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Family-Friendly Spring Time Meals

Winter is on its way out, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome in the spring after what seems like a very long, very cold season. With it comes more chances to be outside, more activities, and different things to try, including food. You’ve been enjoying winter warmers, now try something a bit lighter and perfect for the sunnier, warmer days ahead. Here are some delicious family-friendly nutritious recipes that kids will love!

Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

This dish takes a classic and twists it into something refreshing and tasty for spring. This recipe uses ground turkey instead of beef, covered in sautéed mushrooms and ooey-gooey Swiss cheese. For an extra boost of vitamins and minerals, throw on some wilted kale on top. Check out the recipes from Cooking Light: http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/turkey-swiss-sloppy-joes.

Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables

It’s time to try all those amazing vegetables now coming into season! Baby potatoes, radishes, and carrots are just a few great choices this time of year. Kids will love the colorful rainbow of veggies on the plate. Pair them up with an easy to make roast chicken. Follow your own recipe or use this one to inspire you: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/roast-chicken-with-spring-vegetables-recipe-2118832

Fajitas

Fajitas are totally adaptable to any palette, which makes them a favorite for parents! Even the pickiest eaters can enjoy fajitas, as the “make your own” aspect helps encourage their appetite. Simply toss some chicken or beef strips in a spice mixture to your family’s liking (we recommended mild chili, cumin, and paprika for some flavor that isn’t overpowering) and cook in a frying pan with a bit of oil. Slice up some green and red bell peppers as well as an onion and also sauté them in the pan until onion starts to turn translucent. Serve with warm tortillas. The best part is everyone can make their own and add what they like. Don’t forget the sour cream! Try this recipe if you need some guidance: http://cookcleancraft.com/2013/02/chicken-fajitas-recipe/

Garden Pasta

Instead of a heavy beef and Bolognese dish which is so nice in the winter go for a lighter pasta option for the spring. A Garden Pasta is a brightly colored kid-approved dinner choice that can be adapted in any way your family likes. This Garden Pasta recipe https://www.cookiesandclogs.com/easy-garden-pasta-recipe/ uses zucchini and mushrooms tossed with tri-colored pasta spirals drizzled with a bit of olive oil (and don’t forget the parmesan cheese on top!)

Chicken Noodle Casserole

This is a kids’ favorite and one that is easy to put together. Just mix cooked chicken, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream for a creamy, delicious dinner. Throw in some peas as well! Use this recipe for ingredients and method: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/11864/chicken-noodle-casserole-i/?internalSource=streams&referringId=453&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=st_trending_b.

Alternatively, you can use a tuna and cheese variant for a tuna noodle casserole, like the one found here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/16964/quick-and-easy-tuna-casserole/.

Turkey Tetrazzini

This is certainly not the same stuff you were served in school! Here is a creamy turkey tetrazzini your kids are sure to love: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/creamy-turkey-tetrazzini-57505. You can use leftover turkey (or even chicken.)

Stuffed Peppers

Kids love this dish since the bowl is edible! Chop off the tops of bell peppers and deseed them. Cook up some ground beef or even use Italian sausage meat for added flavor. Ground turkey makes a healthier alternative too! Once browned then throw in a can of diced tomatoes. Mix in some cooked white rice and fill the bell peppers with this mixture, stand them up in a casserole dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. This is a super easy recipe to follow: https://feastandfarm.com/classic-stuffed-peppers/.

Carrot Cake

We’re finishing off our list with a tasty dessert! While carrot cake isn’t exactly the healthiest choice, a little treat is okay, and we think nothing says “springtime!” more than carrot cake! You can often adjust the sugar content to your preference too. Check out this recipe for a wonderful homemade carrot cake: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/25753/carrot-cake-recipe/.

Have a picky eater in the family? A lot of us have been there! Check out our blog on picky eating here for some ideas on how to encourage your child to try new things.

What are your favorite springtime recipes? Let us know in the comments or on our social media pages.

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