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Nutrition & Feeding

11 Easy Recipes Kids Can Help Make

Kids can help with these delish meals you can make together


Keep hungry kids busy by enlisting their help in the kitchen. Bonus: Picky eaters are more likely to dig in when it's something they've helped make.

Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breasts

Give your small sous-chef a rolling pin and let him crush up potato chips to make the topping for this three-ingredient recipe. (Via Foodie Crush )

Rainbow Pancakes

After you mix up the batter, divide it into six bowls and let your child create the perfect hot-cake hues by adding a few drops bright food coloring. (Via I Am Baker )

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Task your child with breaking up the pasta noodles that go into this recipe and he might not notice you sautéing up the zucchini and carrots that are a part of the broth. (Via Iowa Girl Eats )

Steak Fajita Bowl

Put the meat in a deep glass dish, and then let your child add seasonings to make the mouthwatering marinade for this dish. Plate perk: Customize with guac, corn, tomatoes, or whatever ingredients your family likes best. (Via Little Spice Jar )

Healthy Mini Shepherd's Pies

Pass off the hand masher to your kid so she can smash and mash the fluffy potato topping while you cook the one-skillet filling. (Via Skinny Mom )

Taco Stuffed Peppers

Line a baking dish with green, yellow, and red peppers, and then by color, have your mini spoon in the zesty turkey mixture. (Via Dashing Dish )

Broccoli Chicken Mac & Cheese

Tot task: Mix the cheese sauce, broccoli, chicken and pasta together in a baking dish. And then have him sprinkle some extra cheddar cheese on top (you know-so he forgets there's a green veggie in there). (Via Gimme Some Oven )

Egg in a Heart Toast

Kid chefs use a cookie cutter to punch fun shapes in the bread for this recipe, which means one less step for you. Now that's something to heart. (Via Joy of Kosher )

Tuna "Sushi" Snacks

It only takes 10 minutes to make these tasty towers. Have your tiny foodie contribute by piling on fresh ingredients, like mango and cucumber-it will feel like a game of stacking blocks. (Via Chelsea's Messy Apron )

Vegetarian Mexican Salad Boats

Have your chef fill romaine hearts with a mix of black beans, sweet potato, and crunchy corn. Call 'em "boats" and suddenly she'll forget she's eating salad. (Via Bev Cooks )

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Fit tortillas into a muffin tin, and then your kiddo can add layers of sauce, cheese, and any toppings you choose. (Via Damn Delicious )