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Cooking with Kids: Summer Break Recipes

When the little ones are bored and it seems like summer is stretching on forever, take this opportunity to get your kids in the kitchen. Not only will this teach them healthy habits, but it'll take a bit of the pressure off your plate.
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Let's Make a Quesadilla

PREMIUM
SUGAR-FREELOW-CARB
Chicken & Broccoli Quesadilla
Step Stool Chef

In this Chicken & Broccoli Quesadilla recipe, not only will we show you step-by-step instructions for your little chef, but we will also share how to make it using a toaster oven! Plus, this dish is a great way to add veggies in a way kids will enjoy.

Fro-Yo

GLUTEN-FREENO BAKE
Frozen Yogurt Cups
EnlightenedFoodie

With these great Frozen Yogurt Cups, all you need to do is change the shape of the treat, and to the kids, it becomes something new and exciting again.

Rocking and Rolling

GLUTEN-FREEDAIRY-FREE
3 Ingredient Fruit Roll-Ups
Live Eat Learn

These 3 Ingredient Fruit Roll-Ups are a simple and delicious way to make your own fruit leather (without any fancy equipment or ingredients)!

Roll out the Red Carpet

GRAIN-FREETREE NUT-FREE
Homemade Fruit Roll-ups
Pip & Ebby

Eliminate artificial and unknown ingredients by making your own Homemade Fruit Roll-ups! This is the ultimate snack food for kids, and great for lunchboxes too!

Healthy for All Ages

SHELLFISH-FREEPESCATARIAN
Kid Friendly Banana Green Smoothie
BlenderBabes

This is a basic, kid-friendly green smoothie recipe that you AND your kids will love! Packed with potassium, bananas are a smoothie staple that easily hides the light green flavor of the nutritional powerhouse ingredient in this green smoothie-- spinach.

Salsa Dancing

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KID-FRIENDLYEASY
Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips
Step Stool Chef

This Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips is super easy and super delicious. It makes for the perfect healthy mid-day treat or a quick lunchbox favorite.

Easy Peasy Cheesy

VEGETARIANFISH-FREE
Easy Peasy Cheesy Puffs
Step Stool Chef

Light and airy, these Easy Peasy Cheesy Puffs make a perfect snack that kids of all ages can help put together.

Have it All

FATHER'S DAYKID-FRIENDLY
Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
Step Stool Chef

These fabulous Fish Tacos pack all the food groups into one amazing lunchtime dish.

Get Fruity

HEALTHYGLUTEN-FREE
Strawberry and Mango Fruit Salad Rolls
Partnership For A Healthier America

Add some delicious fruit into the mix for this twist on spring rolls. A healthy snack everyone can enjoy!

Kids Can Do It

BUDGET-FRIENDLYKID-FRIENDLY
Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Sliders
Step Stool Chef

Kids will LOVE these easy, fun Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Sliders. Quick and delicious, they're a perfect mid-afternoon snack or lunch that kids can make for themselves.

Breakfast in a Jar

GLUTEN-FREEBUDGET-FRIENDLY
Protein Packed Breakfast in a Jar
Step Stool Chef

Putting breakfast in a jar is absolutely genius--it’s quick, easy to make ahead, and a perfect grab-n-go for busy mornings. Plus, it’s a great way to get kids to cook their own breakfast.

Down South

SOY-FREEPESCATARIAN
Southern Banana Pudding
Cooking with Jack

This Southern Banana Pudding is a fun way to get your kid in the kitchen preparing their own dessert!

Easy Soufflé

TOMATO-FREEVEGETARIAN
Simple Vanilla Soufflé
Step Stool Chef

Soufflés are known to be a little tricky, but this one is easy enough for your youngster to catch on.

Pizza My Heart

SUGAR-FREESOY-FREE
Pizza in a Bowl
Step Stool Chef

This recipe is so easy, your little chef will hardly need any help at all!

You Go, Grill!

PREMIUM
TREE NUT-FREESOY-FREE
Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese
Step Stool Chef

Bread, cheese, mayo, and mustard are sandwiched together in a waffle iron in this clever makeover meal: Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN
Rainbow Pasta Salad
Step Stool Chef

A fun pasta salad that works great in the lunchbox!

Getting Fancy

PEANUT-FREEPESCATARIAN
Italian Baked Tilapia Parmesan & Basil Pesto Rice
Step Stool Chef

This meal is absolutely delicious and one that your young cook will be proud of!

Cutesy Cooking

PREMIUM
30 OR LESSFISH-FREE
Taco Buddies
Step Stool Chef

Taco Buddies are a fun twist on a family favorite, and absolutely adorable to boot.

Mock Maki

EGG-FREEDAIRY-FREE
Kid-Friendly Mock Maki
Julie Yoon

No raw fish required. Here's how to make an American style Bento Box with "mock maki" by using sandwich ingredients!

Pop Goes the Yogurt

GLUTEN-FREEICY TREATS
Blueberry and Yogurt Popsicles
The Fit Mediterranean

These protein-packed, three-ingredient Blueberry and Yogurt Popsicles hit the spot. They're so easy to make and you can enjoy them guilt-free!

Recipes to Learn from Dad

Kate Ricard at SideChef

10 Summer BBQ Side Dishes

Beverly at SideChef

Mix Lab Cocktails Class 2: Classic Cocktails, Homemade

Mix Lab Cocktails
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Chef Experiments

SideChef
PREMIUM

A Taste of Summer

Jessica Gavin

We’ve Got Recipes for Every Type of Dad

SideChef

Children’s Day: Here’s How to Cook With Kids

Beverly at SideChef
PREMIUM

Veggie Takeover

Pip & Ebby

Get Your Grill On

Beverly at SideChef

Here's What You Should Be Grilling

Beverly at SideChef

Seasonal Ingredient: Rhubarb

SideChef

No-Bake Summer Desserts

Beverly at SideChef
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