Quick & Easy Recipes for Kids

Prepare effortless, healthy, and delicious meals for your child with these quick and easy recipes for kids. Let kids learn about ingredients and assist in making their favorite quick & easy breakfast, chicken, ham, veggie, burger, pasta, snack recipes and more.

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The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.61 stars 3221
The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. In order to avoid this quick bread becoming tough and chewy, don't overmix the batter.

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.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rating: 3.63 stars 582
Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

Potato Croquettes

Rating: 3.3 stars 113
Crunchy potato croquettes, a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, flatter any meal.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.

Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake

Rating: 3.54 stars 251
This pancake is also delicious without the berries, which can be served alongside instead.This recipe is one of our Better Basics: 10 New Takes on Family Favorites, see the others.

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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Hot Chocolate

Fancy something cold instead? This recipe is also the base for our Rich Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.62 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 3.7 stars 306
Nuggets are a home run with kids, but admit it, you love them too. These are baked, so you can enjoy them guilt-free. A three-step breading method -- coating chicken pieces in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs -- seals in moisture and gives a crisp crunch without a lot of added fat.

Hot Chocolate Mix

This mix will keep all winter if stored in an airtight container. A dollop of fresh whipped cream is a perfect complement to a mug of cocoa, but you can also add a pinch of cinnamon for Mexican hot chocolate or a candy cane for a taste of mint.

Bacon Pancakes

Rating: 3.8 stars 163
These bacon pancakes satisfy both the sweet and savory senses. Surprise your family with this breakfast dish one weekend morning.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Recipes and Essential Cookware for College Students
Learn how to make basic white rice, one-pot pasta, and iced coffee from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment. We've also included essential cooking tools to help you get the job done like a pro.
Chocolate-Banana Pudding
Rating: Unrated 108
Crisp, thin chocolate wafers are key to this no-bake dessert, layered with chocolate pudding and banana slices.
Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Longing for homemade chocolate chip cookies in a snap? Nut butter does double duty by replacing both flour and regular butter in these five-ingredient, two-bite (gluten-free!) treats.