15 Kid-Friendly Recipes You Can Cook with Your Little Sous Chefs

One-Bowl Chocolate S'more Cake
Inspire your kids to sharpen their cooking skills and be more adventurous with their eating habits by cooking together! These kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes are quick and easy, and all have a portion that even the most novice chefs can assist with.

I-Made-It-Myself Pizza

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

Turkey-Carrot Goulash

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

Cheesy Tots

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

One-Pot Spaghetti

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

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