10 Easy Recipes for Kids (that Adults Like Too)

Cooking with kids can be a challenge! Here are 10 healthy, easy recipes for kids that are vegetarian, with some gluten-free and vegan.

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Having kids is life changing. At least, that’s what everyone has been telling us. We’ve seen friends and siblings go through it, and heard advice from sage grandparents. For years Alex and I have been waiting to see how our family would be born. And then miracle baby Larson came into our lives. Since then we’ve been getting a lot of questions: both about our lives as parents and whether we’ll start to share more recipes for kids. In the spirit of covering both, here’s an update on life as new parents, plus a few of our favorite easy recipes for kids.

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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.

And now…our top easy recipes for kids!

Now, for the recipes! We also tend to get the question, do you have any easy recipes for kids? Here are 10 easy recipes for kids from our collection. Here, easy means simplest of the simple, yet 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.

One of our top favorite easy recipes for kids: these tortilla rollups! It couldn’t be much easier than chopping vegetables, spreading a tortilla with hummus, and rolling it up! It’s completely customizable based on the vegetables you have on hand, and the novelty of eating something in a rollup (or pinwheel) is hard to beat. If you’re looking for dinner ideas for kids, this also might be an option for little ones. To us, easy recipes for kids should also work for adults as well; this one doubles as a tasty party appetizer. Another great option: Mexican Pinwheels

{Vegetarian, vegan. GF with GF tortillas.}

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This tomato soup recipe the simplest way we’ve found to make tomato soup from scratch. We’re pretty picky about canned tomato soup and haven’t found a brand we love. So, this homemade tomato soup fits the bill. It’s made creamy using cashews instead of dairy–and who wouldn’t love star toasts alongside? As an adult, I’m still gaga over star-shaped foods.

{Vegetarian, vegan. For GF, use gluten-free bread.}

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One of our favorite easy recipes for kids: pita pizzas! Instead of springing for carry out, pita pizzas can be made in the same amount of time and are healthier and cheaper. This one features tomatoes and goat cheese, but if your kids aren’t into those flavors, try these Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas instead. Or, use the same method with toppings of your choice and a purchased marinara sauce.

{Vegetarian. GF with GF pita and vegan with vegan cheese}

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Another favorite in our easy recipes for kids: Loaded Veggie Quesadillas! These quesadillas are chock full of veggies and flavor, including sweet potato, black beans, and cumin. If you’d like, make our Homemade Spinach Tortillas in advance for a totally veggie loaded experience. It’s a fun project for kids!

{Vegetarian. GF with gluten-free tortillas and vegan with vegan cheese. See vegan cheese note above, or use hummus as a sub.}

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Let’s move on to dips, shall we? Dips are an instant easy recipes for kids, since they’re quick to put together and easy finger foods. This cinnamon yogurt dip is a naturally sweet, healthy dip that is supremely simple but tastes novel.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free}

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Another yogurt dip, this one’s savory and made without the standard packaged seasonings! It’s all natural, simple to whip up, and incredibly tasty.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free}

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If you follow us, you’ve probably seen us post about these veggie dippers! We make them for our son Larson’s lunch when he goes to preschool, and keep them in the freezer. He loves dipping them in yogurt dill sauce, or even hummus! They take a bit of time to bake, but they’re simple to whip up, making them an easy recipe for kids.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan without the yogurt sauce}

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Here’s another dip we love to share because it’s just that good! All the kids in our life love this healthy, naturally sweet chocolate dip for pretzels, apple slices, and berries.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan}

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This is our most popular fan favorite recipe, and luckily it’s also an easy recipe for kids! It’s basically a homemade Reese’s peanut butter cup combined with a no bake cookie, and it would be a great weekend project! Keep them in the freezer or refrigerator and nibble all week long.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan}

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And finally, one’s a favorite in our list of easy recipes for kids: frozen yogurt dots! Larson loves these and asks for them on the regular. They’re super simple to make, with just 4 ingredients! And as his mama, I also sneak them from the freezer. Often.

{Vegetarian, gluten-free}

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Did you make this recipe?

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.

More ideas?

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.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.


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    June 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Greetings! A totally un-food related post (I do love the recipes, though!), but I just wanted to say thank you for bringing up the idea of “minimalist” parenting. We are expecting our first in September, and, in putting together the registry, I cannot believe how much junk…errr….stuff there is out there for babies. We live in a small house, and I refuse to have my space overrun by unnecessary baby things. Bravo to you for having the same thought! I’d love to read your list of “must haves” for your little cutie. “Only the essentials” is what I keep telling myself. Enjoy your first summer as a family of three!

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      June 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! Parenting is overwhelming with the amount of stuff it requires. We’ve been glad to find there’s a minimalist approach that’s been working, so far! I’ll send you our list via email, and consider it for a blog post too!

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