Kid-friendly recipes: School holiday dinners that children will love

By Apr 5, 2021 Recipes

Looking for kid-friendly recipes to try over the school break? With the holidays in full swing and many UAE families still facing restrictions on travel to their favourite vacation spot, there’s no better time to get the kids in the kitchen to try new flavours and get involved with prepping family classics. 

Here’s a selection of kid-friendly recipes for you to try this week, but we’d love to hear your family’s favourites. Reach out to us on Instagram with your little one’s top picks!

Mac ‘N Four Cheese Pasta Bake with Crudités

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Gooey, cheesy pasta complete with crunchy veggie crudites – does it get more kid-friendly than this? 

Get the recipe here.

Classic Spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan

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Spaghetti bolognese is the ultimate classic family meal. Don’t forget to check out our tip for browning your minced beef for that added crisp!

Get the recipe here.

Fish Fingers, Chips & Peas

Why have frozen fish fingers when homemade ones taste this good? This is a great recipe for the kids to get involved in, too. Set up a production line to batter the fish goujons for a fun family activity during the holidays.

Get the recipe here.

Halloumi Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Cream

This recipe was hailed the top family-friendly recipe of 2020, and for good reason! Tacos are a great dish for the kids to enjoy as everyone can get involved with building their own dinner. This one is a particular favourite thanks to it’s combination of salty halloumi and sweet pineapple – a true match made in heaven.

Get the recipe here.

Classic Cheese Burger with Potato Wedges

Take a little time out during the school holidays and get the kids involved in the patty making for this delicious family favourite. We provide all the classic burger toppings, but there’s always room for them to add their own!

Get the recipe here.

Swedish Meatballs with Peas, Mash and Pickled Cucumber

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This dish is one of our all-time favourite family recipes, which the kids are bound to love. They can even get stuck into the meatball making…

Get the recipe here.

Fancy cooking our Swedish Meatballs with the kids? Watch below as Olivia is joined by Aino and Ryan in the kitchen to prepare this family favourite.

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes with Grated Carrot Salad

We’d advise using knifes and forks when it comes to enjoying this tex-mex dish, and aprons are certainly recommended! If you’re cooking for little ones, go easy on the taco seasoning as it can be quite spicy. Replicate the tex-mex flavours with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and cumin powder to omit the heat.

Get the recipe here.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

A fool-proof family favourite! We love how easy this creamy chicken pasta is to make and it’s great for bringing a touch of indulgence to your midweek meals. The little ones are bound to love it, too.

Get the recipe here. 

Cottage Pie, Beef and Mashed Potato Casserole

This British classic has comfort food written all over it. Not only is it a guaranteed winner with the whole family, but its rich beef sauce is a great place to hide veggies from the little ones. We’ve added carrot, onion and peas to ours.

Get the recipe here.

Cheesy Chicken and Gnocchi Bake with Green Beans

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Who knew traybakes could taste this good?! This indulgent chicken bake is a real treat, and can be on the table in just 30 minutes. For a kid-friendly twist, swap the gruyere for cheddar cheese. 

Get the recipe here. 

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you’d like to read more about our recipes? Got a pasta fan in the family? Try some of these kid-friendly pasta recipes – they’re bound to be a winner with the little ones!