15 Kid-Friendly Recipes You Can Cook with Your Little Sous Chefs
Little ones will never know they're sneaking in more nutrition and fiber by using white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose in the homemade pizza crust! Please picky eaters by allowing everyone to top their own creation before it hits the oven.
Kids can: Mix, knead, and shape dough; top as desired
Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower Mash
Oven-fried and dunked in yogurt before dusting with cornmeal, these chicken tenders are a big nutrition upgrade from your kid's favorite fast-food staple. A side of mashed cauliflower and potatoes drizzled with a fresh cilantro pesto will make your family forget all about french fries.
Kids can: Mash cauliflower and potatoes; dip chicken in yogurt and cornmeal
Fun fact: You don't always have to hide vegetables. Teach your little ones to embrace them in this hearty yet healthy comfort food pasta dinner.
Kids can: Peel carrot ribbons (with parental supervision); stir turkey and vegetables
New-Fashioned Hot Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches
Give this school-lunch favorite a modern, lightened-up renovation with a cauliflower mash and a pretty open-face structure.
Kids can: Whisk gravy (with supervision); layer sandwich components
Zoodle Pizza Casserole
Zucchini is magically transformed into an ingredient even the most vegetable-averse kids will ask for again and again when it's spiralized into "zoodles" and loaded with pizza toppings.
Kids can: Help spiralize zoodles; salt and pat zoodles dry; mix casserole ingredients; top with cheese and pepperoni
PB&J French Toast Sticks
Combine your child’s favorite breakfast and lunch recipes in these dunkable French toast sticks. Set out a few different nut butter and jelly options so each stick is a different flavor adventure.
Kids can: Flatten bread; spread peanut butter and jelly; roll sticks in batter (before baking) and cinnamon-sugar (after baking)
Make-It-Mine Mac and Cheese
With multigrain pasta and reduced-fat milk and cheese, this healthified mac and cheese can be dressed up in a variety of ways depending on the mood. Feeling healthy? Add kale. Craving crunch? Top with cornflakes.
Kids can: Stir together sauce (with supervision); mix in flavor variations of choice
Chocolate Almond Butter Fruit Dip
With a hint of sweetness from honey and dessertlike flavors courtesy of almond butter and chocolate-hazelnut spread, this Greek yogurt dip makes eating fruit a treat.
Kids can: Whisk dip ingredients
These cheese-laced tots start with leftover mashed white or sweet potatoes. If spicy foods aren't at the top of your family's must-eat list, serve with ketchup instead of the sriracha sour cream.
Kids can: Stir together mashed potato mixture; scoop tots; roll tots in panko; mix dipping sauce
Save time -- and dishes -- by cooking spaghetti right in the same pot as the meaty marinara sauce. Add a salad and garlic bread, and a full Italian dinner can be on the table in just 40 minutes!
Kids can: Stir ingredients (with supervision); break dried spaghetti
Crusty Fish Sticks
Coat in panko and pan-fry to achieve the same crunchy crust that makes your kids beg for box after box of frozen fish sticks. In place of store-bought tartar sauce, this healthy dinner recipe calls for a speedy homemade cilantro-garlic aioli.
Kids can: Whisk aioli; combine fish and marinade ingredients in bag; dip fish in cornstarch, eggs, and panko
Pizza Quinoa Bites
Think of these itty-bitty bites as poppable pizzas. Little hands can easily hold on to the protein-packed (thanks, quinoa!) snacks.
Kids can: Coat muffin cups in nonstick spray; stir together ingredients
Peanut Butter, Apple, and Celery Breakfast Sandwich
Feed your little ones fruits and vegetables at snack time with this quick and easy recipe. It's like ants on a log layered on toasted seven-grain bread.
Kids can: Spread peanut butter; top as desired
Dark Chocolate Banana Nut Pops
Freeze! Leave those rainbow-color pops on the grocery shelves. These fruit snacks taste like dessert but contain only ingredients you can actually pronounce.
Kids can: Spoon almond butter on bananas; push lollipop sticks in bananas; roll bananas in chopped almonds
One-Bowl Chocolate S'more Cake
Enjoy a taste of summer campfire fun any day of the year with this chocolate-marshmallow cake. Use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour for a fiber boost.
Kids can: Stir together dry ingredients; top baked cake with marshmallow creme and graham cracker crumbs