Cooking with kids can be a challenge. Here are the best healthy, easy recipes for kids: and they satisfy the adults, too!
Kids are life changing. That’s what everyone told us, but it didn’t really sink in until we had one. Miracle baby Larson came into our lives (here’s the story about it!). And we hit the ground running! Now that we have a few years under our belt, we’re often asked, Do you have any easy recipes for kids? Do we ever.
Here are our favorite easy recipes for kids from our collection. They’re simple to put together, kid pleasing, and at the same time tasty enough for adults. These recipes are suited for kids toddler age and above. If you’re looking for baby food recipes, Larson loved these homemade kale baby food pouches.
And now…our top easy recipes for kids!
One of the best healthy, easy recipes for kids? Taquitos! These are oven baked and filled with a zesty refried bean and cheese filling! They can be made with either flour or corn tortillas.
- 2 green onions
- 1 1/2 cups refried beans, Homemade Refried Beans or vegetarian canned refried beans*
- 1/4 cup salsa, plus more to serve
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- 14 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, for sprinkling
- For dipping: easy guacamole, salsa, or sour cream (or spicy sour cream mixed with hot sauce)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (necessary for cleanup!).
- Thinly slice the green onions.
- If you’re using canned refried beans, take a taste and determine whether they’re well seasoned. If not, add a few pinches of kosher salt and cumin. If you’re using our Homemade Refried Beans, they’ll be perfectly seasoned and you can skip this step.
- In a large bowl, mix together the green onion, refried beans, salsa, chili powder, and shredded cheese.
- Lay a tortilla on a work surface. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the bean mixture in a dollop onto the bottom half of the tortilla. Be careful not to use too much! Tightly roll the tortilla from the bottom (the filling will spread out and hold the tortilla together). Place the flauta seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
- When the flautas are assembled, brush the tops with oil and sprinkle them with a bit of salt. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp and browned. Some of the beans will come out the ends of the rolls, which is expected (enough filling will remain to perfectly flavor them!). Serve with salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. Freezing instructions: Cool the flautas to room temperature, then freeze in a sealed container. To reheat, bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until warmed through.
*Homemade refried beans have the best flavor! You can also try our Refried Black Beans. Canned is a great shortcut: see if you can find vegetarian refried beans that are already seasoned.
- Category: Snack
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: Easy Recipes for Kids, Kid Friendly Recipes, Taquitos
Life with kids: Q&A
After learning about our adoption story, so many of you have asked for an update on our life as parents! A few of the questions we’re asked about life with kids:
How are your lives different now that you have kids?
It wasn’t that we felt as if something were missing before he arrived, but now that Larson is here we have a new sort of joy, fulfillment, and focus. It’s hard to describe in words how joyful it is to be around this little man; it feels incredibly right, in a way we didn’t expect. We’ve also made more space in our lives for family: less work, more family time. This new rhythm feels a lot more sustainable than our previous attempt at balance.
What is Larson like?
We totally lucked out with our guy! Larson super curious, hilarious, energetic and fun, and at the same time adaptable and “chill”. He loves cooking recipes with us in the kitchen, reading, playing the piano, and going on adventures. He’s a truly special person to be around.
What are your favorite products for kids?
We’re trying the minimalist parent approach and so far, so good. Here’s our Baby Shopping Guide: Favorites for a Registry. We’re hoping to make another Minimalist Parenting Guide for products for the later years too!
How did Larson come into your life?
It’s a long story! A good recap is over on the Feel Good Effect Podcast; I happened to chat with host Robyn Downs on how we got here in an episode released this week. Listen over on Real Food Whole Life, or search for “Feel Good Effect” in your podcast app or iTunes.
If you make any of these easy recipes for kids, we’d love to hear how they turned out. Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and mention @acouplecooks.
Do you have other recommendations for easy recipes for kids that are tried and true for your family? Please let us know in the comments.
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.