Kid-Friendly Recipes

Address the eating habits of your children with our kid-friendly recipes. Nutritious and safe, find quick and easy recipes such as make-ahead mac and cheese, tacos, chicken fingers, and sloppy joes that will be sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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The Best Kid-Friendly Recipes to Make with Your Littles Ones

We've got easy recipe options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert to get your kids having fun and feeling confident in the kitchen. 
By Lynn Andriani

No-Bake Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1833
There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven. This no-bake cheesecake is sure to please with its creamy center. 

The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 3221
It's the best because this is the banana bread recipe that is Martha's go to. She included the recipe in her first book Entertaining and has been making it ever since. The batter for her easy-to-make favorite is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. Be sure to use really ripe but not bruised bananas and add chopped walnuts or pecans—Martha always goes with pecans. She says your family will "go bananas" for this old-fashioned quick bread.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Vanilla Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 2324
The ingredient list for this pound cake recipe is short, just butter, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. There's no leavening other than the eggs and the air you incorporate into the batter when you cream the butter and sugar together so mix thoroughly. We love this dense, buttery, and rich pound cake and make it often because it’s so versatile and because it tastes so good. Enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee or tea, pair it with whipped cream and berries, or use it as the base for all kinds of desserts.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Rating: 3.5 stars 582
Quick to make and just plain irresistible, what could be better than a giant, gooey skillet cookie? Faster than making a batch of your favorite chocolate chip treats, this chocolate chip skillet cookie is great for sharing. It's baked in a cast-iron skillet, just bring the skillet to the table and let everyone dig in. Scoops of ice cream on top are optional but recommended!

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli is used two ways in this kid-friendly dish: it's simmered until tender for the soup base and roasted for the garnish.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Our ultimate mac and cheese relies on three different kinds of cheese -- American, cheddar, and Parmesan. For easier grating, put the block of cheese in the freezer for five minutes first.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 406
This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.

Simple Homemade Sausage Patties

Rating: 3 stars 368
Assembling pork sausages is a snap and, as always, if you use best-quality ingredients, it's hard to beat homemade.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Potato Croquettes

Rating: 3.5 stars 113
Crunchy potato croquettes, a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, flatter any meal.

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Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
Rating: 3.5 stars 359

This unbeatable blondie recipe combines the buttery flavor and chocolate chips from everyone's favorite cookies with the appealing texture of the best brownies.