The 10 Best Kid Friendly Recipe's

Published: March 30, 2014

After many years of being a step-mom, an aunt, and a nanny, I've compiled a master list of kid friendly recipes.  What is a "kid friendly recipe" exactly?  A kid friendly recipe is something that young children can help to make, safely with supervision, while having fun and will love to eat.  Letting your kids help you out in the kitched is also a good way to teach them about food safety and how to properly cook food.

  1. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

    Kids can help grate the cheese and measure the ingredients.

    Ingredients:
    2 Cups Elbow Macaroni
    4 Tablespoons Butter
    1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
    1 1/2 Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
    1 Dash Salt
    1 Dash Pepper

    Directions:

    Boil pasta and allow to cool in a separate dish.  Over low heat, add butter, evaporated milk, and cheese.  Stir slowly until melted.  Add salt and pepper.  Combine pasta and cheese sauce.

    Photo courtesy of:  http://eatathomecooks.com

  2. Fruity Marshmellow Treats

    Kiddos can help stir the marshmallows and press the treats.

    Ingredients:

    1/4 Cup Butter
    8 1/2 Cups Fruity Pebbles
    10 Ounces Mini Marshmallows

    Directions:

    Melt butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan.  Add marshmallows and stir slowly until completely melted.  Add fruity pebbles and mix.  Press firmly into 9"x13" greased glass baking dish.

    Photo courtesy of:  http://www.playingwithflour.com

  3. Baked Cheese Balls

    This is easy for kids to prepare on their own.

    Ingredients:

    3 Sticks String Cheese1/4 Cup Skim Milk
    1 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Cut string cheese into 6-8 pieces per stick.  Dip each piece in skim milk and then dip in bread crumbs.  Place on cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 10 minutes.

    Photo courtesy of:  http://simplysharpe.com

  4. Homemade Lemonade

    Kids can help squeeze the lemons!

    Ingredients:

    4 Large Lemons
    1 Cup Sugar
    1/2 Gallon Water

    Directions:

    Squeeze lemons into medium bowl and pick out the seeds.  Mix lemon juice, sugar and water and refrigerate for 2 hours (I've found that I can sneak fruit in there some times [apples in particular] since the lemon juice will act as a preservative).

    Photo courtesy of:  http://www.simplysogood.com

  5. Mini German Pancakes

    Kids can help measure and mix ingredients and fill crater at the end.

    Ingredients:

    1 Cup Milk
    6 Large Eggs
    1 Cup Flour
    1/2 Teaspoon Salt
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    1/2 Stick Melted Butter

    Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Blend milk, eggs, flour, salt and vanilla until smooth.  Slowly add melted butter and mix in.  Grease muffin pan and fill slightly less than half full.  Bake for about 15 minutes until puffy and golden.  Add filling of choice immediately and dust with powdered sugar if desired.

    Photo courtesy of:  http://realmomkitchen.com

  6. Cookie Cake

    Kids can mix and pour!

    Ingredients:

    1 Box White Cake Mix
    2 Large Beaten Eggs
    1 Stick Melted Butter
    2 Cups Chocolate Chips

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9"x13" glass baking dish.  Combine all ingredients.  Pour and bake for 20 minutes.  Frost if desired.

    Photo courtesy of:  homemaking-decoratin.blogspot.com

  7. Bacon Ranch Potatoes

    Kids can crush the bacon and mix the ingredients.

    Ingredients:

    10 Sliced Baby Red Potatoes
    6 Slices Cooked Bacon
    1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Cook bacon until well done and thinly slice potatoes.  When bacon is done and drained, place in large ziploc bag and close.  Crush bacon into small pieces.  Add potatoes and ranch mix to bag and shake vigorously until completely mixed.  Pour mixture on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

    Photo courtesy of:  https://www.hiddenvalley.com

  8. Apple Pie Cookies

    This is easy for kids to prepare on their own.

    Ingredients:

    20 Ounce Can Apple Pie Filling
    1/4 Cup Cinnamon Sugar (Mix as desired)
    16 Ounces Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Press 3/4 of the cookie dough into an 8"x8" glass baking dish.  Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.  Pour apple pie filling over base.  Sprinkle small pieces of the remaining cookie dough over the pie filling and top with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake 35 to 45 minutes.

    Photo courtesy of:  www.foodvee.com

  9. Homemade Chia Jam

    Kids can blend together ingredients, but they're generally more fascinated by the science of the chia seeds turning the strawberries into a gel/jam like substance.

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 Cups Strawberries
    2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
    2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

    Directions:

    Cut the leaves off of the top of strawberries and place in blender.  Add honey and chia seeds.  Blend briefly until slightly chunky.  Pour into jar and refrigerate over night.

    Photo courtesy of:  www.thecleandish.com

  10. Homemade Baked Chicken Strips

    Easy for kids to prepare and good for teaching about food safety, cross contamination, and hand washing.

    Ingredients:

    1 Cup Bread Crumbs1 Large Egg, Beaten
    1/2 Teaspoon Salt
    1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
    1/2 Cup Flour
    1 Pound Chicken Tenderloins
    1/4 Cup Butter

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place bread crumbs, salt and pepper in one bowl and mix.  In another bowl, put the flour.  In a third bowl, put the beaten egg.  Dip one tenderloin into flour and pat off excess.  Then dip the tenderloin into the egg and then into the bread crumbs.  Then place the chicken on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.  Repeat with the rest of the tenderloins.  Bake 20 minutes.

    Photo courtest of:  www.101cookingfortwo.com

Obviously, ever child has their own unique tastes and preferences.  Any recipe can be made into a fun learning experience for kids.  Cooking is a skill that will last them a lifetime and can lead to healthier eating habits down the road.  Who knows, you may have a little Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray on your hands!