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5 Kids' junk food favourites made healthy

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Ask the kids what they want for dinner tonight and chances are they'll say pizza, hamburger, chips and ice cream, right? Well, the next time the kids ask for junk food, make these junk food favourites and make them healthy.

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Mini burger and chips

Kids love their burgers, so instead of going through the drive-through to pick one up, make these healthy burgers at home instead. Using 100 per cent ground beef and making carrot grilled chips instead of the deep-fried the variety, not only do they taste great, but mum and dad can breathe a sigh of relief that they're healthy too.

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams beef mince
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of plain flour
  • Small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 4 mini burger buns
  • Tomato sauce
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix the beef, egg, flour, salt and parsley in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Roll the beef mixture into four patties and place in a pan on a medium-low heat.
  3. Let the patties cook for approximately 3 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  4. Slice the bread rolls in half and place the patties, cheese, a slice of tomato and tomato sauce on each.
  5. Chop the carrots into long matchsticks and grill in a pan with a dash of oil and a sprinkle of salt.
  6. Once nice and brown, plate up with the hamburgers and serve.

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Tortilla pizza

This is a great way to sneak some vegies into your kids' meals. Using broccoli in the tomato sauce and using a tortilla base instead of a heavy bread base, this one is a great after-school snack for the kids and they won't even know they're eating healthy.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tortilla
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small broccoli
  • 1 onion
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Pop the broccoli in a pan and simmer on a medium heat with half a cup of water.
  2. Once the broccoli is soft, blend it in a food processor. Add a dash of the water if it doesn't mix smoothly. Set aside.
  3. In another pan, fry off your onion until soft, then add tomato.
  4. Once the tomato is cooked, mix through your broccoli. The kids won't even know it's there.
  5. Let the sauce reduce then crack an egg into the middle, mix the yolk through.
  6. Grill a tortilla and have it ready for your sauce mixture on a plate.
  7. Add grated cheese to the mixture as well as a smidge of parsley, then slide onto the tortilla once the cheese has melted through.

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