’ll need more healthy grains in the picture—gluten-free oats and flax seeds. Use unsweetened chocolate then honey to taste. If you’re a vegan, you can use maple syrup as a substitute.

7. Vegetarian Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

healthy recipes picky eaters  _ Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This stuffed spaghetti squash could be the stuff of holiday dinner table legend. Serve up in spaghetti squash halves and enjoy this tasty dish. Spaghetti squash is always a healthy alternative your kids will learn to love.

8. Macaroni Cheese With Secret Cauliflower

Macaroni Cheese With Secret Cauliflower

We can’t get enough of mac and cheese so we have a different version. This time, cauliflower will save the day. Crisp yet moist cauliflower is a nice contrast to tender macaroni and creamy cheese.

9. Baked Beet Chips

Baked Beet Chips | Simple Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters

One’s addiction to salty and crunchy potato chips cannot easily be overcome. Use fresh beets as a substitute. Slice beets thinly, spray with olive oil, season with sea salt, and pop in the oven. Just keep an eye on your beet chips so they don’t burn.

10. Butternut Squash Fritters

 Butternut Squash Fritters
10. Butternut Squash Fritters |

Besides fall leaves, pumpkins are in abundance from fall through to winter. Make some mean butternut squash fritters both kids and grownups can enjoy. Slip some herbs into the mixture to make the fritters not only delicious but also nutritious.

11. Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

Preparing healthy dishes for special occasions isn’t hard and with a recipe like this, why not make them all year round? Who can resist a meatloaf—a favorite among picky eaters? You won’t have to tell them it’s made exclusively of vegetables. They won’t know it’s actually a meatless loaf with savory mushroom gravy.

12. 30-Minute Healthy Taco Casserole

Healthy Taco Casserole

Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to prepare a healthy meal, especially for picky eaters. No one can say no to a taco casserole and this is where you can do your magic. Use super lean grass-fed ground beef. Try to look for healthy alternatives for every ingredient too.

13. Better-For-You Brownies

Better-For-You Brownies | Simple Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters

Brownie lovers, rejoice! Even our favorite snack/dessert/guilty pleasure made it to this post! The secret ingredients to these healthy brownies are superfood spinach and blueberry puree. Wheat germ, a known immune-boosting food ingredient, is also added.

14. Veggie Nuggets

Veggie Nuggets

When your kids ask for something bite-sized, fried, and with a dip on the side, make vegetable nuggets! Shredded carrots and broccoli or cauliflower will turn these bites into healthy comfort food.

15. Easy Cucumber Sushi

Cucumber Sushi

Present this veggie sushi recipe to your picky kids for their after-school snacks. Cucumber sushi is easy to prepare with only 5 ingredients but it won’t look so simple on a neatly arranged platter. A feast for both the eyes and picky palates.

16. Cheesy-Veggie Quinoa Bites

Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters

Poppers or bites, whatever you call them, can be addictive. Eating a couple can turn into a handful in a matter of minutes. Make poppers healthier by slipping chopped vegetables and even mushrooms into the mixture. Add cooked quinoa and eggs to shape them, and enjoy!

17. Butternut Squash Fries

 Butternut Squash Fries

Sorry to disappoint adult picky eaters but butternut squash fries won’t grease and crisp up like your usual fries. They’re interestingly delicious and butternut squash is healthier than potatoes. Baking instead of frying will also take these fries a couple of notches up on the health meter.

18. 4-Ingredient Zucchini Tater Tots

Healthy Recipes Picky Eaters | Ingredient Zucchini Tater Tots

Your kids’ favorite tater tots shouldn’t be complicated. Ditch the eggs and breadcrumbs and stick to these four: zucchini, potatoes, salt, and olive oil. This is how a favorite treat gets healthier and simpler.

19. Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Chickpea Burger

Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Chickpea Burger

Luckily, there are healthy hamburger recipes for picky eaters you can find online. Take this vegan broccoli cheese chickpea burger that boasts a vegan cheese version. It may have a dozen ingredients but you only need throw them all in the processor, mix, shape, and fry—it’s really that simple!

Check this video from My Fussy Eater to see a veggie nuggets recipe in action. Add it to your list of simple healthy recipes picky eaters will love:

As home cooks, we’ve all deat with fussy eaters, from conjuring lunch ideas for picky toddlers to formulating a picky eater diet plan. Now you know you can turn to these delicious and simple healthy recipes picky eaters won’t be able to ignore.

Do you have simple and healthy recipes for the picky eaters in your life? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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