Skip MSG-laden and high sodium dishes with these 20 Healthy Chinese Recipes for Kids! Made with healthy ingredients and designed to be a hit with the kids!
Before we enter into the post, I’d like to put up a disclaimer – these recipes aren’t authentic Chinese. These are what we call Indo Chinese, dishes derived from Chinese cuisine and adapted to the Indian palate, giving rise to a whole new cuisine in it’s own right!
Chinese cuisine is popular with kids everywhere, whether it’s the slurpy noodles, steamed desserts or slurry gravies. Unfortunately, most dishes you get from Chinese restaurants around us are loaded with MSG and sodium-high sauces. But when we see how happy it makes our kids, we still give in occasionally.
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to treat your kids to their favorite dishes without compromising on health and nutrition? I’m sure you have, and today, we give you exactly what you’ve been looking for! Here are 20 healthy Chinese recipes for kids and the whole family. These dishes use little or no sauces and are completely MSG free. We’ve also picked dishes that have lots of vegetables and protein, without too much refined sugar, refined flour or other unhealthy ingredients. So you get delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly recipes – all in one go!
20 Healthy Chinese Recipes for Kids
Wonton soup is a comforting soup that’s perfect for the monsoon and winter. Connoisseurus Veg gives us a vegan version that uses mushrooms instead of meat. Check out the full tutorial to make the wontons and then the soup.
Manchurian is one of the most common side dishes we order with fried rice or noodles. This vegetable manchurian recipe is a great way to include a whole lot of vegetables in a kid-friendly format. Use homemade vegetable stock for best results.
Egg rolls or any rolls in Chinese cuisine are usually deep fried. This definitely makes them crunchy, but takes up a lot of oil. Happy Money Saver gives us the perfect solution with these baked chicken egg rolls recipe!
Now here’s a recipe that the fussiest eater cannot refuse! Tip Buzz combines sweet and savory to make a delicious and filling dish that is said to be kid-approved!
Vermicelli is something that is popular among all kinds of Asian cuisines, including Indian. This dish combines Indian and Chinese elements to create something that’s the best of both worlds.
Want a manchurian recipe that’s vegetarian but still protein-rich? Raks Kitchen has just what you need – a soya chunks manchurian! This is quite an easy dish and can be whipped up in a jiffy.
Spring rolls are probably the most frequently ordered Chinese starter in our families! These spring rolls pack in a whole lot of veggies, so kids don’t even realizing they’re eating healthy!
Momos are either steamed or fried dumplings, and obviously the steamed ones are healthier. Here we’ve made it better by making them out of whole wheat flour instead of maida.
The iconic Indian Chinese fried rice is packed with flavor, making it something that everyone loves. However, it’s also packed with a lot of sauces and MSG. That’s why we’ve made a kid-friendly version that uses just 1 spoon of soy sauce.
This stir fry from Dinner at the Zoo is a treat for sore eyes! Not only is this dish laden with nutrients from carrots, snap peas, mushrooms, bell peppers and broccoli, but it’s also so colorful it’s sure to be a hit with kids.
Give Chinese fried rice an Indian twist with a popular Indian ingredient – paneer! Kids who refuse to eat paneer otherwise will enjoy it in a fried rice dish. Just serve with a vegetable manchurian and you’re done!
Fortune cookies are always a hit, thanks to those cute hidden messages! Now you can make your own healthy version according to this recipe from Desserts with Benefits. Use coconut sugar or organic jaggery as a natural sugar substitute.
I always have a pack of frozen sweet corn in my freezer, since they’re so versatile and kid-friendly. You can use them in steamed corn snack, chaat, soups or a main dish like this sweet corn fried rice!
14. Paneer Momos
It’s sometimes hard to believe that something that tastes good can also be healthy, but this paneer momos recipe from Hebbar’s Kitchen proves it can be done! The dough can be made with whole wheat flour, and you can add your choice of grated veggies to the stuffing.
Bell peppers make frequent appearances in Indo Chinese cuisine, and this recipe puts the focus on these colorful vegetables! Use red, yellow and orange bell peppers along with green ones to enhance the look and nutritional quotient of the dish.
Whenever we order Chinese food, someone in our group will invariably order sweet corn soup! Once you make this soup from home, you’ll never order it from a restaurant again! Check out the full recipe at Hebbar’s Kitchen.
We all know that instant noodles are bad for you and your family. However, we can’t deny that they are convenient. Our range of 100% natural noodles takes care of nutrition, convenience and taste, as shown in this soy noodles recipe!
Chinese cuisine includes many steamed desserts, and a popular one among them are Prosperity Muffins or Good Luck Muffins which are open mouthed muffins that represent good luck. Food 4 Tots has a simple recipe for these muffins, in which you try substituting the sugar with a natural sweetener.
19. Mango Sago Pudding
Mango Sago is a simple pudding that’s popular in China, as well as other South East Asian countries. This recipe from Yummly uses only a few simple ingredients – substitute the sugar with a natural sweetener if you like.
Unconventional Cooks has take the extra effort to make traditional Chinese almond cookies healthier, and the result is amazing! This recipe does not use refined flour, refined sugar or butter, making it allergy-friendly.