Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Donna Hay's best dinner ideas for kids

Looking for some meal inspiration for the family? Try these Donna Hay dinner recipes for kids!

Donna Hay's latest show and cookbook, Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids, both offer great meal ideas for young and old alike.

With school holidays upon us, it's a great time to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

Donna's recipes focus on nutritious whole foods, free of refined sugars and with plenty of hidden veggies. They're colourful, delicious and easy enough for kids to master. 

Ricotta and zucchini canneloni

By substituting pasta sheets for rolls of zucchini, Donna's take on the traditional spinachy and ricotta canneloni offers a great way to get more veggies into your diet.

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Cauliflower mac 'n' cheese

No, there's nothing wrong with actual macaroni and cheese. But this will almost certainly encourage a love of cauliflower from a young age.

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Chicken tortilla hand pies

Whether you're whipping up a snack or dinner, these handy hand pies are made simply out of leftover chicken (or fresh, of course) and tortillas. While the recipe calls for vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and pumpkin, you should be able to add in anything you have in your fridge.

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Mean green pesto pasta

Kids love a good pesto pasta! Although, sneaky Donna has managed to find a way to disguise broccoli in her homemade basil pesto for extra nutrients. Win-win. 

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Cheat's homemade pizzas

Forego the typical store-bought pizza bases for healthier Lebanese bread. Unlike sugar-laden pre-made pizza bases, wholemeal Lebanese bread makes a crispy, tasty crust with less carbs, calories and sugar spikes! Homemade pizzas are also a fun meal to cook with your kids, who can go wild with decorating and flavouring their very own pizza.

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Nacho bowls

Nachos are a great balanced and colourful meal for kids. Beans, tomato, avocado, cheese - what's not to love? However, if you want to take it one further in the health stakes, substitute tacos or corn chips with "bowls" of baked tortillas. 

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Hamburgers with oven-baked fries

Get excited for burger night! Donna's beef burgers are a classic recipe guaranteed to please any meat-loving child or adult.

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Lamb pitas

Nobody does a mince recipe like they do in the Mediterranean! This Greek-inspired meal is full of flavour and perfect for your next BBQ. 

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See all the recipes from Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids here

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