A Month of Kid-Friendly Recipes
Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
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.
Brighten up weeknight dinners with easy and flavorful Tuna-Guacamole Tacos. The guacamole is very creamy and tasty on its own--make extra.
Broiled Pineapple Sundaes
This sundae also makes a great breakfast parfait—just substitute plain fat-free Greek yogurt for frozen.
Meaty, cheesy, and delicious—kids will love this comforting dinner. But, that's not all, parents will love it too.
Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches
Breakfast meets dinner in this play on the Southern favorite. What's not to love about a fun sandwich?
Grilled Ham and Pineapple Pizza
Our resident Kid-in-the-Kitchen, Matisse, says, "Make sure you watch the pizza while it cooks so that you don't burn the crust."
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.
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.
Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce
Sloppy Joe Sliders
An already kid-friendly classic just got kicked up a notch. Kids and adults alike will love these pint-sized sliders.
Creamy Ranch-Style Dip
Serve this dip with baby carrots, broccoli florets, or other fresh vegetables.
Roast Beef Sandwich + Fruit Kebabs + Peanuts
Deli sandwiches may be tasty, but they're often loaded with sodium. Keep your numbers in check by recreating the handheld staple at home. Look for deli meat brands with "lower sodium" or "no salt added" on the labeling, and go light on the cheese. Next, balance out your box by minimizing salt in other sides (try unsalted nuts). Fruit is a win-win ingredient no matter how you look at it—stack it on skewers for a fun, kid-friendly presentation.
- Sandwich: 2 oz. lower-sodium roast beef, lettuce, 2 slices tomato, 1/2-oz. slice white cheddar, 2 teaspoons light mayo on whole-grain bread
- 2 pineapple and strawberry fruit kebabs
- 1/2 oz. unsalted peanuts
Stats: 456 calories, 6g sat fat, 508mg sodium
Chicken Cordon Bleu
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.
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.
Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.
Chicken Salad Pita + Apple + Chocolate Kisses
Here's a clever way to lighten the classic all-mayo chicken salad sandwich—By subbing half of the mayo for Greek yogurt, we were able to slash serious calories and saturated fat. Smoked almonds and dried cranberries guarantee plenty of flavor. An apple satisfies your crunchy cravings, and chocolate kisses are perfectly-portioned sweets.
- Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe (1/2 cup) with mixed greens in half a 6-inch whole-wheat pita
- 1 medium apple
- 4 milk chocolate kisses
Stats: 446 calories, 4.6g sat fat, 451mg sodium
White Chocolate-Cherry Bark
Pack a cherry-spiked piece in your child's bag (or you own) for a creamy-crunchy treat.
Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce
For picky eaters, try serving this meat sauce over whimsically shaped pasta, like bow ties, rotini, or wagon wheels.
Club Wrap + Tomato-Mozz Skewer + Vanilla Wafers
Our healthier take on the classic club sandwich cuts fat, calories, and sodium, but doesn't sacrifice a bit on flavor. We go from stacked to rolled by trading traditional white bread for a whole-wheat wrap. Guacamole is a tasty stand-in that feels just as indulgent as mayo. Slice the wrap into medallions and skewer on toothpicks for less mess at lunchtime.
- Wrap: 1 oz. oven roasted turkey breast, 1/2 oz. low sodium ham, 1 slice crumbled center cut bacon, 1 tablespoon guacamole on half a whole wheat wrap (such as Flatout)
- Tomato mozzarella skewer (cut one lower sodium part-skim mozzarella stick into fourths and skewer with cherry tomatoes alternately)
- 8 vanilla wafers
Stats: 439 calories, 6g sat fat, 795 mg sodium
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.
Easy Peach Crisp
Choose peaches that are ripe but still slightly firm to the touch.
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!
Serve fruit with this kid-friendly take on the classic croque monsieur.
Chicken and Bean Burritos
Try also using this filling for tacos, quesadillas, or nachos. Adults can spike it with jalapeños.
Couscous Salad + Hummus + Whole-Wheat Pita Chips + Grapes
Our Mediterranean-inspired couscous salad makes 6 servings, so you can easily prep it for quick, healthy lunches all week long. Portion each serving into wide-mouth canning jars ahead of time, so you can grab one on the way out the door in the morning. Satisfying sides such as hummus and pita chips and grapes pack in plenty of fiber to keep you full through the afternoon.
- Couscous Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes Recipe (3/4 cup serving)
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- 8 whole-wheat pita chips
- 1 cup fresh grapes
Stats: 430 calories, 2.2g sat fat, 715mg sodium
Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
We lightened up a kid-friendly favorite that will still please your pint-sized diners.
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.
Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce
Saucy, cheesy, and oh-so-flavorful—this will soon become one of your family's new favorites.