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Recipes Older Kids Can Make Themselves

These recipes are perfect for older kids to make by themselves for delicious after-school snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please share your recipes for dishes that older kids can make by themselves, and we'll include them here. Have younger kids? Check out our recipes to make with kids!


Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

The ingredients listed here are ideas for various lunchbox snacks. Small servings with many choices works for kids because variety is key to healthy eating. Providing your...
Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars (aka Magic Bars) get a magical makeover with old-fashioned oats, walnuts, a handful of mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and low-fat sweetened condensed...
Butterfly Fruit Snacks

Butterfly Fruit Snacks

One day I asked my very 2-year-old daughter what she'd like to have for a snack. She looked at me with an impish grin on her face and said, "Butterflies!" Just as I was about...
Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

On first glance it may seem like there are a lot of steps to this recipe, but don't let that scare you off. Each one is so easy that even a kid can do them. In fact, stirring,...
After-School Gorp

After-School Gorp

Gorp is another name for trail mix, and, according to some stands for "good ole raisins and peanuts." Everyone loves this portable, adaptable snack!
Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Family-Friendly Chicken Curry Over Rice

Though the recipe calls for one batch of my Simple White Sauce, my kids love this dish so much that I usually double or triple the recipe (and the sauce) for make-ahead dinners...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Lemonade Cookies

Lemonade Cookies

These cookies, made with lemonade concentrate, have a hint of tartness but don't worry; it's tempered by the sweetness of the sugar.

Super Nacho Casserole

No Mayonnaise Tuna Salad

No Mayonnaise Tuna Salad

A sweet salad dressing replaces heavier (and higher fat content) mayonnaise in this tuna salad recipe.
Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas

Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas

Quesadillas can be healthy especially if you stuff them with lots of veggies, lean meat, and low-fat cheese. That’s exactly what we do with this recipe. To increase the...
Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Move over milkshakes. There’s a new kid-favorite beverage in town: fruit smoothies. This refreshing and nutritious mango smoothie is so simple, most children will have...
Pineapple Kabobs

Pineapple Kabobs

This recipe is super easy and tasty. Make a platter for a party or make a few for your child's snack. Mini kabobs look fancy and are fun to make—even little fingers can...
Best Ever Brownies

Best Ever Brownies

Looking for a brownie that's not too cakey, not too fudgey, easy to make, hard to mess up, and great-tasting? Look no more! The secret: equal parts brown sugar and white...

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Use a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter to make these yummy canine treats. If giving the dog biscuits to a friend's pooch, use the same dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter and trace...
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