Top 10 Dinner Ideas For Teens

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Teens can be fussy eaters, and coming up with new and exciting recipes every day is a daunting task. So, to help you out with it, we bring you this post on interesting dinner ideas for teens.

Teens generally crave spicy and tasty food for their meals. In addition, they have access to the Internet and television, which helps them broaden their taste palette. But how many new dishes can you invent every day? Do not fret.

Read on as we have compiled an interesting list of easy recipes that you can make for your children for dinner. Choose the ones you think will impress them the most.

Top Ten Healthy Dinner Ideas For Teens

Here are ten dinner ideas your teen will love helping you out with:

1. Oven fried chicken

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You Will Need:

  • 2 cups cut broiler-fryer chicken
  • ½ cup of dry whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2tbsp salt
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • ¼tbsp pepper
  • ¼ cup of butter or olive oil

How To:

  1. Mix the pepper, bread crumbs, salt, and paprika. Use a kitchen brush to brush the chicken pieces with butter or olive oil. Roll the chicken in the bread crumb mix.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a greased baking pan. Bake the chicken at 425°F until it turns tender.
  3. Serve it with mint sauce or home made tomato salsa to enhance its taste and enrich its nutritional value.

2. Pasta with no-cook tomato sauce

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You Will Need:

  • 6 coarsely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt and Pepper Powder
  • Oregano
  • Whole wheat pasta or qunioa pasta
  • Fresh red pepper flakes – optional

How To:

  1. Mix the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In the meanwhile, boil your chosen pasta as per the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and add the tomato sauce.
  3. You can garnish with red pepper flakes and oregano before serving.

3. Beans and hot dog bake

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You Will Need:

  • 10 slices of hot dogs
  • 15 ounces pork and beans in tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces drained butter beans
  • 15 ounces chili beans
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • ¼ cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • 2tbsp cider vinegar
  • ¼tbsp oregano

How To:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Add into a baking dish and bake for two hours at 350°F.

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4. Cheese, tomato and herb omelet

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You Will Need:

  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh herbs of choice
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Mix the tomato and the eggs. Add the herbs, salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat and pour the egg mix.
  2. Flip the omelet to cook on both sides, sprinkle some shredded cheese . Fold it so that cheese can melt inside.
  3. Once you see omelette is fluffed, its ready to serve and You can garnish with the remaining herbs.

5. Easy green salad

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You Will Need:

  • 1 head red lettuce
  • 1 head green lettuce
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 2tbsp vinegar
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½tbsp celery salt
  • ¼ cup of olive oil

How To:

  1. Mix the vegetables in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables before serving.

6. Tortilla hotdogs

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You Will Need:

  • Hot dog
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Lettuce leaves or sliced spring onions
  • Salsa
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

How To:

  1. Heat the hot dogs and the tortillas. Place the hot dog in the tortillas and add some spring onions or lettuce leaves, salsa, ketchup, and mustard.
  2. Roll up the tortillas and serve hot.

7. Quesadilla

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You Will Need:

  • 2 finely chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup of finely chopped onion
  • 3tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced fresh hot green pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt as per taste
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • For serving – guacamole

How To:

  1. For the salsa – mix all the ingredients except tortilla, guacamole, and cheese. Keep them aside for an hour. Now, fill up the tortillas with the salsa.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat. Place the tortilla and heat for about 30 seconds. Turn it over and add the cheese. Fold the tortilla and close it lightly.
  4. Cook the quesadilla until the cheese melts. Place it on a baking sheet and let it remain warm in the oven. Serve with guacamole.

8. Simple radish and arugula salad

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You Will Need:

  • 1 radish
  • 2 sliced small bulbs of fennel
  • 1 bunch of de-stemmed arugula
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • Cottage cheese to serve

How To:

  1. Place the vegetables in a bowl. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add some cottage cheese just before serving.

9. Tuna melt

You Will Need:

  • 4 English muffins
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 finely chopped shallots
  • 170g tuna
  • 2tbsp ketchup
  • 6tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 grated lemon zest
  • 4 slices Cheddar

How To:

  1. Preheat a broiler rack and split the muffins.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the pepper, shallots, and scallions. Cook for about three minutes. Add tuna and stir. Cook for a minute. Remove from heat and keep it aside. Add the ketchup, mayonnaise, and lemon zest.
  3. Spread the remaining mayonnaise over the muffins and add the tuna mix and cheese slice. Cover with the other muffin halves. Grill until the cheese melts.

10. Meat tacos

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You Will Need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Salt
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • Minced meat of choice
  • 1 cup hot vegetable stock
  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • A handful of chopped cilantro
  • 8 taco shells
  • 75g shredded cheddar

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and salt into the pan. Cook until the onion turns soft. Add garlic and pepper. Stir fry for a minute and then add the meat. Add the vegetable stock and cook until the meat turns tender.
  3. Now add the tomatoes and cilantro. Cook for five minutes.
  4. Spoon the mix into the taco shells and add cheese. Grill in the oven until the cheese melts.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What to avoid eating as a teenager?

During your teenage, here are some food items that you should avoid eating as they might harm your body (1):

  • Fatty food
  • Food containing a high amount of sugar
  • Swordfish or marlin as they contain high amounts of mercury

2. How do I make my teen have a healthy meal?

Follow the below tips to ensure that your teen has a healthy and balanced diet (2):

  • Eat three balanced and nutritious meals per day
  • Include ample amount of fiber in the diet
  • Bake or broil the dishes instead of frying them
  • Watch their sugar intake
  • Have limited amounts of red meat
  • Increase the intake of fish and chicken

3. Is it normal to always be hungry as a teenager?

Yes. Feeling hungry often and an increase in eating capacity is a common trait in teenagers as they go through growth spurts during these years, and to support adequate growth and development, they need extra nutrients (3).

Enjoy these easy dinner ideas for teens and do tell us which ones were the biggest hits with your family.

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