20 Kid-Approved Recipes for Dinner, Breakfast and Dessert
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
These three-step pizza handhelds are an ultimate kid favorite. Bonus! They're one of our budget recipes, so they're easy and inexpensive to make.
BLT Mac n Cheese
Goodbye, artificial coloring! Mineral-rich turmeric gives our mac n cheese that familiar neon glow -- and it's natural. Also, an extra buck will buy you nitrite-free all-beef hot dogs. Swap these in for the bacon and you've got a great kid-friendly dish.
Pigs in Ponchos
You can't go wrong with tortilla-wrapped franks and beans. Yum-O!
Spinach and Ricotta with Shells
This is a dish Steve's wife, Michelle, adapted from a recipe by Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan. "My kids and I crave it on a year-round basis," he says. "Michelle loves to use Italian sheep's milk or water buffalo milk ricotta, but when it's unavailable at my cheese counter, she doesn't hesitate to use plain old supermarket ricotta."
Chicken Potpie Bowls
It's hard to believe this dish is gluten- and dairy-free! Serve it with a side salad of mixed greens and halved grape tomatoes.
Cherry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
The perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and chewy -- with the added bonus of fiber-filled oats and protein-packed pecans!
Fluffy Pancakes with Syrup
These super fluffy pancakes will be gobbled up at this breakfast table before you can get down your first cup o' joe!
Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Strips
These chicken strips are almost too easy to make, and kids will love 'em.
Go Green Giant Calzone
Spinach is at the heart of this pizza-parlor special.
Make taco night extra fun by setting up a taco bar with all the fixings so each family member can pick and choose their toppings!
Basic Grilled Cheese
It might be basic, but it's still a major crowd pleaser. Find out 9 ways to put a twist on this dish!
Green Eggs and Ham
"I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am!" And we so do like Dr. Seuss!
Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries
Swap French fries for these roasted sweet 'n' crunchy treats -- your kids won't even miss the fried ones!
Peanut Butter Poodle Pancakes
Make mornings more fun and try this nutty twist on breakfast.
Up the veggies by swapping pepperoni for thawed frozen broccoli.
Nutella and banana sandwiches? Picky eaters don't even stand a chance.
Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad
This tuna salad is easy to throw together and skips mayonnaise, so it's a healthier spin on the classic dish.
These sprinkled treats are the perfect birthday morning breakfast.
These pockets are a delicious fave, and are easily nitrite- and nitrate-free!
Buddy Valastro's Easy Gnocchi
Buddy Valastro may be known for TLC's The Cake Boss, but this chef has a savory side too! Here he is in the kitchen cooking up an Italian favorite, Cheese and Potato Gnocchi with a kid-friendly recipe. What's his secret ingredient for this recipe? Lots of little helpers!