17th November 2016

How to make food your kid might actually eat

Feeding your kids. Getting them to actually eat it. This is the is one of the things that lots of us parents struggle with, says Amy Ransom. The more kids you have, the harder it sometimes seems, as you pander to everyone’s fussy needs. Let me be clear. I’m no Gordon Ramsay. I’m much handier with a pack of peas than I am an artichoke but, three kids in, I’ve managed to hobble together a few meals that ALL my kids will eat. What’s more, they can all be prepared in 10 mins with basic ingredients. Here they are:

Popeye pasta

Sauce makes 4 portions and is freezable

My kids love this. It’s incredibly green, which goes against everything we’re told kids love. Maybe it’s the name, I don’t know. But they wolf it down and always ask for more. You can add chicken or tuna as a variation.


1 bag spinach

Knob butter

Tablespoon soft cheese

Splash milk

50-75g of pasta (per child)

Cook the pasta. Melt the butter in another pan, stir in the spinach until wilted (you can use frozen spinach, cooked and drained). Add the soft cheese, splash of milk and combine. Take off the heat and puree with a hand blender. Stir into the pasta and serve!

Egg fried rice

Serves 1

All store cupboard ingredients but has lots of nutrients and is dead easy to make.


50g rice

Good handful of peas

1 egg

Splash of olive oil

Cook the rice according to the instructions. 5 minutes from the end, add the peas. Drain. Put back on a medium heat and make a well in the centre. Heat the olive oil and add the egg. Slowly beat the egg incorporating the rice and peas as you do so. Cook until the egg has set and the rice/peas are coated.

Meatball pasta

Serves 1

A great way to get tomatoes into your child! Mine won’t eat them raw and are even fussy about a tin of chopped tomatoes but passata, they LOVE.


50-75g pasta

4 small meatballs (shop bought or from two sausages, removed from skin and rolled into balls)

¼ carton passata

Grated cheese

Cook the pasta. Meanwhile, fry the meatballs until brown on all sides. Add the passata and cook for 8-10 minutes, checking they’re cooked through before serving. Add to the drained pasta and serve with grated cheese.

Pepperoni pizzas

Serves 1

A healthy alternative to shop bought pizzas. My kids love assembling their own. You can add anything to these. Mushrooms. Sweetcorn. Olives.


One wrap

¼ carton passata

Four discs of pepperoni

Chopped red pepper (optional)

Grated cheese

Spread the passata over the wrap. Add the pepperoni and any additional ingredients. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Warm through in the oven for 5-7 minutes at 180c until the cheese bubbles.


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