Top 10 Recipes for Picky Eaters

Kids Who Are Picky Eaters Will Love These Healthy Recipes

Coping with picky eaters in your house? These ten recipes for picky eaters are not only healthy, they're proven to tempt even the most resistant palates.

I use some of my favorite strategies for coping with picky eaters in developing these recipes, from changing the texture of vegetables to make them taste good to kids to pairing vegetables with foods kids already like.

  • 01 of 10

    Strawberry Smoothies

    Strawberry breakfast smoothie

    The Spruce

    Recipes for picky eaters should appeal to their natural palates, and this strawberry smoothie does. It's sweet, icy and refreshing. Even better: It's teeming with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and calcium. Now that's a healthy recipe for picky eaters!

  • 02 of 10

    Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar

    Recipes for Picky Eaters - Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar
    Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar. Stephanie Gallagher

    Kids who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate in school, less likely to fill up on junk food later in the day. This oatmeal recipe is perfect for picky eaters, because it's topped with sweet bananas, crunchy (and heart-healthy) walnuts, chewy dried cranberries and brown sugar.

  • 03 of 10

    Yogurt Fruit Parfait

    Recipes for Picky Eaters
    Yogurt Fruit Parfait. Stephanie Gallagher

    Sometimes it's easier to get picky eaters to eat fruit than vegetables. This recipe for picky eaters is made with Greek yogurt, berries and granola for a sweet treat that's full of vitamins, protein and minerals, too.

  • 04 of 10

    Baked Cod Recipe

    Baked cod with cornflake crust

    The Spruce

    Fish is wonderfully healthy, and this baked cod has all the crunch and flavor picky eaters crave. Even better: This is one of those recipes for picky eaters that is refreshingly easy to prepare.

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  • 05 of 10

    Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

    Chicken stir fry
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    Stir fry is one of those great recipe techniques to use for picky eaters, because the vegetables take on a sweet-salty flavor when stir-fried in a teriyaki sauce. Sugar snap peas and carrots combine with chicken in this one-dish meal that's an ideal recipe for picky eaters.

  • 06 of 10

    Baked Spaghetti Recipe

    Baked spaghetti
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    Even though I'm not a huge fan of sneaking vegetables into kids' food, this is one of those recipes for picky eaters that does include a hidden vegetable. Tell the picky eaters it's there; don't tell them. It doesn't matter. The pureed butternut squash just lends a sweetness to this recipe that is really quite delicious.

  • 07 of 10

    Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe

    Recipes for Picky Eaters - Brussels Sprouts
    Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe. Stephanie Gallagher

    This is one of those recipes for picky eaters that will amaze you. Not only does frying make these Brussels sprouts crispy as French fries, it's also pretty healthy, too. That's because Brussels sprouts are loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, and only a small amount of fat is retained on the vegetables when eaten.

  • 08 of 10

    Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

    Recipes for Picky Eaters - Broccoli Mashed Potatoes
    Broccoli Mashed Potatoes. Stephanie Gallagher

    Toss broccoli with potatoes, butter, milk, salt and pepper, and what's not to like? This broccoli mashed potatoes recipe is always a favorite recipe for picky eaters.

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  • 09 of 10

    Oven Fried Zucchini Recipe

    Oven fried zucchini

    The Spruce

    Panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese give this recipe for picky eaters a crisp coating that makes it really appealing to kids who are just developing their palates.

  • 10 of 10

    Crispy Kale

    Crispy kale
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    Never tried kale before? Think you don't like it? Try this recipe for picky eaters, and you'll soon become a kale convert. The first time I made this, my 10-year-old gobbled up the whole batch! There wasn't even a piece left for anyone else.

    The secret is making sure the kale is crispy before you take it out of the oven. Be sure to put the baking tray on the lowest rack in the oven, so you can roast the kale without burning it. Check it often, and don't take it out until it is truly crispy.