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Welcome to the Danger Zone: Healthy Kids and the Family Dinner Table

Back before you were a parent, you pictured your life with kids. They were rosy cheeked, smiling, happy, cooperative and healthy kids. In your fantasy, the dinner table was where you laughed and shared stories about your day, hung spoons on your nose, played “Mr. Napkin-Head” just like Jude Law does in the movie The Holiday, and your little angels ate their wonderfully and beautifully prepared, and extremely nutritious meal, eagerly and happily.

And then, like the heartless brat it is, reality struck.

In real life, you dread the family dinner table, because the dinner table is where your children whine, complain, and stubbornly refuse to eat anything but macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, which are loaded with chemicals, highly processed, and lacking important nutrients. And you, because you are a good parent and you only want your children to eat so they can grow and thrive, cave in to their simple-yet-disheartening demands, and while you know they should be eating fruits and vegetables, you’re just happy they’re eating at all.

The family table, instead of being a place of peace, has become the danger zone, and every meal has become a war. And, too often it seems, that war yields surrender, and the spoils of that war are vital nutrients that the child misses. That leads to poor health, frequent illness, and, statistically, obesity.

But, there is hope! First, if your dinner table is a battlefield, please read this article: CLICK HERE. That article will help you understand your role in feeding your child and their role in eating what you provide. Second, take a stab at some of our healthy versions of kid-favorites!

Healthy Kid Recipes

90/10 Pizza Dough
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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
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90/10 Approved BBQ Chicken Pizza Dippers
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90/10 Friendly Pizza
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Fish Tacos
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English Muffin Pizzas, Baby Greens Salad
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Chicken Nuggets, 7 Minute Green Beans, Roasted Purple Potatoes
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Oh My Spaghetti Pie, steamed broccoli
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Taco Soup and Broccoli, Cheese, and Bean Quesadilla
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Stuffed Pizza Pie
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Brocco-Taco Pockets
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
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Checkered Grilled Cheese, Roasted Vegetables
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BBQ Chicken Pizza Bubble Bread, Salad
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Beef and Cheese Quesadillas, Bell Pepper Soup
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Super Simple Spaghetti, Side Salad, Whole Wheat Garlic Toast
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Deep Dish Pizza, Side Salad
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Grilled Cheese, Tomato Noodle Soup
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Baked Spaghetti, Side Salad, Olive Garden Copy Cat Breadsticks (optional)
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Beef Tacos
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Fish Sticks, Mini Corn Muffins, Coleslaw
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Slow Cooker Simple Spaghetti
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Snappy Sloppy Joes, Steamed Broccoli
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Turkey Ragù over Whole Wheat Noodles
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Mac-N-Cheese, 7 Minute Green Beans
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Pizza Margherita
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Chicken and Dumplings
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Sausage Pizza Mock Pockets
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Pizza Pot Pie
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3 Ingredient Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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Chili Dogs
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Pizza Grilled Cheese
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Bacon Double Cheeseburger Mac-N-Cheese
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
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Pizza Pinwheels
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Spaghetti Bolognese
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Baked Spaghetti, Side Salad, Olive Garden Copy Cat Breadsticks (optional)
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole
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Pizza Quiche
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Cheeseburger Wraps
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Tipsy Turkey Tacos
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Greek Spaghetti
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Chicken and Waffles
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1-2-3 Eat! Roasted “Trees”
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Sweet Potato Spring Rolls
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Whole Wheat Popovers
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Quick Ginger Zoodles
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Tuna Noodle Casserole
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Taco Soup
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Steakhouse Steak with Homemade Steak Sauce
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4 Comments

  1. Hayley says:

    These look like some great recipes! Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Michelle says:

    My dinner table sadly IS a battlefield most of the time, but I have learned to modify some items so that they have no idea they it’s “healthy” 🙂 🙂

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