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Recipes To Make With Kids

With equal doses of patience and humor, cooking with kids can be great fun, and a terrific learning experience for them. These recipes are especially easy to follow and perfect to cook with kids. Send us your favorite recipes to make with kids, and we'll include them here!


Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Smiley Face Casserole

Smiley Face Casserole

Traditional Tater Tot casserole with all the trimmings (full-fat cheese, butter, fatty ground beef, and regular cream of mushroom soup), gets a much-needed overhaul with...
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,...
Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Potato latkes are a traditional Hanukkah side dish, and they’re typically made with white potatoes and lots of vegetable oil. We amp up the good nutrition by switching...
Cutie Quiche Cakes

Cutie Quiche Cakes

If your children’s repertoire of vegetables includes mostly carrots, corn, and peas, here’s an easy way to expand it at dinner or breakfast. These healthy little quiche...
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...
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.
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...

Chicken and Apples with Rice

Make this dish spicier by adding additional herbs (see recipe for this variation).
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...
Healthier Hamburger Helper

Healthier Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper may get a bad rap when it comes to good nutrition for families, but this classic boxed dinner can indeed be tweaked to be good for you. Check out our made-from-scratch...
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...
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...
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...