Kid-friendly meal ideas

These recipe hacks — based on our favourite kid-approved products — get an A+ from even the most discerning little family members.

When your kiddos taste these juicy meatball subs with a Thai twist, flavourful satays with sweet pineapple-studded rice, tender meatloaf with buttery mash or satisfyingly flaky spanakopita with crudités and creamy dipping sauce, they’ll be pretty-pleasing for seconds. Here are four recipes for the young — and young at heart.

Turkey Meatball Banh Mi

Turkey Meatball Banh Mi

Serves: 4

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups of M&M Food Market Turkey Meatballs
  • 1/4 cup of M&M Food Market Honey Garlic Dipping Sauce
  • 2 M&M Food Market Demi Baguettes
  1. In a small saucepan, heat ½ cup rice wine vinegar, ½ cup water and 2 tbsp sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Cut 1 carrot and 1/2 an English cucumber into matchsticks and place in a bowl. Pour hot vinegar mixture over vegetables and allow to sit for 20 mins, then drain.
  3. Prepare 2 cups Turkey Meatballs in skillet according to package instructions, stir in ¼ cup Honey Garlic Dipping Sauce and mix to coat.
  4. Bake Petite Baguette according to package instructions; slice each in half. Top each halved Petite Baguette with meatballs, chopped iceberg lettuce, pickled veg and cilantro.
Chicken Satay and Rice and Vegetable Medley

Chicken Satay with Pineapple Fried Rice

Serves: 4

  • 1 package of M&M Food Market Chicken and Pineapple Mini-Skewers
  • 1 package of M&M Food Market Rice & Vegetable Medley
  • 2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup diced pineapple
  1. Cook Chicken and Pineapple Mini-Skewers according to package instructions.
  2. In a medium skillet, sauté Rice & Vegetable Medley until heated through.
  3. Stir in 2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce and ½ cup diced pineapple.
  4. Serve Chicken and Pineapple Skewers on a bed of the rice mixture.
Homestyle Mashed Potato topped Homestyle Meat Loaf

Loaded Mashed Potato–Topped Meat Loaf

Serves: 4

  • M&M Food Market Supreme Homestyle Meat Loaf
  • M&M Food Market Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped cooked bacon
  • Sliced green onions
  • M&M Food Market Seasoned Sweet Peas
  1. Place Supreme Homestyle Meat Loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Prepare Homestyle Mashed Potatoes according to microwave instructions, then spoon onto Meat Loaf to create an even topping layer.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from oven and top with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cooked bacon and sliced green onions. Return to the oven for 10 mins.
  5. Meanwhile, microwave Seasoned Sweet Peas according to package instructions to serve with Meat Loaf.
Spanakopita veggie plate

Spanakopita and Veg Family Platter

Serves: 4

  • 1 package of M&M Food Market Spanakopita
  • M&M Food Market Buttermilk Dill Dipping Sauce
  • cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Red and green peppers
  • Lemon
  1. Bake Spanakopita according to package directions.
  2. Transfer to a large platter and add a small bowl of Buttermilk Dill Dipping Sauce, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, olives, cubed feta, sliced red and green peppers, and lemon wedges to serve.

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