Top 10 Children’s Favourite Teatime Meals

A well-balanced diet will keep your little ones happy, healthy and full of energy. But what do kids like to eat? Here’s a list of ten tea time favourites that hungry children would love to see on their plate. It’s relatively easy to give these classics a healthy twist too, so read on for inspiration.

  1. 1. Macaroni Cheese 

Macaroni cheese is easy to make from scratch and is sure to put a smile on your child’s face. It’s rich, creamy and can be served with a crunchy cheese and breadcrumb topping. Add grated broccoli and carrots for some extra vitamins and minerals.

  1. 2. Spaghetti Bolognese 

Pasta is budget friendly and can be served with a traditional meat sauce or a blended vegetable ragu - the choice is yours. Serve with grated cheese and garlic bread. You could even turn the mince into meatballs.


  1. 3. Cottage Pie 

If you’ve minced beef to use but want a change from spaghetti bolognese, then cottage pie is a great alternative. Cook the meat with peas, carrots and any other veg you fancy before topping with a smooth, creamy mash and cheese.

  1. 4. Chicken Nuggets and Chips 

There’s no shying away from the fact that kids love chicken nuggets and chips with ketchup. You can also add peas, sweetcorn and baked beans on the side. 

  1. 5. Pizza 

Whether it’s a plain margarita or a pepperoni feast, pizza is a top choice for kids. You can even get them involved by making or buying pizza bases and giving them a choice of toppings to add. 

  1. 6. Fish Fingers and Mushy Peas 

Fish fingers are quick and easy to cook as well as being popular with little ones. They can be served with chips and mushy peas or mashed potato and beans. 

  1. 7. Tuna Pasta Bake 

Tuna pasta bake is delicious and can be served for lunch or dinner. It’s loaded with goodness and can include all your favourite veg too. Ready made sauces are a great option if you’ve had a busy day and are looking for a quick tea time option. 


  1. 8. Homemade Burgers

Making your own burgers is easier than you might think. There are loads of recipes online for both meat eaters and vegetarians, and you can add all your favourite toppings such as onions, gherkins and cheese.


  1. 9. Toad in the Hole 

Most children love sausages, so toad in the hole is sure to go down well. Serve with mash, veg and plenty of gravy.

  1. 10. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Family days out could end with a hearty beef stew that’s been left to simmer in the slow cooker. Slow cookers are great as it means you don’t have to start cooking when you get home and can simply serve the stew as it is or add rice, couscous or mash.

If you’re looking for family fun things to do this spring, don’t miss The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Based on the children’s book by Judith Kerr, this interactive show is currently touring the UK. Book your tickets now and enjoy family fun days out with a theatrical twist.