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10 dinner recipes for kids

Keep your kids happy at the end of the day with delicious, healthy yet hearty dinners. From homemade chicken nuggets to a cheesy quesadilla bake, our hassle-free recipes are perfect for when you have hungry mouths to feed.

Spanish-style rice and beans
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Spanish-style rice and beans

We've used microwave rice in this vegetarian kids recipe to make it super speedy. If you have any leftover veg to use up, or if your child prefers something different, add it in with the onions and peppers in step 1.

  1. Heat the oil in a small pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, pepper and paprika (if using) and cook for 5 mins until softened. 
  2. Empty the rice into the pan along with the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, peas and 100ml boiling water. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently until piping hot throughout. 
  3. Divide between two plates and sprinkle over the olives to serve.

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Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.

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  • Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil​
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 1 x 250g bag long grain microwave rice
  • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 salad tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 100g frozen garden peas
  • 75g pitted black olives, finely sliced