Finally, a healthy way to get your kids to taste the rainbow. Eating colorfully means yummy food filled with flavor in all tastes and textures—bursting with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. From the main meal to sweet desserts, take a leaf from these 10 recipes below and create something that’s just as much fun to look at as it is to eat.
photo: Gimme Delicious
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
We recently jumped on the cauliflower bandwagon, which we love for its alphabet of vitamins and versatility. If your family hasn’t tried a cauliflower crust pizza, this cheerful recipe from Gimme Delicious is sure to win them over—or trick them over. Tiny tots aren’t corn and tomato fans? Try a Hawaiian theme with pineapple and diced ham!
photo: Breanna Spain
Summertime Smoothie Bowl
We can never resist a good kale smoothie when the sun is out and the humidity settles into our hair. We especially love this smoothie bowl (kale optional) from Breanna Spain because our wee ones get to build it however they want. Set out a few bowls of diced fruits, and watch them dig in!
photo: The Indigo Kitchen
If you haven’t spotted this unmistakable photo around Pinterest yet, it’s time to try out The Indigo Kitchen‘s sushi recipe. Using natural savory dyes like spirulina and purple cabbage, this is a 100% plant-based sushi roll that’s perfect for convincing your picky eaters that sushi is both fun to make and eat.
photo: Gimme Some Oven
As if we could forget a fresh summer dip like this one from Gimme Some Oven. Even though blogger Ali Ebright has walked us through dozens of different salsa ideas, we would be remiss if her vibrant mix did not make an appearance with the rest of the rainbow. Hearty, healthy, and absolutely tasty, we hope your kids enjoy a chip-full this summer.
photo: Get Inspired Everyday
Veggie Dragon Noodles
Try this combination of sweet, salty, and a dash of spicy for your next family dinner. With zoodles (that’s spiralized zucchini to you) for your kids to slurp up, we guarantee this will be a delicious hit. Stir in shrimp or chicken, or find the vegetarian recipe over at Get Inspired Everyday.
photo: Family Food on the Table
Tasting the rainbow (without all the added sugar) is made easy with this recipe from Family Food on the Table. Turn breakfast into a talent show by serving it DIY-style, and see what your mini artists can do!
photo: The View from Great Island
This deliciously simple recipe from The View from Great Island is almost too easy to pass up. Add in extra zucchini and eggplant to customize your rainbow and let the kids help with the prep work! Ready to grill in no time, these kabobs are the perfect pop of color for your summer cookout.
photo: The Gracious Wife
Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
For a no-bake dessert that takes only 30 minutes to make, these rainbow rice krispie treats are a must. Colorful and delicious, what’s not to love? We know our little monkeys feel the same way, and this recipe from The Gracious Wife is sure to stir up some excitement. Experiment with natural sweet dyes, like carrot juice, beet juice, and blackberry juice for added nutrition!
photo: Oh, The Things We’ll Make
We could eat five of these spring rolls plain… they’re that good! This bright recipe from Oh, The Things We’ll Make is a perfect one to try with your dexterous ones, as the sticky rice wrapper is a great new food texture. Big on seafood this summer? Steam and halve a few shrimp for a bit of pink in your rainbow.
photo: Julie’s Eats & Treats
We would never leave you without a refreshing glass of bubbly if we can help it, so check out this easy mix by Julie’s Eats & Treats. Layer your fruits and pour your cocktail right over it all—let it soak for an hour to get that true sangria blend. Making a batch for the kiddie tea party? Try a mix of white grape or apple juice and ginger ale instead.
Did we miss your favorite multicolor dish? Let us know in the comments what else needs to go on our must-try list!
—Stacy Liu & Erin Lem