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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!


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.
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"...
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...
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!

Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

They are easy to make and even yummier to eat. They're perfect and decorative for feeding a crowd at a family holiday get-together or celebration.

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.
French Bread Bake

French Bread Bake

Since this recipe must chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour—or overnight—it's perfect to assemble in advance and then place in the oven to bake just in time...
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...
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...
Homestyle Chicken Potpie

Homestyle Chicken Potpie

This delicious time-saving recipe begins with a batch of Carissa's Simple White Sauce, and uses a purchased rotisserie chicken as well as a pre-made pie crust. Make this...
Chicken, lime and coriander nachos

Chicken, lime and coriander nachos

This is a great after school snack to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner! You can even serve it as a starter or side dish. The lime zest and coriander adds a really...
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,...

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...

Chicken and Apples with Rice

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