Little Beef Skewers!  I think skewers are amazing for giving kids a way to interact with new foods. They still require some motor planning but not as much as cutlery. And they are a way to get the foods within a few centimeters of their hands remembering that for some fussy kids, interaction with a tool is an earlier step along the steps to eating hierarchy than touching, smelling, kissing or tasting. Interaction is so important for building confidence with new foods.

This recipe is also a great one for busy, busy weeknights. I marinate the beef in advance as well as soaking the skewers. I thread them quickly and then they only needed a few minutes on each side to cook. You can also thread them during the afternoon in advcance. So, for my family, this was perfect post swimming lesson meal on a night when I only have about 10 minutes from walking in the door until dinner as I am mindful that after a full day of activities and late swimming means my window of attention span and prime eating time is very minimal.

Little Beef Skewers for a Family Friendly Meal by Kids Feeding Specialist, Simone Emery | Play with Food

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Want more to read?

More skewer ideas and more details on why I recommend skewers so often for families with picky / fussy eaters.

Why your meal planning style evolves and changes as your child’s routines changes and how being a flexible meal planner is so important – witching hour (evening) meals for busy families.

Why kids can be fussy / picky about meat – an article that I presented using “toddler speak” and a parents ultimate guide to understanding meat refusal.

What to serve this with?

We served this with some sauteed mushrooms with some coconut aminos and sesame seeds. We also had some green beans sauteed with some crushed garlic and fresh coriander. And a bowl of broadbeans.

You may like to try some stir-fry mixed vegetables, this Asian slaw recipe or these tahini zoodles (with cashews instead of beef). I always think it is important to serve something familiar in the middle of the table alongside a new food for kids so that they can warm up to engaging with the new food and select it for their plate or learning bowl when they choose to.

Little Beef Skewers
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Delicious marinade and simple to make beef skewers that little hands simply love! Allergy friendly beef recipe for family meals.
Serves: 12
  • 400g stir fry beef (or strips of rump steak cut to ½cm thickness)
  • 1tbsp rice bran oil (or peanut oil)
  • Juice from 1 small lime
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 2 pinches of ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 12 small wooden skewers soaked in water
  1. Soak the wooden skewers overnight or for a few hours at least to avoid burning over the heat.
  2. Make the marinade and soak the beef for at least 2 hours. For best results try for longer than 6 hours.
  3. To make the marinade, combine the oil, lime juice, sugar, ground coriander, black pepper and coconut aminos in a glass bowl. Add the strips of beef and coat well. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Thread the skewers with about 3 beef strips per skewer. The desired size for these skewers is about 5cm from the top and 1.5 cm in width. Any bigger and they will take longer to cook and dry the beef out a bit on the edge. The smaller the easier for kids - their mouths don't open that wide remember!
  5. When it is time to cook, I used a shark tooth stove-top gril. You could also use a pan, plancha or BBQ. Or even grill them under a grill. They only need 2 minutes on each side. Overcooking them may make them dry out.

What do I mean by a shark-tooth grill?  This is an amazon affiliate link so that I can show you a picture of what I have at my place. If you purchase via this affiliate link or any others on my website, it costs you no extra but I do earn a small commission.

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