Recipes are easy to find, but fun and simple healthy recipes for kids are worth their weight in gold! This adaptable recipe for a savoury pastry is so simple that your kids can get involved in cooking it, too! This is a great example of a healthy food for kids, and this recipe will inspire even the fussiest of kids to eat their vegetables.
At Surf excel, we know how important experimental learning is for your little one. This simple recipe is ideal for helping your children try new foods and start cooking from an early age. We have a series of great articles about cooking – fun cooking games for girls and boys, the importance of the food pyramid, and fun and nutritious recipes for kids! Be sure to check out all of these cooking articles, and find some new activities that you can do with your child!
Lunch Recipes for Kids
This recipe is for a flan, which is like a quiche or a savoury tart. These Easy Flan Faces are great for picnics and lunch boxes! You can eat them hot or cold with a side serving of salad or spring vegetables. Make mini-faces for each child, or one large one to be shared – you just need to triple the quantity of ingredients for a large face. Encourage your little ones to help you cook – it is a great way for them to gain valuable experiences and knowledge that will be helpful for their future! Having them help is also a good way to encourage them to eat more vegetables, too. They’ll be more likely to try something that they have helped to make.
What you will need:
- Roll-out (or homemade) pastry – any kind. You can make your own pastry at home by following this simple recipe for shortcrust pastry!
- Peppers (green or red)
- A suitable tin (or tins)
How to make it:
Step 1 - Prepare the Pastry
For ready-to-roll pastry, leave the backing paper on and line the tin paper-side-down, pressing the pastry out to the edges; then, cut the excess pastry away with a pair of scissors. For homemade pastry, roll your dough to approximately 3mm thick and – being sure to grease or line the tin with wax paper first – place it in the tin; then, use a knife to cut off the excess.
Step 2 - The Lunch Recipe Mixture
Take one egg for every small pie dish – or three for a large tin – and break it into a tall glass. Beat vigorously. Add 1/2 cup milk for each egg added to the glass. You can use anything from half-fat milk to cream. Beat in. Pour equal amounts of the mixture into each pie dish, making sure the mixture fills the tin halfway.
Step 3 - Vegetable Faces for a Healthy Recipe
Cut your vegetables in thin slices and have fun arranging them in the pastry base like the features on a face. Think about using round shapes as eyes – tomatoes and zucchini work well for this – and a mushroom for the nose. A curvy shape, like a piece of pepper, works well for a mouth. You could also add cheeks, hair, and a moustache too!
Step 4 - Add Cheese
Finally, grate or crumble cheese between the vegetables – the cheese will melt and go golden in the oven. If your child isn’t a fan of cheese, you can always leave this step out.
Step 5 - Bake the Flan Faces
Put the flan into a pre-heated oven at a moderate temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Remove and let cool slightly before serving.
Have you tried this fun lunch recipe for kids? Or do you have other suggestions for healthy foods for kids? Let us know in the comments below – and be sure to share your pictures of your own flan faces with us!