6 Kid-Friendly Recipes to Make with Your Family This Summer

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With summer here, you need some kid-friendly recipes to prepare over the holidays. Use the opportunity to teach your kids about cooking by choosing recipes that they’ll love and can help prepare. Kid-friendly recipes all require little hands when prepared and fit well into little mouths when eaten.

1. Corn Dog Nuggets

Corn Dog Nuggets

Photo: Pinterest/Lil Luna

Though kids love corn dogs, making these fried treats on a stick at home may be dangerous. Instead, have your little ones help make Lil Luna’s version of poppable corn dog nuggets. These snacks require a lot of rolling, which you can leave the kids to do. When finished, you have a plate of bite-sized treats that fit perfectly into little hands.

2. Breakfast Sundaes

Kid-Friendly Recipes Breakfast sundaes

Photo: Pinterest/Dinner at the Zoo

Having trouble getting your kids to eat their breakfast? Have them help make their own breakfast sundaes, with this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo. This is among kid-friendly recipes that allow for personalization, depending on what your kids like. Rather than ice cream, these sundaes use healthy Greek yogurt for extra protein and calcium. Use whatever cereal and sundae toppings you have on hand to finish these off.

3. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Kid-Friendly Recipes Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Photo: Pinterest/Julia’s Album

Want your kids to get more veggies? How about having them help prepare the broccoli for Julia’s Album’s Chicken Broccoli Alfredo? It’s an upscale version of macaroni and cheese with protein and vitamins. Younger children can break up broccoli florets, while older kids can stir ingredients into the pot. If your kids love mac and cheese, have them try this for a change of pace.

4. Spaghetti Boats

Spaghetti Boats - French Bread Topped with Spaghetti and Cheese

Photo: Pinterest/Jamielyn – I Heart Naptime

Got leftovers but don’t want to make the same meal twice? Get your kids to help make I Heart Naptime’s spaghetti boats. When you need something fast and tasty, prepare this recipe that blends pizza and spaghetti. You only need a few ingredients, and the kids can help you with spooning the spaghetti onto the toasted french bread. And in just minutes, you’ll have a meal that just might become a family favorite.

5. French Toast Sausage Roll-Ups

French Toast Sausage Roll Ups with a Side of Maple Syrup

Photo: Pinterest/Lauren {Tastes Better from Scratch}

Skip the drive-through for breakfast, and make your own fast morning treats at home. Who needs a sausage biscuit when Tastes Better from Scratch has an easy recipe for french toast sausage roll-ups? Kids will love the chance to eat french toast with their hands, and they can help out by flattening the bread slices. Have plenty of maple syrup on the side for dipping these snacks for the whole family.

6. Baked Oatmeal Cups

Kid-Friendly Recipes Baked Oatmeal Cups

Photo: Pinterest/She Likes Food

If your summer mornings consist of rushing off to camps or activities, these oatmeal cups should be part of your routine. Fast and healthy, these cups from She Likes Food do not use refined sugar but still taste sweet from natural fruit and veggies. Customize them to your children’s favorite flavors, and you’ll have a breakfast that you and your kids can both agree on for those hectic mornings.