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50 Best Recipes for Kids


  • 50 Best Recipes for Kids 1 of 51
    50kids
    Allergen-free, meals for picky eaters, and more!
  • Grilled Meatloaf Burgers 2 of 51
    Grilled Meatloaf Burgers
    Have a kid who swears he doesn’t like meatloaf? Serve up these smoky, satisfying sandwiches and see what he says after he takes a bite.
    Make grilled meatloaf burgers »
  • Asian Fish Cakes 3 of 51
    Asian Fish Cakes
    No sneaking in the fish here! These cakes just present cod in a fun, bite-sized way that will encourage even the most stubborn kids to try it.
    Make Asian fish cakes »
  • Baked Crispy Chicken Fingers with Apple Fries 4 of 51
    Baked Crispy Chicken Fingers with Apple Fries
    We’d like to see any kid snub an offering that includes chicken fingers with
    awesome, new apple fries.
    Make baked crispy chicken fingers with Apple Fries »
  • White Castle-Like Sliders 5 of 51
    White Castle-Like Sliders
    Make your kids super happy by imitating the popular fast-food burgers right in your own kitchen!
    Make White Castle-like sliders »
  • Quesadillas 6 of 51
    Quesadillas
    Please any picky eater by letting her choose exactly what she wants to put into
    these quick quesadillas.
    Make quesadillas »
  • Brookes Famous BBQ Chicken 7 of 51
    Brookes Famous BBQ Chicken
    This chicken recipe is a favorite from a small upstate NY town — but your kids can enjoy it from anywhere with this easy BBQ recipe!
    Make Brooke’s famous BBQ chicken »
  • Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Pockets 8 of 51
    Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
    If your kids adore Hot Pockets but you can’t stand buying stuff from the frozen-food aisle, give this version a go — it’s made with fresh pie crust, cheese, and pepperoni, so you know exactly what’s inside.
    Make homemade pepperoni pizza pockets »
  • Gina Neelys Cheesy Corkscrews 9 of 51
    Gina Neelys Cheesy Corkscrews
    As if super cheesy mac wasn’t enough to please your picky eater, we throw some crunchy bacon on top for good measure.
    Make Gina Neely’s cheesy corkscrews »
  • Kale Chips 10 of 51
    Kale Chips
    Once your kid tastes these “green potato chips” (between you and us, they’re kale chips) they may never eat real potato chips again!
    Make kale chips »
  • Broccoli Cheese Emerald Nuggets 11 of 51
    Broccoli Cheese Emerald Nuggets
    Your kids will be so excited to see breaded cheese in front of them that they won't even realize there's some broccoli tucked in there, too!
    Make broccoli cheese emerald nuggets »
  • Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup 12 of 51
    Homemade Chicken and Stars Soup
    Got a sniffly kid sick from school? Ditch the canned soup and whip up a batch of this homemade version, chock full of carrots and chicken.
    Make homemade chicken and stars soup »
  • White Bean Veggie Burger 13 of 51
    White Bean Veggie Burger
    Want to make use of your white bean stock in the pantry? Mash them into burgers to give your family a fiber-, protein-, and vitamin-rich meal!
    Make white bean veggie burgers »
  • Eggplant Parmigiana in a Pasta Sauce 14 of 51
    Eggplant Parmigiana in a Pasta Sauce
    Load ‘em up on veggies with this sauce that is so good, kids won’t even know it’s healthy.
    Make eggplant parmigiana in a pasta sauce »
  • ZigZag Chicken Skewers 15 of 51
    ZigZag Chicken Skewers
    Kids love fun food, and it doesn’t get much more fun than chicken on a stick (with a couple of extra veggies thrown in)!
    Make zigzag chicken skewers »
  • Vegetable Lasagna 16 of 51
    Vegetable Lasagna
    This recipe is packed with mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, and red peppers — and the freezable leftovers mean that tomorrow night’s dinner will be just as healthy (and easy!).
    Make vegetable lasagna »
  • Spinach and Feta Mac and Cheese 17 of 51
    Spinach and Feta Mac and Cheese
    Have your past homemade mac and cheese attempts been vetoed by picky eaters? Try this one, which is creamy, greeny, and kid-approved.
