Kid-Friendly Low(ish) Carb Recipes

We don’t eat low carb all the time at our house, but we do try to eat mostly unprocessed whole foods (though I’d be lying if I said we don’t make the occasional box of mac and cheese for lunch). I do find it really helpful to have a few easy, go-to weeknight meals that are lower carb and that I know our toddler will eat. It’s especially helpful to have these on hand for when her blood sugar has been on the higher side and I don’t want to make it angrier.  I’m not going to give carb counts for these, because I don’t know them for sure. I calculate them as best as I can knowing the ingredients I used, etc, and then dose based on how I know she reacts to certain foods. Every body is different!

Here are three of our go-to weeknight meals that I know everybody will eat. Stay tuned for more.

Pakistani Kima

This one is on constant rotation in our house. It has sweet potatoes, so technically it’s not low carb, but I count those as healthy carbs for little ones to have! It’s a one pot/pan recipe which I really appreciate and comes together fast. I use this recipe from Wellness Mama.

Turkey Ragu

This is a weekly staple meal in our house – I just wing it, but a general recipe is below. My toddler will usually just eat a bowl of this meat sauce with Parmesan cheese on top. On the rare occasion she wants pasta with it, I’ll use the lentil or garbanzo pasta, but you could do zoodles too (zucchini noodles)

1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
2-3 cloves garlic diced
1 jar pasta sauce (I like Rao’s b/c it’s pretty low carb)
1 lb. ground turkey (you can also use ground beef)
1/2 bunch of kale finely chopped (you could also use spinach)
1-2 finely chopped carrots or red bell pepper (or any veggies you have on hand)

Cook garlic and onion in EVOO until soft (if you are using carrot or other veggies, add these in now too)
Add in ground turkey or beef and cook through
Add in pasta sauce and stir it all together
Add in chopped kale (or spinach) cook for a couple minutes until slightly wilted

Serve by itself or over your favorite pasta or zoodles! So easy.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My mom made this for us originally, not sure where she got the recipe. For some reason, Lily is more excited about it when “Joanie” (her grandma) makes it. Toddlers, sigh.

3 cups chicken broth
1-2 heads broccoli, chopped (including stems)
8 ounce cream cheese
2 tbsp salted butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar (from a block of cheese)
Sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cook broccoli in broth.  Save some florets.
Blend or process remainder of broccoli and broth until smooth.
Combine cream cheese, butter, cream, Cheddar in pot and warm on low, stirring frequently until completely melted.
Pour broccoli mixture into cheese mixture and heat on low.
Add florets, salt and pepper.

2 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Low(ish) Carb Recipes

  1. My easy quick go-to snack is premade in the foil packets cauliflower rice (Cauli Rice) stirred into a packet of mini wholly guacamole! You can also add a chopped up hard boiled egg to make it lunch. A dill pickle on the side and he loves it. Our little guy is only 18 months old (diagnosed at 12 months) so we are still learning. I would love more recipes that kids and grownups can enjoy together.


    • Yum! In some ways, it was easier for us to eat low carb when my daughter was that young. Now that she’s 4, she sees what other kids eat and has developed lots of opinions that she can voice about food. We’ve learned so much over the last couple years (and continue to learn) about how to dose for different foods. We now tend to let her eat what she wants (within reason) and just figure it out as we go. Have you listened to the JuiceBox Podcast? It helped me a lot in learning how insulin works! Thanks for reading!


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