When you spend your days creating and recording your culinary pursuits, it’s inevitable you’ll end up with an incredible ability to satisfy even the toughest of taste buds.That’s probably no truer than when it comes to our top 100 food bloggers and kids’ picky palates.
We reached out to them to ask the age-old question: how they get their kids to dine — not whine — at the table. From weekend brunch ideas to after-school munchies, the dishes they came up with are certain to make your little ones’ hearts melt. Check out 18 of their go-to kid-friendly recipes here!
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1 of 19Read on to see how some of our top 100 food bloggers answered!
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies 2 of 19My children (and all of the children that I know) cannot say no to a cookie. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies make everyone happy!
- Bree Grossman Hester
Get the recipe at Baked Bree
Mini corn-dog muffins 3 of 19Mini corn dog muffins have never failed the kid test. They taste like fried corn dogs, but are healthy and delicious.
- Meredith Steele
Get the recipe at In Sock Monkey Slippers
Healthy baked chicken nuggets 4 of 19Healthy baked chicken nuggets are my number one kid-friendly recipe. What's not to love?!
- Gina Homolka
Get the recipe at Skinnytaste
BBQ chicken sandwiches 5 of 19My kids are big chicken fans, and they love BBQ. They love, love, LOVE my shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches that I make in the slow cooker!
- Leslie Green
Get the recipe at The Hungry Housewife
Homemade pancake mix 6 of 19Pancakes are always a big hit with the kids. They'll eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Needless to say, we go through a lot of pancake mix. That's why I make my own — so I can make pancakes anytime of day in no time at all!
Get the recipe at Food and Whine
Vegetable Manchurian 7 of 19It's got to be vegetable Manchurian, an Indo-Chinese recipe of deep fried vegetable balls served in seriously tasty sweet and sour sauce. From small kids to big kids, you can't stop eating one and will always come back for second and third servings!
- Sia Krishna
Get the recipe at Monsoon Spice
Spaghetti and meatballs 8 of 19Spaghetti and meatballs, of course. I've never met a child that didn't love them. Having a recipe that isn't high in fat helps, too!
- Christiane Potts
Get the recipe at Taking on Magazines
Kettle corn 9 of 19Family movie night would not be complete without our homemade kettle corn. It's our little one's favorite treat. It has also been known to "pop up" in between movie nights as well!
Get the recipe at Delightful Delicacies
Fish-free, seaweed-free sushi 10 of 19My fish-free, seaweed-free sushi! It's so simple, but provides the perfect medium for soy-sauce dipping, without the fuss of bamboo mats and toasted nori sheets and raw fish. Don't get me wrong, my daughter *devours* raw fish like a hungry bear, but this is significantly more lunchbox- and mummy-friendly.
- Amanda Niehaus
Get the recipe at Easy Peasy Organic
Bittersweet chocolate caramel almond swirl ice cream 11 of 19Ice cream! Caramel, vanilla bean, brown sugar butterscotch chip, creme fraiche stracciatella, blackberry, popcorn, mint chocolate chip... It's a bit out of control around here. My daughter Bella is always coming up with new flavors. Dash, my son, hovers over the machine and calls me over when the ice cream is firm. They lick the paddle, scoop the icy remains from the edge of the bowl, and smile. Here's my current favorite: bittersweet chocolate caramel almond swirl.
- Phyllis Grant
Get the recipe at Dash and Bella
Homemade whole wheat crackers 12 of 19My kids miss bread products, since we stay "low-gluten". So whenever I make my homemade whole wheat crackers, they don't last long!
Get the recipe at Kitchen Stewardship
Zucchini bread with applesauce 13 of 19Our zucchini bread with applesauce is always a huge hit… and it's healthy, too!
- Kelsey Banfield
Get the recipe at The Naptime Chef
Ninja fried chicken 14 of 19My kids absolutely love Japanese and Chinese food... go figure! They are pretty picky about most things, but if I can put an Asian spin on a recipe, then they are guaranteed to eat it. It makes for a nice switch from their usual all-things-pizza requests. Their absolute favorite is what we call Ninja Fried Chicken (aka Chicken Katsu) chicken breasts pounded thin, coated in panko bread crumbs, fried and served with a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. I usually serve it with some rice and vegetables, depending on what we have on hand.
- Holly Hanks
Get the recipe at PheMOMenon
Salmon burger with ginger lime dipping sauce 15 of 19Fish in any form is always a winning dinner in this house. One of our favorite go-to recipes is this hearty, healthy salmon burger with ginger lime dipping sauce. There is a never a crumb left when we serve up this family favorite!
- Julie Mastbrook
Get the recipe atMommie Cooks
Nutella doughnuts 16 of 19If there's one thing that will bring a smile to my daughter's face, it's these Nutella doughnuts!
- Sukaina Rajabali
Get the recipe at Sips and Spoonfuls
Slow-cooker tortellini lasagna casserole 17 of 19My kids loved this dish and didn't even notice the spinach or mushrooms! You could easier swap out the tortellini with frozen raviolis, and try adding some red bell pepper for a nice flavor boost. I made a lot so we could have leftovers... but I never even saw the leftovers because they were gone so quickly!
- Karen Bellessa Petersen
Get the recipe at , 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Zucchini lasagna 18 of 19When kids are involved in the cooking process, not only do they become invested in the steps, but they also enjoy the give-and-take of input coupled with appreciation for what goes into dishes. The recipe that involves my kids most and makes them the happiest is our "make your own" lasagna, where fresh zucchini is thin-sliced and used in place of the noodles. And because we top our layers with pizza ingredients, each picky nosher can customize their own section with pepperoni, ham, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, or many of the fresh vegetables I keep on hand. Now if only someone had that kind of excitement about cleaning the kitchen afterwards…
- Jamie VanEaton
Get the recipe at Your Lighter Side
Banana cream pie… in jars 19 of 19My mind immediately jumped to the happy faces of my kids (do kids include my husband?) when I handed them "Banana Cream Pie... in Jars!" They licked their lips and scraped the bottom of the jars with very happy noises indeed. This is a really fun dessert that is easy to make and so much fun to eat. For my husband, it brings back happy memories of eating banana cream pie when he was little…one of his favorite desserts.
- Sarah Kenney
Get the recipe at Snippets of Thyme
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