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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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