Many of us remember our favourite recipe from time spent at their grandparents house. Whether it’s a traditional recipe, a simple snack, or a family meal that a grandparent makes, the food we enjoy as kids remains with us as a vivid memory. Time with your grandkids is special, and food is an important part of the memories you’ll make together. In this article we’ll be exploring fun, healthy recipes that your grandkids will love. All of the recipes shared here are easy to make, so the grandkids can join you in the kitchen and enjoy creating their own versions of these accessible meal ideas. Even a five-year-old can be an effective sous-chef for grandparents with these fun, accessible meal ideas to share with the whole family. Food is a great source of connection for grandparents and grandkids, and these ideas will help make mealtime the best part of your day together.
10 healthy recipes grandkids will love
We all know how fun it is to spoil the grandkids with treats that mom and dad won’t let them have, but why not feed them something delicious and healthy? You’ll get to enjoy a meal with them that offers nutritional benefits for you both, along with a chance to bond and connect.
Fun fajita bowls
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Try this recipe for a Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl that’s delicious and nutritious. The best thing about a meal in a bowl is how easy it is to make it your own. Brown rice or quinoa is a great base for a bowl. Next, choose your toppings. Try fried zucchini, broccolini, tomatoes, onions, peppers, beans, or avocado. Protein helps make this a filling meal, so choose chicken, fish, or tempeh and have fun seasoning your bowl. Add in some cilantro, parsley, or dill to teach your grandkids about herbs and spices. Consider spreading all the toppings out on the counter in separate bowls so that your grandkids can make and decorate their own bowls. They’re more likely to enjoy eating veggies if they get to choose the ones that they like the best.
Ants on a log
The recipe for ants on a log is simple and a classic. You just need celery, raisins, and your choice of nut butter. Ask your grandchildren how many ants they want on their log and practice counting as you both enjoy the snack. Try adding little granola pieces for an added crunch.
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Have you ever tried making your own noodles? Even if you’re a skilled pasta cook, you might be intimidated at the thought of making pasta from scratch. Well, you might be surprised to learn that making a pasta like gnocchi can be incredibly simple, with only a few ingredients needed. Making your own noodles can be a fun activity to share with the grandkids. Start with this recipe for potato-based ricotta gnocchi and fry up some vegetables on the side to add nutrition to the final dish.
It’s almost a given that your grandchildren love eating pizza. We’re guessing you do too! This recipe for cauliflower-crust pizza allows for a gluten-free pizza that’s almost entirely made of vegetables. Include the kids in the process by letting them choose their favourite toppings ahead of time. You can also purchase cauliflower crust that’s ready-made if you’re tight on time. It’s surprisingly easy to make a pizza with your own homemade sauce and fresh toppings.
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The best recipes for grandkids give you a chance to connect while you’re making a meal. Try this recipe for kid-friendly baked potatoes topped with vegetables, sour cream, chives, and other delicious toppings. Encourage the grandkids to get creative, and try swapping potatoes for sweet potatoes or yams for a bit of variation and even more nutritional value. Include turkey bacon for protein and broccoli for some extra vitamins.
Introduce a family recipe
If you grew up eating a dish that your parents taught you to make, share the stories and the experience with your grandkids as well! Whether your family recipe is a cozy bowl of chicken noodle soup, a lasagna, or a special sandwich you always loved to eat, teach your grandkids about their ancestry through your love of cooking.
Breakfast for dinner
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It’s fun to get playful when the grandkids are over, and eating breakfast for dinner can feel like breaking the rules. Let the kids help whisk the perfect scrambled eggs, explore a pancake recipe that’s actually healthy, or sneak in some vegetables with a tasty omelette. Here’s an important disclaimer, though; you might have to remind them it’s time for bed afterwards!
The key to getting kids to enjoy fruits and vegetables is to offer them variety. A colourful bowl of fruit is a lot more appealing than a lonely slice of apple. Explore fun fruit salad recipes like honey and lime fruit salad or a winter version that allows for canned fruit.
- Try cutting up pears, apples, mangos, pineapple, strawberries and throw in some raspberries and blueberries too.
- Looking for a fun twist on a granola breakfast? Try making granola banana splits where the fruit salad is sprinkled on top of a banana and delicious yogurt.
- Squeeze a bit of lemon on the fruit salad so it won’t brown.
- Let the grandkids know the fruit is in the fridge whenever they want it for a healthy snack.
- If you find yourself with a lone apple or pear, cut it up and serve it with peanut butter or a slice of cheese to keep things interesting.
- If your grandkids are hesitant to eat the fruit alone, make fruit skewers with a cream cheese dip.
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It’s nice to have a frozen treat after playing in the yard or enjoying a lively game of hide and seek. MPopsicles are a great way to keep kids hydrated and it’s easy to add variation with different flavours. Try making creamsicles by adding coconut milk or yogurt, or enjoy frozen pineapple and kiwi. You can involve your grandkids in the popsicle creation process by letting them choose the fruit they want to include.
Eating toast soldiers brings up feelings of nostalgia for a lot of people because it’s such a childhood classic. Toast whole wheat or sourdough bread and butter it on both sides before cutting it into strips. Use this recipe for the perfect soft boiled egg and lightly salt the toast soldiers. Yum! Ready for dipping and you’re set up for the perfect breakfast with the grandkids.
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