Kid-friendly food used to mean homemade vegetable soup and cake—these days parents have fast food and vending machines to compete with. It can be tough to get kids to eat a balanced diet; our kid-friendly recipes make it easy.
Skip the marshmallows (and extra sugar). The kids will love the super-sized orange “fries” loaded with beta carotene.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Brown Butter
Give these Brussels Sprouts a new name to tempt the kids into eating them. They’ll love the browned butter and bacon. Barbie Cabbages, anyone?
Green Beans with Figs and Pumpkin Seeds
A sauce for green beans that both kids and adults will love.
Green Beans with Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce
A dipping sauce for green beans that kids will love. You can make it a day ahead.
Green Beans with Maple Mustard Glaze
A sweet-tangy sauce for green beans that kids will love. You can make it a day ahead.
These potatoes are such a nice change from the usual baked or mashed, and your kids can peel off one little bite at a time.
Turkey Caprese Sliders
The ingredients for the classic Italian salad (tomatoes, mozzarella and basil) team up with ground turkey for fresh summer sliders.
Turkey Vegetable Sliders
Kid-sized plates need kid-sized food. These Turkey Vegetables Sliders, with zucchini and carrot, are a perfect choice for kids.
Crunchy Wild Striped Bass
This recipe from Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, Chicago, is a perfect way to introduce kids to fish.
Almond Butter Turtle Cookies
Almond butter and chocolate turtle candies make a rich, chewy cookie perfect with a glass of milk.
Brown Sugar and Lime-Glazed Shrimp and Pineapple Kebabs
A little sweet, a little sticky, a little spicy… Oh! And kids will love them too!
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Skewers of savory chicken and a luscious peanut sauce for dipping. Satay is the perfect dish for introducing kids to the flavors of the world.
Pasta with Meatballs and Sauce
A classic meat combo for meatballs is about one third each of veal, beef and pork. You can often find this in the meat area of the supermarket labeled “meat loaf mixture,” and if so, your work is done.
Kitchen Sink Chopped Salad
This is a kitchen sink salad. As in, Step 1: Open vegetable bins and peer inside. Step 2: Save any depressing looking vegetables for soup and pull out the rest for this big-bowl salad.