Superfast Kid-Friendly Recipes

Kid-pleasing meals, snacks, and treats—ready in just 20 minutes!

Fast Kid-Friendly Recipes

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Fast Kid-Friendly Recipes

Picky eaters and never enough time? Dinner doesn't need to be a battle against the clock and finicky taste buds. Our Kid-Friendly Superfast Recipes will have a nutritious dinner they will all love on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Bagel halves are a quick, kid-friendly stand-in for traditional pizza crust.

View Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas

Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches Recipe

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Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches

This delicious handheld breakfast will get the kids going in the morning and out the door without delay. Warm and savory, it will truly start the day off right.

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Baked Mozzarella Bites Recipe

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Baked Mozzarella Bites

Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.

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Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce Recipe

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Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce

For picky eaters, try serving this meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.

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Creamy Ranch-Style Dip Recipe

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Creamy Ranch-Style Dip

Serve this dip with baby carrots, broccoli florets, or other fresh vegetables.

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Chili-Cheese Mac Recipe

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Chili-Cheese Mac

Meaty, cheesy, and delicious—kids will love this comforting dinner. But, that's not all, parents will love it too.

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Tomato-Basil Soup Recipe

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Tomato-Basil Soup

This creamy tomato soup is super flavorful courtesy of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and our delicious blend of ingredients. Don't forget the cheesy French bread. Dunking is a must!

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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

We lightened up a kid-friendly favorite that will still please your pint-sized diners.

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Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce

Saucy, cheesy, and oh-so-flavorful—this will soon become one of your family's new favorites.

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White Chocolate-Cherry Bark Recipe

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White Chocolate-Cherry Bark

Pack a cherry-spiked piece in your child's bag (or you own) for a creamy-crunchy treat.

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Bananas Foster Parfaits Recipe

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Bananas Foster Parfaits

Our Bananas Foster Parfaits are truly a treat for children of any age. Just be sure to make an extra one for yourself.

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Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

An already kid-friendly classic just got kicked up a notch. Kids and adults alike will love these pint-sized sliders.

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Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges Recipe

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Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges

If you can't find Braeburn apples, Gala or Fuji varieties also stand up to dipping and add a touch more sweetness.

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Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches Recipe

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Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Breakfast meets dinner in this play on the Southern favorite. What's not to love about a fun sandwich?

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Chip-Crusted Fish Fillets Recipe

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Chip-Crusted Fish Fillets

The tang in the salt and vinegar chips mellows as the fish bakes in the oven, creating a crunchy spin on fish and chips. Look to hook-and-line-caught Atlantic or Pacific cod for the most sustainable choice.

View Recipe: Chip-Crusted Fish Fillets

Banana-Chocolate French Toast Recipe

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Banana-Chocolate French Toast

For tough-to-please kids, try serving breakfast for dinner. Pair this dish with a mixed fruit cup to round out the meal.

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Chicken and Bean Burritos Recipe

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Chicken and Bean Burritos

Try also using this filling for tacos, quesadillas, or nachos. Adults can spike it with jalapeños.

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Broiled Pineapple Sundaes Recipe

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Broiled Pineapple Sundaes

This sundae also makes a great breakfast parfait—just substitute plain fat-free Greek yogurt for frozen.

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Melty Monsieur Recipe

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Melty Monsieur

Serve fruit with this kid-friendly take on the classic croque monsieur.

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Easy Peach Crisp Recipe

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Easy Peach Crisp

Choose peaches that are ripe but still slightly firm to the touch.

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Cinnamon Crisps with Blackberries and Yogurt

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Cinnamon Crisps with Blackberries and Yogurt

This recipe is just as tasty with fresh blueberries or strawberries. If you can't find wonton wrappers, egg roll wrappers work equally well--just cut them into 3 1/2-inch squares.

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Baked Egg-in-a-Hole

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Baked Egg-in-a-Hole

These bacon-and-egg toasts make for a fun breakfast or easy dinner. This kid-friendly recipe is sure to be a hit, any time of day.

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Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn Balls

This kid-friendly snack only costs $0.32 per serving. Kids will love these as an after school treat.

