Adaptable Recipes for Picky Kids and Mature Eaters

There are dishes that are favored by kids only. There are also ones that kids will never touch until they grow mature enough and educate their palate. But what should you do until then? Cook two separate meals for a single dinner? Or settle for a simplified dish you stopped enjoying at least decades ago? Nope, you needn’t do either any longer! Get recipe ideas that can be tailored to please both from our latest article!

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Teriyaki Marinade

Kids love meals on spits! And you will love the deep and sophisticated gourmet flavor of the marinade spiced with ginger, garlic, Dijon mustard and paprika. Besides, this easy kabob idea can be transformed into a main course of a light dinner – in this case you can serve them with brown rice - or an appetizer at a major BBQ event.

Get the shrimp kabob recipe and adapt it to suit both categories of eaters at your table using the ideas below:

Kids’ version: add orange juice into the marinade to sweeten it up. Cut up bell peppers, broccoli and other bright colored vegetables to add more fun to the dish.

Gourmet version: Impale scallops on the sticks together with the shrimp and other ingredients. Add ginger, red pepper, Dijon mustard and garlic to the marinade to amplify its flavor.

Chicken Breasts Grilled with Lemon

Chicken breasts are a great ingredient that can be used in a multitude of nourishing and versatile recipes. It’s a great idea to always have them in your fridge. And if you don’t want to go into the trouble of firing up the grill, cook this chicken breast grilled with lemon recipe in a simple or a grill pan.

Kids’ version: Dice the chicken to make it easily chewable; serve with baby spinach and fluffy couscous cooked with chicken broth. You can also plop a little fruit salsa on the side to increase the nutrition value of the dish.

Gourmet version: Caramelize sliced onions and serve them alongside with the breasts. Add spicy salsa and guacamole. Serve the chicken with couscous, like you do for kids, but add flavor with diced olives, cashews and lemon zest. Or garnish it with a heap of baby spinach sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and fiery hot cayenne.

Easy Baked Eggs

This is a simple recipe bordering on primitivism. However, it makes a charming breakfast served in cute individual ramekins, with a mild taste and a wide variety of supplement ideas! You can get the recipe of easy baked eggs and start experimenting with it to please both kids and grown-ups.

Kids’ version: draw a smiling face on top of the baked egg with your child’s fave sauce.

Gourmet version: Garnish the cooked egg with a little caviar, unsweetened whipped cream and chives.

Raita (Indian Yogurt Sauce)

This unconventional sauce makes a great companion for grilled chicken, meat kabobs and curries. Cook the sauce using the raita recipe we offer and adapt it to the tastes of the young and the mature generations.  

Kids’ version: ditch the spices if your kids can’t stand hot or flavorful foods, but keep cumin. You can also try to add sugar to the yogurt and replaces cucumbers with grapes or pineapples.  

Gourmet version: Add pomegranate seeds and balance out the strong flavor of spices with honey. Serve it with chicken breast grilled with lemon.

Strawberry Agua Fresca

This frozen drink can be the cherry on top of a satisfying dinner. In summer, strawberries will the berries of choice for this agua fresca recipe, but if you crave the sweetness of the drink at any other time of the year, don’t hesitate to substitute them with any berries or fruit available.

Kids’ version: use honey instead of sugar. Cook the drink with your kids’ fave berries or fruit. You can also freeze separate berries in ice cubes to add fun both to cooking and eating.   

Gourmet version: lace the cocktail with a splash of silver tequila and a drop of Triple Sec.


Use the kid-friendly recipes from the article to treat all generations of eaters to an incredibly versatile and enjoyable meal!

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