Children aren’t famous for having the most adventurous palates, or for caring much about the nutritional value of their meals – which is where, of course, you step in. If you have yet to introduce your little one to your favorite gluten-free ancient grain, try starting with one of these kid-approved quinoa recipes, sure to tempt even the pickiest eaters.
Quinoa Pizza Bites, Fit and Frugal for Ancient Harvest
What kid doesn’t love pizza, right? And while these snack-sized slices may look anything but healthy, they’re actually packed with nutritious ingredients like flaxmeal and Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Flour. Add your child’s favorite pizza toppings, and you’ve got a great meal the whole family will enjoy.
Baked Turkey, Quinoa & Zucchini Meatballs, Cookin’ Canuck
Another crowd-pleaser, meatballs are easy to customize – and easy to sneak nutritious ingredients into. These have hearty quinoa and grated zucchini, and are lightened up a bit by the use of ground turkey. Serve in lettuce wraps or over gluten-free Ancient Harvest Supergrain Pasta.
Quinoa Fritters, Wendy Polisi
Here, quinoa and cheese (or dairy-free cheese) stand in for meat to create a delicious, plant-based nugget that pairs perfectly with your favorite dipping sauce. The recipe also includes recommendations for mix-ins (chopped onion, kale or spinach, curry powder) that turn these kid-friendly treats into a more “adult” meal.
Jalapeño Bacon Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese, Fit Foodie Finds for Ancient Harvest
A super-easy way to get your kids to love quinoa is by swapping it for the “mac” part of mac and cheese. The gluten-free ancient grain provides a great texture that holds up well to a creamy cheese sauce, bacon, veggies and whatever else you’d like to add. If the kids don’t like too much spice, simply leave out the jalapeños.
Peanut Butter Quinoa Crackers & Homemade Nutella Sandwiches, Simply Quinoa for Ancient Harvest (pictured)
The sweet and creamy combination of chocolate and nut butter is an easy sell, and these gluten-free sandwich cookies likely won’t last long. We recommend making extra crackers (made with almond flour, oat flour and Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes) to be used for other snacks throughout the week as well.
Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars, Super Healthy Kids
The ultimate grab-and-go breakfast or snack, granola bars are a part of so many kids’ daily diets. The quinoa and nuts in these offer an energizing dose of plant-based protein, while coconut, dried fruit and honey add sweetness.