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Turkey, Apple, and Swiss Melt

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Turkey, Apple, and Swiss Melt

Vary the fruit to suit your kids' preferences—use red- or green-skinned apples or pears.

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Italian Sausage Hoagies

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Italian Sausage Hoagies

The hearty filling garnered rave reviews from our kid panel, and Evan, who usually avoids vegetables, didn’t even notice the sliced bell pepper.

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Beef and Broccoli Bowl

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Beef and Broccoli Bowl

This stir-fry was a hit, and several tasters even went back for seconds. A flavorful sweet-salty sauce helps make the veggie-packed dish (four cups’ worth) easy to love.

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Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Tiny pasta stars will up the fun factor. Or try orzo, alphabet, ditalini, or another small pasta. Swap in your kids’ favorite veggies—spinach or zucchini are good options. Don’t skip the nutty Parmesan, which adds extra depth to the soup’s broth.

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Raspberry Chocolate Parfaits

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Raspberry Chocolate Parfaits

Sweet raspberries and creamy frozen yogurt replace traditional ice cream—a much lower-fat swap that went unnoticed by Maclaine, one of our toughest kid critics.

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Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks

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Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks

Young cooks will enjoy breading the fish sticks and stirring together the tartar sauce. Look for wild-caught Pacific halibut at your fish counter for the most sustainable choice. Avoid Atlantic halibut. For tilapia, buy American farm-raised.

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Peanut Butter Hummus with Cucumber Dippers

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Peanut Butter Hummus with Cucumber Dippers

Hummus is made more kid-friendly with the addition of peanut butter. To easily measure 7 tablespoons water without losing count, pour 1/2 cup into a measuring cup and remove 1 tablespoon.

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Chicken Yakitori Rice Bowl

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Chicken Yakitori Rice Bowl

Mirin is a rice wine low in alcohol, and most of it cooks off in this recipe. For a nonalcoholic substitute, use a mixture of equal parts rice vinegar and sugar.

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Nuts

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Nuts

Kids like the chewy gnocchi, sweet broccoli, and crunchy nuts. Look for shelf-stable packaged gnocchi with the dried pasta.

View Recipe: Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Nuts

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

This pudding isn't just fast, it's easy too. Try sliced bananas on top.

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Maple-Pecan Sundaes with Cinnamon Crisps

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Maple-Pecan Sundaes with Cinnamon Crisps

Vary the nuts to your kids' preferences—walnuts or almonds would be equally tasty.

View Recipe: Maple-Pecan Sundaes with Cinnamon Crisps

Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

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Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

This will be a new family favorite from the very first bite. Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.

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Zucchini Mini Muffins

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Zucchini Mini Muffins

These are tasty for breakfast or as a snack. For even portions, use a small ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin cups.

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Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices

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Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices

For a colorful accompaniment, add mini bell peppers to the broiler pan with the skewers.

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Sunflower Granola Breakfast Parfaits

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Sunflower Granola Breakfast Parfaits

To make this portable breakfast a snap, prepare the granola in advance and store it in an airtight container. Be sure to keep a close eye on the broiler so the granola doesn't burn. You can also sub pitted fresh cherries or any ripe berry for the raspberries.

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Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream

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Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream

The perfect summer cookout treat, grilling brings out the sweetness in peaches. If you can't find them, feel free to use apricots or nectarines instead of peaches. Garnish with mint to serve.

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Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters

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Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters

These quick, crispy fritters are packed with vegetables and get supercrisp in the pan. You can omit the red pepper for a little less heat, if you wish.

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Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

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Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

A handful of ingredients (and far less salt) gives you better-tasting flavored popcorn than you can buy. To make sure the oil is ready for the popcorn, add a couple of kernels and wait for them to pop. Once they pop, add the remaining kernels.

View Recipe: Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce add savory depth to this creamy mac. If you can't find large elbows, regular elbows will work.

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Peanut Butter Granola Crunch Parfaits

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Peanut Butter Granola Crunch Parfaits

This low-fat parfait is the perfect middle-of-the-day springtime snack to hold the kids over until dinner.

View Recipe: Peanut Butter Granola Crunch Parfaits

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