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19 Recipes for Kids Who Are Picky Eaters

Running out of meal ideas to serve to your picky eaters? Here are some recipes for your kids that will satisfy any picky eater's preferences.

Do you have a picky eater on your hands? Never fear! We have numerous recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest of appetites. From chicken fingers to grilled cheese, here are some recipes for kids that will even have your picky eaters excited for dinner.


Oven-baked chicken fingers with chipotle-honey mustard

Gluten-free chicken fingers with chipotle honey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken fingers are the epitome of picky eater food! Most picky eaters can stomach a plate of chicken fingers, so make your own version of them at home with this easy recipe. If your picky eater likes dipping sauce, you could also make this chipotle honey mustard for dipping.

Get our recipe for Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers With Chipotle-Honey Mustard.


Mac and cheese

Copycat Cracker Barrel mac and cheese in a skillet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Another easy picky eater food is a plate of mac and cheese! Skip the boxed mac and make your own version of it with this easy-to-make homemade mac and cheese recipe.

Get our recipe for Mac and Cheese.


Crock-pot Italian meatballs

Crock pot Italian meatballs with spaghetti
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Give that plate of pasta a boost of protein with some easy Italian meatballs! You can even prep and freeze this crock-pot recipe for busy weeknights.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Italian Meatballs.


Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Vegetarian grilled cheese and tomato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Add in some hidden veggies with this easy grilled cheese recipe! Serve it with tomato soup for dipping to round out this meal.

Get our recipe for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.


Peanut butter toast with berries

peanut butter strawberry chocolate chip toast on grey plate and marble counter
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Amp up that slice of peanut butter toast by topping with fresh strawberries! Sprinkle on some chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness to this easy morning toast.

Get even more toast ideas with our 15 Toast Recipe Ideas That Go Beyond Basic Avocado.


Turkey bolognese with fettuccine

Low-calorie bolognese fettuccine turkey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If your picky eater loves pasta and red sauce, just find ways to serve it to them in different variations! This easy bolognese is made with ground turkey, but can easily be made with ground beef if that's what your picky eater prefers.

Get our recipe for Turkey Bolognese With Fettuccine.


Beef tacos

beef taco recipe
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Ground beef is an easy protein to serve to picky eaters, especially when it's cooked up for some homemade tacos! These beef tacos can be made with all sorts of toppings for an extra veggie boost.

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Get our recipe for Beef Tacos.


Fettuccine alfredo

Healthy fettuccine alfredo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another easy pasta recipe! This fettuccine alfredo will satisfy your picky eater's stomach. For some extra protein, throw in grilled chicken.

Get our recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo.


Southern-style biscuits

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Biscuits are easy to serve picky eaters, but you can boost up this meal by using these biscuits for mini sandwiches or sliders! Prep up some cheeseburgers or chicken and serve mini biscuit sandwiches for an easy dinner that picky eaters will love.

Get our recipe for Southern-Style Biscuits.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.


Baked fish and chips

Low-calorie fish & chips
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If your kid loves crispy fish, why not make it at home as well? This baked fish and chips recipe is easy to make at home—no deep fryer necessary!

Get our recipe for Baked Fish and Chips.


Crispy quesadillas with guacamole

Healthy crispy quesadillas with guacamole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Whether your picky eater likes veggies in their quesadilla, or they would rather it plain, this recipe is perfect for your kid! Make some guacamole for dipping on the side to round out this meal.

Get our recipe for Crispy Quesadillas With Guacamole.


Oven-fried chicken

Paleo oven fried chicken
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another oven-fried chicken recipe, but this time, it's made with chicken legs! Serve this chicken with some fresh cut vegetables or soup for a filling meal.

Get our recipe for The Crispiest Oven-Fried Chicken.


Oven-baked french fries

Vegan crispy oven-baked fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Did you know that potatoes are considered the most filling food? That's right! Fill up your picky eater's stomach with a plate of oven-baked french fries!

Get our recipe for Oven-Baked French Fries.


Baked potato soup

Healthy baked potato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

That's right, soup can be a meal! While this baked potato soup is tasty, the flavors are plain enough for a picky eater to enjoy.

Get our recipe for Baked Potato Soup.


Honey-mustard glazed salmon

Low-calorie honey-mustard salmon with roasted asparagus
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Most picky eaters try to avoid eating "fishy" fish, which is why serving approachable fish—like salmon—is your best bet. This salmon recipe is cooked with a honey-mustard glaze to give it a touch of sweetness.

Get our recipe for Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon.


Plant-based whole-grain pancakes

whole grain plant based pancake stack
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Breakfast for dinner? Why not! These pancakes are packed with extra protein for a filling meal that picky eaters will love.

Get our recipe for Plant-Based Whole Grain Pancakes.


Sweet potato fries

Vegan sweet potato fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Can sweet potato fries be considered a meal? Why not! Fill up on these sweet potato fries for an easy after school snack for your kids.

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Fries.


Breakfast burrito

Healthy breakfast burritos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

While this breakfast burrito is filled with all sorts of delicious ingredients, you can keep it simple for your picky eater based on their specific needs.

Get our recipe for Breakfast Burrito.


Swedish meatballs

Paleo swedish meatballs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Whether it be an appetizer for the family or a meal you serve over some egg noodles, these sweet Sweedish meatballs will satisfy any picky eater that has a bit of a sweet tooth.

Get our recipe for Swedish Meatballs.

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