The Modern Chef: 6 Recipes Kids Can Make

September 10, 2015  |  

Are your kids constantly on you for snacks when they come home from school, or on the weekends after practice? Here are some fun and healthy recipes kids can make themselves. While they’re learning how to count and spell, why not learn how to cook as well?! Here are a few great recipes, courtesy of, that kids can make themselves.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

This all-in-one milk-and-cookies smoothie makes a nice change of pace for a summer breakfast or afternoon snack. For little kids: Let them help press the buttons on the blender. (Be sure to let it run for a full minute before you add the ice so the oatmeal-and-raisin mixture gets as smooth as possible.) For big kids: Let them measure the ingredients-it’s the perfect time to teach them the difference between wet and dry ingredient measuring cups.

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup whole milk, plus more if needed

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Whole-Wheat Pizza Hand Pockets

These healthy whole-wheat pockets are super kid friendly and great to keep on hand in the freezer. Just pop them into a preheated oven-no parbaking or defrosting necessary-and serve as an after-school snack or pair with a green salad for lunch or dinner.

1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
4 ounces sliced pepperoni, cut into thin strips

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Healthy Chicken Pot Popovers

These comforting popovers with a creamy chicken filling are appealing to adults and kids alike. For little kids: Let them crack the eggs, stir the batter and shred the chicken. For big kids: Let them measure and stir the ingredients for the popovers and filling.

Baking spray with flour
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

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Puffed Rice Snowballs

These healthier versions of rice cereal marshmallow treats make perfect car snacks or post-sports practice munchies. For little kids: Let them sprinkle in the apricots, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds and shape the mixture into logs or balls. For big kids: Let them spray the mixing bowl with cooking spray, stir the marshmallow mixture and stir in the puffed rice.

Cooking spray
2 cups mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon light agave syrup

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Roasted Turkey And Basil Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches

These colorful pinwheels can be made in the morning and kept chilled for an easy lunch or afternoon snack. For little kids: Let them wash and spin dry the lettuce. For big kids: Let them layer the ingredients and roll up the sandwiches.

1 large head romaine lettuce
4 ounces whipped cream cheese
1 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
8 large fresh basil leaves

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Cheesy Eggs In The Hole With Bacon

Kids can use their favorite cookie cutter shapes to make this hearty breakfast with a grilled cheese-like twist. For little kids: Let them cut out the bread with cookie cutters. For big kids: Let them crack the eggs into the toast cut-outs, sprinkle with Parmesan and (if they’re up to it) flip the slices.

4 slices bacon (about 4 ounces)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Four 1/2-inch-thick slices of bread from a whole-grain boule or pullman loaf
4 large eggs

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