Easy Kids Meals with 6 or Fewer Ingredients

These 6 or fewer easy kids meals were composed with the chef in training age group in mind. To help them continuously learn and practice after the chef in training cooking lessons.

However they are also great for quick easy meal ideas that your kids can help with. As stated before these kids cooking recipes were composed with 7-11 years old in mind so you may adjust the recipe directions as needed.

For example, older kids can do the cooking where as younger age groups will not be cooking and do not have the attention span for some recipes. They will do better when given small tasks and helping you create the recipe.
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Easy Kids Meals-Side Dishes

Grilled Zucchini

  • 2 zucchinizucchini grilled
  • butter
  • 1/2 Cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
Have adult cut zucchini in half. Child can spread butter on one half of the zucchini. Sprinkle cheddar and Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning on other half. Place buttered half on top of cheese half. Adult can slice in half or thirds. Wrap in aluminum foil and grill for about 10-15 minutes.

Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper
Bake potatoes in oven until tender. Allow to cool slightly. Cut top off and set aside. Scoop out potatoes and place in bowl. Place potato shell in a baking dish.

In your bowl with potatoes add butter, milk, sour cream and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend together. Taste and season as needed. Spoon mixture back into potatoes. Sprinkle tops with cheese if needed. If desired at this point, you can place in the fridge until dinner time. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
blue checkYou can also add other ingredients if you'd like such as chopped chives,cheddar cheese, chopped green onions or sprinkle in chopped cooked bacon. I also add a sprinkle of dry ranch dressing mix for more flavor.
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Easy Kids Meals-Oven Baked Potato Wedges

  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt *
  • 1-2 Tablespoons oil
In a bowl, toss together potatoes, seasoning salt and oil. When potatoes are well covered, spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees until browned about 20 minutes.

* You can cut back on the amount of oil and salt in the recipe if you desire.
*Try other seasonings in place of seasoning salt such as Italian seasoning, Parsley or basil. Or toss with Parmesan cheese.
potato wedges

Homemade French Fries

Fresh Salsa

  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can of olives, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 avocado diced
Combine all ingredients together and serve with tortilla chips.

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 can tuna, drained and flaked
  • 4 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped celery
Mix tuna, mayonnaise and celery in a bowl. Cut stem out of tomato. Slice off top. Scoop out inside of tomato, leaving the shell intact. Fill each tomato shell with tuna mixture. Place on a baking sheet and broil 3-4 minutes. Substitute other salad mixtures like egg salad, crab, etc.
stuffed tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Vegetables

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onions, thinly wedged
  • 5 carrots, julienne
Allow the oven to preheat to 425 degrees and line a 15X10 baking pan with foil.
Scatter the potatoes and turnips over the bottom of the pan.
Layer in the onion wedges and evenly spread the carrots over the top.
Spray the vegetables well with a non stick cooking spray.
Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
oven roasted veggies

Pasta Salad

pasta salad
  • ½ Cup small pasta shapes
  • 1 Cup frozen mixed peas and carrots
  • 1 Cup ham, cubed
  • ½ Cup plain yogurt
  • one small cucumber finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Dill weed
Adult should boil water and cook pasta noodles. Add peas and carrots the last few minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water. Mix three ingredients, pasta, peas mixture and ham, together in serving bowl. In small bowl mix dressing. Pour over salad mix. Chill 4 hours.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing or any oil based dressing
Wash Brussels sprouts and have an adult cut in half. Place in bowl and add salad dressing. Toss to coat. Place sprouts on cookie sheet and cook in a 475 degree oven 5-10 minutes until toasted.
brussel sprouts

Cauliflower Dish

  • 1 medium cauliflower cut into spears
Adult should cook cauliflower several minutes in boiling water. It does not have to be cooked until tender however. Chef in Training can place cauliflower in bottom of 8 inch square or 11x9 casserole dish.
Adult sauté:
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1 garlic clove
Chef in Training can then add to mixture:
  • 1/4 Cup dry bread crumbs
  • dash pepper and a dash of nutmeg
Stir until thickens. Spoon mixture over cauliflower. Sprinkle with ½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese. Adult should bake 350 degrees 15-20 minutes until tender and cheese is melted.

Here are a few more side dish recipes that make for easy kids meals from our Junior Chef kids cooking lessons 13
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Creamed Potatoes and Peas

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups new potatoes, cooked
  • 1 Cup green peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
Scrub and have an adult cut potatoes in quarters. Cook in boiling water until tender. Add peas last few minutes of cooking potatoes.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in flour and salt. Continue to whisk milk into mixture until smooth. Stir and cook until bubbly and thick. Add potatoes and peas. Stir until all potatoes are coated. Serve.
potatoes and peas

Perfect Asparagus

  • 1 lb or more of asparagus
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
Break off ends of asparagus. In shallow skillet bring 5 cups of water and 1/2 Tablespoon salt to a boil. Place in asparagus and return to boil 5-7 minutes. Insert sharp end of knife in stem if tender they are done. Place in serving dish and pour melted butter over top.


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Fanned Potatoes

fanned potatoes
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced thin
  • 4 tbsp of butter, cubed
  • season with salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Heat the grill to medium high heat.
Make slices 1/2 inch apart in the potatoes, cutting three quarters of the way through the potatoes and leaving the bottoms intact.
Carefully fan the potato slices apart.
Place each potato on a piece of aluminum foil big enough to fold completely around the potato.
Fill each slice in the potato with onion slices and a cube of butter.
Sprinkle the potatoes evenly with the celery, salt, oregano, garlic powder and pepper.
Wrap the potatoes up in the foil and seal the foil tightly.
Place the potatoes on the grill and cover the grill.
Cook for 40 minutes or until tender.

Add toppings of your choice like sour cream, bacon pieces, chopped onions, etc.
fanned potatoes

28 Easy Veggie Sides to Make with Dinner

veggie dishes
Asparagus Risotto
Roasted Broccoli
Stuffed Zucchini
Portabello Mushroom Salad
Simple Cheesy Squash
Green Bean Salad
Asparagus with seasoned herb butter
Layered Salad
3 Bean Salad
Creamed Corn
Creamed Potatoes and Peas
Fanned Potatoes
Twice Baked Potatoes
Tomato mozzarella salad or Caprese Salad
Acorn Squash
Chive Potatoes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Romaine Fruit Salad
Waldorf Salad
Sesame Snap Peas
Ranch Pasta
Zucchini Fries
Pesto Salad
Olive salad
Oven Roasted Vegetables

Cauliflower Dish

Carrot Salad
Veggie Layered Dish

3 Ingredient Vegetable Side Dishes

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