12 recipes that your kid can eat with ketchup

Ketchup is a legit food group, according to many kids. If you choose recipes based on whether your kid can dip, slather or squirt it on, look no further.

12 recipes that your kid can eat with ketchup

Photo: Erik Putz

Crispy Baked Fish and Chips

A two-in-one treat for ketchup aficionados, they can dunk their fish sticks and dredge their chips through the good stuff. Get the recipe: Crispy Baked Fish and Chips

12 recipes that your kid can eat with ketchupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s a clever tip: With enough seasoned beef, creamy mashed potatoes and yes, ketchup, your kids will be virtually powerless to the vegetables that lurk underneath it all. Get the recipe: Shepherd’s Pie

bowl of shepherd's piePhoto: Maya Visnyei


Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Ketchup

Would your kids notice if you switched up their ketchup? This lean, mean turkey burger is delicious when topped with this easy imposter sauce made with frozen cranberries, brown sugar, Dijon and tomato paste. Get the recipe: Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Ketchup

12 recipes that your kid can eat with ketchupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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Kitchen Sink Cheese Omelette

Clean all the wilting things out of the crisper and throw them at this omelette—there are no wrong veggies here. And don’t worry about your flipping skills—a veg-heavy pan of scrambled eggs pairs equally well with ketchup. Get the recipe: Kitchen Sink Cheese Omelette

skilled with omelette with cheese and veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Lacey-Edged Latkes

Sometimes you eat your latkes with sour cream, sometimes with apple sauce. But most times, only ketchup will do. These fried potato nuggets are perfect for small hands. Get the recipe: Lacey-Edged Latkes

bento box with mini latkes and sour creamPhoto: Erik Putz

Greek Pork Kebabs

These kebabs are prime dunking material and ketchup is happy to oblige. They’re marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, thyme and garlic, so even without the red sauce, these babies are yum. Get the recipe: Greek Pork Kebabs

skewers with marinated and grilled porkPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Weeknight Mango-Glazed Ham

Glazed ham ain’t just for the holidays. Buy a small smoked ham from the grocery store and glaze it with a simple blend of mango chutney and Dijon. Or, you know, you could glaze it in ketchup. We’re only half kidding. You do you. Get the recipe: Weeknight Mango-Glazed Ham

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Lentil and Beef Mini Loaves

Lentils are healthy, hearty (and cheap!) filler in traditional meatloaf. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of ketchup, but you can treat that amount as a mere suggestion. Get the recipe: Lentil and Beef Mini Loaves

plate with meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

BLT Waffle-Wich

What’s special sauce? A blend of ketchup and mayo, obviously, and it’s just what this sandwich calls for. A hybrid of two breakfast faves—waffle and BLT—parents will want to get in on this, too. Get the recipe: BLT Waffle-Wich

lunch ideas for schoolPhoto: Roberto Caruso

”Fried” Chicken Fingers

A cornflake coating makes gives these baked chicken fingers a fried kind of crunch. Dunking possibilities are pretty broad, but top spots go to ketchup (obviously), plum sauce, honey and ranch dressing. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

plate of chicken fingersPhoto: Roberto Caruso


One-Pot Mac and Cheese

You’ll love the simplicity of this rich and creamy mac; the kids will love that it’s an easy way to eat ketchup by the spoonful. Add a few peas for good measure. Get the recipe: One-Pot Mac and Cheese

pot of creamy macaroni and cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on Feb 03, 2019

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