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6 Family-Friendly Summertime Suppers

At PetiteBeautyKids, we love talking about food! It’s a bonus when it’s about healthy, quick, and easy meals the whole family can enjoy. The summer is a time for vibrant foods that don’t weigh us down too much on those hot days, so we’re bringing you a load of our favorite family-friendly meals to enjoy during these last couple months of summer that everyone will be sure to love. You can even get the kids involved, making it a fun recipe to make together.

Butternut Squash Spaghetti Bake

(Source: https://dearcrissy.com/butternut-squash-spaghetti-bake/)

The last couple of years has seen a surge in people substituting carbs like pasta and spaghetti with delicious vegetables instead. Pasta can feel heavy in our tummies, especially when it’s loaded with sauce and cheese, an unwelcomed feeling in the summer. Use a vegetable alternative, like in this Butternut Square Spaghetti Bake recipe by Dear Crissy (https://dearcrissy.com/butternut-squash-spaghetti-bake/), is a fantastic idea! There’s a good chance your kids may not even notice the difference (or like mine, think it’s even tastier than pasta!)

Make-Your-Own Pizzas

(Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rainbow-pizzas)

Tempted to order a pizza for delivery? Where is the fun in that?! Next time you fancy a pizza, consider making your own instead. Not only is it a lot more fun, but it is healthier and so much cheaper too. Simply start with a pizza base and let the imagination run free with your favorite toppings or trying something new. Some inspiration can be found here from BBC Good Food (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rainbow-pizzas) for a delicious and healthy dinner that everyone can get involved with.

Mini Bow Tie Pasta Salad

(Photo: Jennifer Causey, Styling: Claire Spollen, http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mini-bow-ties-bacon-peas)

A light pasta salad can be refreshing in the summer, and we love this take on one from My Recipes (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mini-bow-ties-bacon-peas). They chose to use peas, carrots, and pieces of bacon. The strong flavor of the bacon can help mask the peas and carrots, ideal for your picky eaters. Pasta salad is so versatile too. You can literally add anything you want, so let the kids get involved by choosing their favorite vegetables to put in.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

(Source: https://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-turkey-sloppy-joes/)

Sloppy Joes are a summer staple for many! They are easy to make and taste great. However, instead of buying a pack of ground beef and a can of sloppy joe mix, make your own for a healthier version. This recipe from Super Healthy Kids (https://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-turkey-sloppy-joes/) uses turkey as an alternative, along with some added vegetables.

Peas and Carrots Alphabet Soup

(Source: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/peas-carrots-alphabet-soup)

Alphabet soup is always a big hit with the young ones. It gets my picky eater more interested in the food as he spells out words, then eats them! Like this recipe from Real Simple (https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/peas-carrots-alphabet-soup), I throw in peas and other vegetables into the mix for some extra nutrients and color! My kids don’t seem to mind – they’re too focused on the letters!

“Instant” Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

(Source: https://twohealthykitchens.com/instant-peanut-butter-banana-ice-cream-just-5-minutes-and-5-ingredients/)

We always have to end our dinner lists with a little dessert to be enjoyed for after, and we thought this “instant” banana and peanut butter ice cream from Two Healthy Kitchens (https://twohealthykitchens.com/instant-peanut-butter-banana-ice-cream-just-5-minutes-and-5-ingredients/) was just perfect. Simply blend frozen bananas with peanut butter and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. You and your kids will love it (and it’s a bonus that they won’t realize how much healthier it is!) It’s the perfect alternative to ice cream as a way to cool down this summer!

Which one of these dishes will you be trying this summer? Do you have any of your own summertime favorites? Let us know! We’d love to hear about it!


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