    Make spinach and feta mac and cheese »
  • Allergen-free Cinnamon Buns 18 of 51
    Allergen-free Cinnamon Buns
    Allergy-free doesn’t have to mean bland! Spice things up with these rich cinnamon buns that are great for breakfast and dessert.
    Make allergen-free cinnamon buns »
  • Nut-free Granola Bars 19 of 51
    Nut-free Granola Bars
    Now even kids with allergies can enjoy a granola bar! This nut-free version is the perfect snack to keep kids going all day!
    Make nut-free granola bars »
  • Gluten- and Dairy-free Chicken Fingers 20 of 51
    Gluten- and Dairy-free Chicken Fingers
    No gluten, no dairy, no problem! Silvana Nardone’s amazing chicken fingers will surely become a favorite in your kitchen, allergies or no.
    Make gluten- and dairy-free chicken fingers »
  • Gluten-free Onion Rings 21 of 51
    Gluten-free Onion Rings
    Give comfort food the G-free makeover with these lightly battered onion rings.
    Make gluten-free onion rings »
  • Dairy-free Potato Alfredo Pasta 22 of 51
    Dairy-free Potato Alfredo Pasta
    Now your lactose-intolerant kids can indulge in a delicious Alfredo pasta — this dairy-free version is made with cannellini beans and vegan mayo!
    Make dairy-free potato Alfredo pasta »
  • Gluten-Free Two-Minute Mug Brownie 23 of 51
    Gluten-Free Two-Minute Mug Brownie
    If a gluten allergy has kept your kids from the instant gratification of a microwavable mug cake, this super-fast dessert will change all that!
    Make gluten-free two-minute brownies »
  • Nut-free Butterscotch Treats 24 of 51
    Nut-free Butterscotch Treats
    Sometimes the sweetest treats are allergy-free! Makeover your usual Rice Krispies treats with butterscotch and white chocolate!
    Make nut-free butterscotch treats »
  • Egg- and Dairy-free Coconut Sorbet 25 of 51
    Egg- and Dairy-free Coconut Sorbet
    Give your kids a tropical vacation from an allergy-filled world with this creamy, coconut-y sorbet!
    Make egg- and dairy-free coconut sorbet »
  • Spaghetti Tacos 26 of 51
    Spaghetti Tacos
    Imagine how thrilled your kids will be when the favorite food of iCarly and company presents itself on your dinner table!
    Make spaghetti tacos »
  • Sloppy Joes 27 of 51
    Sloppy Joes
    This messy meal will put a smile on any kid’s face (and the zucchini that you sneak in will make it into his stomach).
    Make sloppy joes »
  • Potato Nachos 28 of 51
    Potato Nachos
    You can give your kids a fun, yet healthy dinner with these potassium-rich potatoes loaded up with veggies and cheese.
    Make potato nachos »
  • Broccoli Pesto 29 of 51
    Broccoli Pesto
    This ridiculously yummy chicken and pasta with pesto sauce will catch your kids off-guard — they’ll actually be eating broccoli, too!
    Make broccoli pesto »
  • Lemon Pork Chops 30 of 51
    Lemon Pork Chops
    Lemon is the simplest seasoning to please discriminatory eaters. Plus, tell your kids you got this recipe from Twitter and they’ll want to know more.
    Make lemon pork chops »
  • Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce 31 of 51
    A meal that kids can see through — it’s like having X-ray vision at the dinner table! Make Vietnamese rice paper rolls with peanut sauce »
  • Spaghetti 32 of 51
    Spaghetti
    Promise the kids you’ll let them play with the clamshells during dinner and you have yourself a quick meal that everyone will enjoy.
    Make spaghetti & clams »
  • Spicy, Cozy Chili Bean Soup 33 of 51
    Spicy, Cozy Chili Bean Soup
    There’s nothing better on a chilly afternoon than a warm soup simmering on the stove. Kids will love dipping bread into this hearty recipe that’s sure to become a wintertime staple.
    Make spicy, cozy chili bean soup »
  • Oven-Fried Chicken 34 of 51
    Oven-Fried Chicken
    If you’re not so great at frying chicken, try this version that’s baked in the oven. It ends up crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and eaten clean off everyone’s plates!
    Make oven-fried chicken »
  • Vegetarian Broccoli Pizza 35 of 51
    Vegetarian Broccoli Pizza
    Kids can choose their own toppings and make a pizza that has everything they want in taste and everything you want in health.
