Healthy Recipe Index

asian pasta with bok choy and chicken

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If you’re new, welcome!  You’ve landed at Food with Kid Appeal, your guide to growing good eaters!  On this recipe index you’ll find free healthy recipes to nourish your family.  My recipes use whole food and real ingredientsWe were completely grain-free for a while, and I’m currently serving one kid gluten-free, dairy-free food as he heals from allergies and asthma.  No more meds!  Yay.

These recipes will not only grow healthy kids, but they can also undo some of the damage done by our toxic world.  If you have a sick kiddo or a spectrum kid, stay a while and see if you can improve your child’s health by teaching him to become real food literate.

We are a CSA family (community supported agriculture) so be prepared for a good helping of vegetable recipes.  Yes, my kids eat radishes, kale and fermented carrots!  Yours can too.  We sorta follow Nourishing Traditions, and are GAPS graduates (kinda).  Cultured food anchors every meal.

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Peaches and Coconut Kefir Cream dairy free, pictured.

Soaked Whole Grain Pancakes 
7 Minute Stove Top Soaked Steel Cut Oatmeal
Whole Grain Waffles – Best Ever 
Egg Toast Recipe (aka Toad in a Hole) 
Blueberry Sauce (Pancake – Waffle Topper) 
Apples and Oatmeal
Frugal French Toast 
Whole Grain Banana Bread 
Summer Squash and Ham Egg Scramble 
The Best Whole Grain Pancakes 
Key Lime French Toast 
Peaches and Oatmeal 
Acorn Squash Chocolate Chip Muffins 
Whole Orange Whole Grain Quinoa Muffins 
Quinoa Cereal 
Canadian Bacon and Leek Quiche with Potato Crust

Lunch Recipes
Blackberry Banana Basil Kefir Smoothie (my daily lunch)

Chicken Salad Cabbage Wraps 
 Blueberry Yogurt  Parfait w/ Honey
Cottage Cheese and Pears, naturally sugar free 
Peach Yogurt Parfait 
Lunchbox Yogurt Parfait  my seven year old insists on this almost daily for school lunch.

Healthy Dinner Recipes

Oregano Chicken and Rice with Gravy

Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Wraps 
Soft Tacos with Local Greens, Shredded Cheese, Avocado Toppers
Pork Chops with Pomegranate Stuffing
Homemade Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets 
Kale with Beans and Bacon
Oven Crispy Chicken
Crockpot Chicken Quinoa
Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw 
Healthy Crockpot Chili For Crowd 
Green Macaroni and Cheese  (perfect for St. Patrick’s Day)
Sausage and Green Bean One Pan Meal
Turkey-Rosemary Meatballs in White Whole Wheat Pitas
Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Fish Taco Sauce
Red Beans in the Crockpot (Meatless meal)
Pasta With Chicken, Chevre, Mushrooms and Spinach (aka Goat Cheese) 
Minestrone Soup (using left over vegetable tray)
Kholrabi Greens, Mushrooms, Chevre Pizza 
Healthy Kid’s Birthday Party Menu
Meatballs with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Ham Bone Split Pea Soup
Vegetable Fried Rice
Purple Cabbage and Pork Stir Fry
Asian Pasta with Bok Choy and Chicken  (pictured above)

Dinner Sides and Healthy Vegetable Recipes
Black Bean Salad with Corn and Tomatoes
Pomegranate Pesto Pasta Salad  
Cranberry Orange Sauce 
Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread 
Quinoa with Stir Fry Veggies
Sauteed Kale With Onions
Pesto Crostini 
Healthy French Fries (aka Oven Fries) 
Grilled Asparagus – Camping Vegetables
French Rice Salad with Avocado and Corn  
Peas and Onions 
Poached Egg with Rocket Salad (aka Arugula) - hubby kisses me when i make this.
Mediterranean Bean, Herb Salad
Tomatillo and Summer Vegetable Rice Salad
Red White and Blue Fruit Salad in Watermelon Boat
Heirloom Tomato Salad 
Fried Okra (cornmeal coating) 
Black Beans and Rice
Honey Gingered Carrots
Candied Acorn Squash 
Wilted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries 
Mushroom Rice Pilaf 
Crunchy Garlicky Green Beans 
Sweet Potato Chips 
Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Corn

Unstuffed Mushrooms 
Red Cauliflower with Lemon
Herbed Potatoes on the Grill 
Steamed Okra 
Fiesta Carrot Salad 
Marinated Baby Beets
Rainbow French Fries

Recipes for Meal Helpers
Oregano Pesto
Spinach Basil Pesto
Frugal Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs 
Vegetable Bouillon (most amazing soup trick ever)
Taco Seasoning
Whole Orange Puree
Making Vegetable and Chicken Stock from Vegetable Scraps
Meats and Greens Spaghetti Sauce  
Scratch Made Cream of Mushroom Soup (just like la madeleines)
Scratch Made Enchilada Sauce
Sprouted Grain Bread

Healthy Snack Recipes

Healthy Salsa Recipe – Fermented Salsa

Carrot Pickle Recipe – Fermented Carrots

Chocolate Covered Fruit and Nut Balls (aka flourless, no bake cookie)
Frozen Fruit
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Homemade Ranch Dressing 
Shelled Nuts 
Stove Top Popcorn 
Banansicles (horrible photos, tasty snack) 
Healthy Snacks You Can Take on a Hike or Road Trip
Ants on a Log (aka peanut butter on celery with Raisins)
Trail Mix
Blanched Green Beans 
Hard Boiled Eggs with Butter and Salt 
Persimmons out of hand (the pearish tasting bright orange apple) 
Pomegranates out of hand (try one whole, far better than the juice)
Chocolate Fruity Granola Bites
Avocado and Chevre Dip

Healthy Dessert Recipes (most of them anyway)


Peppermint Shortbread Christmas Cookies (christmas)
Tangerine Pineapple Popsicles
Double Ginger Snaps
Hand-dipped Chocolate Dipped Strawberries 
Whole Grain Strawberry Shortcake  
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting 
Whole Grain Carrot Cake 
Whole Grain Rhubarb Crisp 
Cherry Split Cake – (no bake, no artificial dyes, no preservatives) 
Chocolate Waffles (forgot about these, really want to make them NOW!)
Whole Orange Cake with Fudge Icing 
Raspberry Sand Tarts (christmas)
Nutmeg Logs (christmas)
Apple Volcanoes 
Double Chocolate Brownies with Beet Pink Frosting 
Coconut Cookies


Healthy Drink Recipes

Virgin Mango Mojito Recipe – Kombucha

Watermelon Mint Juice  
Tangerine Ice Cubes 
Strawberry Mimosa  (if I drink strawberry puree with my dry champagne, that’s healthy right?  skip the champagne for kids, opt for sparkling water)

Please notify me by leaving a comment if one of the recipe links is broken, or pointed to the wrong page.  Report back if you try a recipe, I love to know what readers think of recipes.  Enjoy your food!

9 thoughts on “Healthy Recipe Index

  1. thanks for the kind words, brought a smile to my morning! report back, I love to know what moms, dads and kids think about the recipes, and love to hear your recipe modifications too.

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