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: 3.5 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.
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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!

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.

One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. Our favorite broccoli pasta recipe calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and as it only uses one pot, there's minimal cleanup. It's a dish you'll make on the regular.

Potato Croquettes

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

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.

Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake

Rating: 3.5 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.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos

Rating: 3.5 stars 56
All you have to do is say "nachos" and people come running. This rendition from Emeril Legasse is fun to put together and even more fun to eat.

Bacon Pancakes

Rating: 4 stars 163
These bacon pancakes satisfy both the sweet and savory senses. Surprise your family with this breakfast dish one weekend morning.

Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger

Forget waiting in the drive-thru lane! You can make a better burger at home with quality ingredients in no time.

Emeril's Kicked-Up Tuna Melts

Rating: 3.5 stars 237
Little ones will have fun measuring and mixing ingredients for the tuna melts.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes
Keep the cooked pancakes warm on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet in a 200-degree oven while making the rest.
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.