Child-friendly recipes for your home-grown fruit and vegetables

A child cooking using child-friendly recipes

We hope that you’ve had fun using our Farm Together infographic to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Now, you’ll need some child-friendly recipes to make the most of your fresh ingredients when they’re ready to harvest!

The aim of the infographic is not only to help educate children on growing their own produce, but help to encourage healthier eating habits. These child-friendly recipes are a perfect way to help little ones get their 5-a-day.

Pizzas

Vegetable Pizzas!

These are so easy to make that even little hands can get involved making their own. To mix it up, you can use puff pastry or wraps as a base for a lighter bite to eat.

Pizzas are so versatile, you can tailor them to your own child’s preferences and get them eating their 5-a-day. Super Healthy Kids has a great selection of pizza recipes using vegetables as the main topping or if they’re still quite fussy, try My Kids Lick the Bowl blogs’ hidden veggie recipe.

Ratatouille

Not only is it the name of one of our favourite films, but it’s also the name of a delicious traditional French dish. You’ll be using courgettes, tomatoes and onions from your garden for this recipe, along with flavour enhancing herbs like garlic.

Jamie Oliver’s classic ratatouille recipe is chock-full of vitamins and minerals and is a quick and easy dish for midweek cooking.

Pea and broccoli soup

Pea and Brocolli soup

Photo credit: Eats Amazing 

Trying to get smaller children to eat green food seems to be a challenge, but if they help grow the ingredients and make it from scratch, you may just win them over.

With the right additions, this can be a really tasty dish that is packed with a healthy hit of vitamins. EatsAmazing has a lovely blog post and recipe to use.

Broccoli cheese bites

Brocolli cheese bites

Photo credit: Mummy Pages

These make a super healthy snack for kids, or as a side dish to a meal. Covering most things in cheese works in getting more vegetables into our youngsters, and this recipe is no different.

Take a look at Mummypages recipe. It’s quick and easy to do, so ideal for fast food.

Sweetcorn and courgette fritters

Sweetcorn and courgette fritters

Photo credit: BBC Good Food 

Making vegetables into something like fritters is a great way of hiding veg for those who don’t like to see it on their plate, even if they helped to grow it!

This is another quick and easy dish for your children to get stuck in and help with. We particularly like the BBC Good Food recipe — the addition of a poached egg will add a little protein to the meal too!

Chips

Chips are a firm favourite in most families and your little farmer will feel pretty proud of themselves once they’ve made their own at home. We picked a recipe for twice cooked chips from The Spruce Eats because of their fluffy interior and nice, crisp exterior. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you might think!

Carrot crisps

Lovely orange carrot crisps

Photo credit: Super Healthy Kids

This recipe from Super Healthy Kids couldn’t be simpler, but it’s such a great way to prepare carrots for someone who doesn’t like them raw or cooked! And because the method is so straightforward, there’s very little a child can’t do, so they’ll feel like they did everything all by themselves – and we know how much kids (and adults) love that feeling!

Strawberry ice lollies

Strawberry ice lollies looking tasty!

Photo credit: Actually Mummy

This fantastic recipe for strawberry ice lollies from Actually Mummy will turn your delicious homegrown strawberries into a cool, sweet treat for when it’s hot. Although, you’ll probably be asked to make them whatever the weather! Thankfully, they’re as easy as they are delicious, and older kids will love having a go at using the blender.

Pasta with hidden vegetable sauce

Pasta with hidden vegetable sauce - yum!

Photo credit: Mummy Cooks

If your kids have enjoyed growing their vegetables but still don’t want to eat them, here’s the ideal recipe for you. Hiding vegetables in a pasta sauce is a great way to get rid of them, and this superb recipe from Mummy Cooks is packed with veg, including carrots, onions, and courgette.

Lettuce boats

Cute lettuce boats! Child-friendly recipe for lettuce

Photo credit: Annabel Karmel

As you can see from Annabel Karmel, lettuce boats can be anything you want them to be, making them perfect to make with children of all ages. Toddlers can simply pick the fillings they want, and older children can get involved in more complicated preparations.

Although they’re wraps rather than boats, Rainy Day Mum has made a game out of her recipes. She asks her kids to make a list of vegetables a rabbit might like before putting them all into a lettuce wrap; a fun way of getting them to think about the veg you grew together!

Carrot cake

Delicious carrot cake! A child-friendly recipe!

Photo credit: Good to Know

During the Second World War, carrots were used to sweeten cakes when sugar was rationed to 8oz (230g) per week. This gave us the carrot cake we love today. Carrot cake is a great way to introduce a little extra veg in the form of a treat.

This carrot cake recipe from GoodtoKnow is even broken down into steps that your child can do and steps that an adult might need to do for them.

Chocolate and beetroot muffins

Chocolate and beetroot muffins!

Photo credit: Children’s Nutrition

Never mind the kids, we reckon most adults would probably wrinkle their nose at putting beetroot in a muffin! But any kind of cake that introduces more veg into the diet gets our thumbs up. It helps that these muffins taste great too.

So, once you’ve harvested your little farmer’s beetroot, put it to good use with this delicious, nutritious recipe from Children’s Nutrition.

Raspberry and banana cookies

Raspberry and banana cookies! A child-friendly recipe!

Photo credit: Healthy Little Foodies 

We know it’s a struggle to find sweet treats that aren’t packed full of sugar, but these amazing cookies from Healthy Little Foodies are sweetened only with raspberries, (hopefully grown by your little farmer) bananas and raisins.

Mashing up the banana is fun for all ages, and even little hands can get to work on making little balls and squishing them flat for baking.

Cream of potato soup

Cream of potato soup - tasty!

Photo credit: My Fussy Eater

The perfect winter-warmer. If making chips isn’t for you, why not try making soup from your crop of potatoes? This recipe will make good use of your onions too and it’s quick and easy to make. This soup recipe from My Fussy Eater is filling, packed full of potassium, and tastes delicious. Why not give it a go?

Potato Latke

Potato Latke - A child-friendly recipe!

Photo credit: Childhood 101

If you want to try something more interesting with your potatoes, why not try making Latkes? This recipe for the shredded potato pancakes from Childhood 101 is easy to follow, and kids will enjoy grating the potato.

Latkes are traditionally served as part of the Jewish festival of Hannukah, so you can also use these delicious treats to teach them about different religions and cultures too!

Eton mess

Wonderful Eton Mess!

Photo credit: Nigella Lawson

It’s difficult to get away from chocolate when it comes to dessert for little ones. But we think that when they put their own strawberries into this simple recipe, they’ll be much more open to having fruit for dessert in the future.

If you want to try this for yourself, we’ve found an amazing Eton Mess recipe on Nigella Lawson’s website.

Squashed tomato pasta sauce

Squashed tomato pasta sauce! A child-friendly recipe!

Photo credit: Rainy Day Mum

Squashed tomatoes don’t just go well with birthday stew, they work well with pasta too. This straightforward recipe from Rainy Day Mum is perfect to make with toddlers, but even older children will probably enjoy a chance to squish and tear up tomatoes.

These are just a few ideas for your fruit and vegetable crops, but if you have any recipe ideas, we’d love to hear them! Send them to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the chance to be featured in this post.