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Healthy Winter Recipes Kids Will Love

Written by Lisa

Winter in Perth brings cooler days, perfect for warming meals that comfort and nourish. As a parent, finding recipes that are both healthy and kid-friendly can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we’ve curated a list of delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-make winter recipes that your children will love. These meals are designed to keep your little ones warm and satisfied while ensuring they get the essential nutrients they need. Let's dive in!

1. Banana and Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

These banana and blueberry muffins are a fantastic snack or breakfast option, providing natural sweetness and plenty of antioxidants.

2. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Olive oil for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Bake the sweet potatoes until tender, about 45 minutes. Let them cool slightly, then peel and mash.
  2. In a bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, black beans, cumin, and paprika.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet, spread some sweet potato mixture on half of it, sprinkle with cheese, and fold the tortilla over.
  4. Cook until the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

These quesadillas are a hit with kids, offering a delightful combination of sweet and savoury flavours while being rich in fibre and protein.

3. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk (or a milk alternative)
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • A handful of raisins (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, milk, apple, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the oats are tender and the mixture has thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in honey or maple syrup and raisins, if using.
  4. Serve warm, topped with additional apple slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

This apple cinnamon oatmeal is a nutritious and warming breakfast option that provides a great start to your child’s day with whole grains and fresh fruit.

4. Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 broccoli head, cut into florets
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cooked brown rice for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the remaining olive oil. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and carrot. Cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic. Pour over the vegetables and add the chicken back to the pan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring to combine.
  4. Serve over cooked brown rice.

This chicken and veggie stir-fry is a quick and balanced meal, full of protein and colourful vegetables that are sure to appeal to kids.

5. Hearty Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pasta (small shapes like ditalini or orzo)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until translucent.
  2. Add carrots, celery, and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

This hearty vegetable soup is packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a perfect meal to boost your child’s immune system during the cold months.

Conclusion

Winter meals can be both comforting and healthy, ensuring your kids stay warm and well-nourished. These recipes are easy to prepare, kid-approved, and packed with nutrients. Give them a try and enjoy the smiles around the dinner table as your children savour these delicious dishes. Happy cooking!

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