It seems we’re getting it very, very right! We put a call out on 12WBT Facebook to find out which 12WBT recipes kids love the most. More than 300 members past and present got back to us. There were quite a few responses that said, “Everything!!!” (Shucks guys.)
There were however, also a few overwhelming favourites that popped up again and again. The winners are…
1. Penang Chicken
This recipe won the recipe popularity contest by a mile! It truly is one of our most popular meals across all age groups. It may taste like it came from a restaurant, but it’s much healthier than your typical red curry. Coconut milk-based curries can be laden with fat, but with some clever substitutions, this recipe submitted by 12WBTer Alison comes in at just 300 calories per serve!
2. Nat’s Lasagne
Nat’s Lasagne was adapted from an old family recipe of one of our members. It comes in at 269 calories per serve – about one-third of the calories of your average lasagne recipe.
As Nat points out, this recipe is so good that “even fussy kids will love it!” It serves six, so it’s a great one to cut into portions and keep in the freezer for a rainy day. If you’re a vegetarian, you can also substitute lentils for the mince and add more parmesan.
Word of advice, though – this recipe is SO good, it can be tempting to overeat. We recommend making a delicious, green leafy salad to serve with it. When you’re serving it up, make sure three-quarters of your plate is filled with greens, NOT lasagne.
3. Meat Pie with Mushy Peas
Third on the list of kid’s favourites is an Aussie favourite – our 12WBT Meat Pie. This one is made with kangaroo mince and served with mushy peas. Kangaroo mince is super-lean and a great source of protein. If its gamey taste has deterred you in the past, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this guilt-free option. It’s 288 calories per serve; a much healthier choice compared to one Four’N Twenty meat pie, which comes in at 401 calories.
Other faves flagged by 12WBT members were the Not So Naughty Nachos (323 calories, you can get the recipe for free here!), Beef Fajita with Pan-roasted Capsicum & Red Onion (244 calories) and the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not Butter Chicken (304 calories).
Share in the comments details of a dish that you and your kids love that you’d be excited to see us whip into a healthy version!