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Ideas for Kid-Friendly Cooking

Ideas for Kid-Friendly Cooking

Caroline Fitzgibbons from The Dinner Dilemma gives tips on how to cook great food that both you and your kids will love.

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Kid-Friendly cooking

If it were up to my kids, every meal would be a combination of lollipops, pretzels and gummy bears with ice cream for dessert. So how do you get from what they want to what they’ll eat?

As a parent and a cook, getting your children to happily eat dinner can sometimes feel like trying to break into Fort Knox with a nail file, so here are some sure-fire ways and recipes to get kids cleaning those plates at dinnertime.

My bag of tricks:

  • Having the kids help make dinner
  • Putting anything on skewers or with pasta
  • Using food PR (aka: Not telling them the whole truth about what they are eating, like calling grilled lamb a “wool steak.”)
  • And bribery.

Click here for the Marinated Grilled “Wool Steak” Recipe

In short, the typical coping mechanisms. Yet, while those help get the first bite in, nothing beats a great dish. Below are a few tried and true favorites from my kitchen.

  • Gourmet Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
  • Kale Chips Recipe
  • Crispy Potatoes with Parmesan Recipe
  • Chicken Skewers with Ginger, Garlic and Soy Recipe
  • Sara's Carmelized Cauliflower Recipe

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16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


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As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.


16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

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16 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Grill Besides Hot Dogs

As we head into summer grilling season, parents begin stocking up on that reliable, kid-friendly staple: the hot dog. As controversial as forcemeat can be—we're looking at you, bologna!—the hot dog is nevertheless a standby option for filling bellies and making sure picky eaters get their daily calories. They're easy to toss on the grill along with whatever the adults are eating. But for those of us who don't want to feed our kids the same thing every day, here are some options for kid-friendly summer grilling that don't involve a single hot dog.