This post is sponsored by Dairy Australia
Three out of my four kids don’t drink milk.
In fact, they would rather eat their cereal dry than add milk to it!
Personally I think that is all kinds of wrong (dry cereal? You have to be kidding!), but over the years I’ve learned that it’s much better to work with a child’s likes and dislikes, than try and force them to eat a particular food in a particular way.
I know my kids should be having more dairy, and milk is such an easy way to add more calcium and other good stuff – like protein and vitamins – to my kids’ diet, plus it’s cheap to buy, and sitting right there in my fridge, so lately I’ve been on a bit of a mission to get us all consuming at least 2-3 servings of milk per day.
With three kids who don’t like milk I needed to be a bit more creative than simply pouring them an extra glass of milk, so I hit up the Legendairy site and clicked through the recipes in their Dairy Kitchen.
I was looking for three things:
- Ideas that would encourage my ‘non-milk drinkers’ to give milk a try – so they needed to include other ingredients they loved, be fun, and a little different.
- Recipes that my kids could cook themselves – there is no better way to get my kids to try something new than to involve them in making it.
- Ideas that were quick and easy and didn’t require fancy ingredients – if we are going to eat it all the time it can’t be difficult.
Thankfully it wasn’t hard to find loads of recipes and ideas, and I got my kids to pick a couple each to try out.
Our absolute favourite recipe was the delicious, fruity bread and butter puddings
The kids can make these puddings almost entirely on their own, and because they are made in individual serves everyone can choose the fruit they like best– my girls are mad for berries, my big boy loves apricots and my small boy chose apple.
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon castor sugar
- 1 cup Milk
- 10gm Butter
- 4 slices raisin bread
- Frozen berries or fruit of choice.
- mixed spice, for sprinkling
- Preheat the often to 150 Celsius and butter/grease four 1/2 cup ramekins or ovenproof dishes.
- Whisk eggs and sugar together until combined and gradually add milk.
- Butter the bread, trim the crusts and cut each piece into 4 triangles.
- Layer the bread triangles into dishes, add the berries or fruit, pour over milk mixture and sprinkle with mixed spice.
- Let them stand for 5 minutes.
- Bake the puddings at 150°C for 40 minutes or until set.
- Let them stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Here are six more ‘milky’ recipes my kids put on the list to try:
This sweet treat was a huge hit. It’s quick and easy to make and lots of fun to shake up, and even kids who avoid milk like it because it tastes like an ice cream sandwich!
My girls love making something special for dessert while I make dinner. They made this with left over banana muffins cut in half on the bottom and it was delicious.
I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas and since this one involves berries I know my girls will give it a try.
My nine year old wants to learn to make these scrambled eggs for an easy weekend dinner. He plans to switch the spinach for green beans because they are his favourite.
Only half my kids will eat regular mashed potato, but adding sweet potato ups it to three out of four and I’m calling that a win!
I’ve won over one of my kids who doesn’t like milk with smoothies, now I’m working on the rest of them because they are so quick and easy to make!
Even my kids who were sure they didn’t like milk have found one or two milk-based recipes or ideas that they really love, which makes getting my kids to eat enough dairy so much easier.
Now we’ve got seven days’ worth of recipes and ideas, and a whole lot more at The Dairy Kitchen web site, so there’s no excuse for us not be consuming more milk.
Do you have kids who don’t like milk?
Do you worry about your kids not getting enough dairy?
How to do you encourage your kids to have more milk?
If you’ve got any great recipes or ideas I’d love to try them! Leave a comment below and feel free to link to or share your best milky recipes and ideas. Let’s see if we can all get our kids consuming a more milk!