    Make vegetarian broccoli pizza »
  • Angry Birds Mini Pizzas 36 of 51
    Angry Birds Mini Pizzas
    Why wait until dinner to entice kids with one of their favorite foods? This handheld version makes a great after-school snack.
    Make Angry Birds mini pizzas »
  • Sweet Potato Chips 37 of 51
    Sweet Potato Chips
    Even the pickiest kids won’t be able to resist the sweet-salty crunch of these healthy potato chips.
    Make sweet potato chips »
  • California Walnut Trail Mix 38 of 51
    California Walnut Trail Mix
    With kids zipping around all the time between school, soccer practice, and sleepovers, it can be hard to fit in a healthy snack. Luckily this protein-filled trail mix recipe is portable, filling, and tasty — guaranteed to keep their energy levels up.
    Make California walnut trail mix »
  • Easy Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches 39 of 51
    Easy Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches
    Quell the after-school munchies with this snack of apples, peanut butter, and chocolate — an easy way to give your kids something salty, sweet, and healthy all in one!
    Make easy peanut butter apple sandwiches »
  • Two-Minute Candied Nuts 40 of 51
    Two-Minute Candied Nuts
    Kids will crave the sugary crunch of this super-quick snack, which is healthier than
    cookies or chocolate.
    Make two-minute candied nuts »
  • Carrot Cake Cookies 41 of 51
    Carrot Cake Cookies
    Kids will think they’re getting an extra-special treat when you hand them these all-natural cookies, made with whole-wheat flour and flax.
    Make carrot cake cookies »
  • Squirmy, Wormy Apples 42 of 51
    Squirmy, Wormy Apples
    Kids love gross things, and this sweet and squirmy worm making its way out of a crunchy apple
    is no exception.
    Make squirmy, wormy apples »
  • Caramel Surprise Peanut Butter Cookies 43 of 51
    Caramel Surprise Peanut Butter Cookies
    Sometimes kids just need a treat after a long day. And peanut butter cookies oozing with warm caramel? Go ahead, let them have two.
    Make caramel surprise peanut butter cookies »
  • Fun Sandwiches 44 of 51
    Fun Sandwiches
    Kids will be begging to go to school just to see which designs you’ve packed in their lunchboxes!
    Make fun sandwiches »
  • Sneaky Zucchini Chicken Nuggets 45 of 51
    Sneaky Zucchini Chicken Nuggets
    Sometimes a little dishonesty is a good thing … your kids will never know they’re gobbling up valuable veggies and protein with this easy weekend lunch idea.
    Make sneaky zucchini chicken nuggets »
  • Egg Salad Wrap 46 of 51
    Egg Salad Wrap
    One bite of this wrap accented by buttery avocado, and your kid will know: This isn’t a typical egg salad sandwich!
    Make egg salad wrap »
  • Homemade Lunchables 47 of 51
    Homemade Lunchables
    Forget the boxed stuff — your kids will be the envy of all their friends when they pull out what one tiny taste-tester dubbed the “awesomest Lunchables ever!”
    Make homemade Lunchables »
  • The BEST Chicken Salad 48 of 51
    The BEST Chicken Salad
    Brown-bagging it for lunch? Sweeten the deal for your kids with this chicken salad recipe loaded with fresh roasted chicken and dried cherries.
    Make the BEST chicken salad »
  • Pinto Bean Dip with Pita and Carrots 49 of 51
    Pinto Bean Dip with Pita and Carrots
    Give your kids a break from their usual sandwich routines and serve up this healthy lunch, where dipping is part of the fun!
    Make pinto bean dip with pita and Carrots »
  • Panini with Italian Meats and Mozzerella 50 of 51
    Panini with Italian Meats and Mozzerella
    Paninis are one of the most versatile, effortlessly fancy meals out there. Let kids pick their own ingredients and watch them gobble it up when it’s ready to eat.
    Make panini with Italian meats and mozzerella »
  • Layered Fiesta Rice Salad 51 of 51
    Layered Fiesta Rice Salad
    It’s a party in a cup! Kids will love the ribbons of color so much they won’t even realize
    they’re eating veggies.
    Make layered fiesta rice salad »

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