Easy Kids Meals with 6 or Fewer Ingredients

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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 year olds 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 for Snacks


  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/4 Cup cheese
  • Olives or Salsa, optional
Sprinkle cheese on top of tortilla. Add olives or salsa if desired. Place other tortilla on top and bake in microwave for 30 seconds until cheese melts. For a crispy quesadilla, have adult bake in the oven.
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Homemade Apple Leather

Learn how to make homemade apple fruit leather.
apple fruit leather


On microwave safe plate scatter tortilla chips. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and melt in the microwave 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. This is a quick easy kids meal that kids can do for an after school snack.
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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 Cup Sour cream
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise-don't use miracle whip
  • 1 Cup chopped tomatoes
  • Crackers
Place a paper towel on a microwave safe plate. Lay bacon on top. Cook bacon in microwave 3-4 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Remove from microwave. Don’t forget to use hot pads. Crumble bacon and set 1 teaspoon aside. In bowl add together remaining bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise and tomatoes. Stir to blend together. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour up to 3 hours. Sprinkle reserved bacon on top. Serve with crackers.
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Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

  • Thin sliced ham in rectangular shapes
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 Cup grated cheddar cheese
In bowl combine cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Spread on ham slices. Roll up and cut into bite size pieces. This can also make a great easy kids recipe for lunches.
ham roll upsham cheese on cracker

Banana Roll-up

See recipes for banana wraps

Avocado Crackers

Flavored Popcorn

Pop microwave popcorn according to package directions.
For Parmesan Seasoning: Stir together 2 Tablespoons melted margarine and 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese. Toss with warm popped popcorn.
For Taco seasoning: stir together 2 Tablespoons melted butter and 1 teaspoon Taco seasoning mix. Toss.
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Banana Balls

  • 1/2 cup cheerios or rice krispies cereal or your favorite, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • Mini chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers or cookies, extra crushed cereal or shredded coconut
In a mixing bowl add cereal, peanut butter and peeled banana. Stir and mash all together. In small bowl add your topping of choice. Form mixture into balls and roll in toppings. Set in fridge until ready to eat or until firm.
  banana peanut butter balls
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Pizza Toast

Pizza Toast Recipe
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Cereal Snack Mix

  • 3 Cups plain popcorn or pretzelssnack mix
  • 1 Cup peanuts or mixed nyts
  • 3 Cups Quaker Oatmeal Squares or Chex cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Pop popcorn and set aside in a large bowl. Add peanuts and cereal. In separate small bowl mix butter with Worcestershire sauce. Pour over popcorn mixture. Adult should bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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Frozen Yogurt Bites Recipe

Frozen Yogurt Bites
yogurt bites

Creamy Fruit Dip

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
Combine all ingredients together and chill. Serve with fresh fruit.

Homemade Potato Chips

  • Baking potatoes, thinly sliced by an adult or potato slicer
  • olive oil or cooking spray
  • salt
Place thin potato slices on a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil or cooking spray and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Arrange in a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until crispy.
homemade potato chips

Peanut Butter Dip

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Apple slices, banana slices, celery sticks, carrot sticks or other cut fruit and vegetables
In a small bowl add peanut butter, yogurt and honey. Stir together until well blended. Serve with cut fruit and vegetables of your choice.

peanut butter dip
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Banana Chips

Bananas cut in long strips
Place bananas on a sheet of waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 225 degrees F or until crispy. Allow to cool. Peel off paper and serve with yogurt for dipping or eat as is.

banana chips banana chips with yogurt dip

Banana Bites

  • chocolate frosting or Nutella
  • chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chopped cookies, etc.
  • banana
  • toothpicks

Cut banana in 1 inch slices. Insert toothpick into each slice and place on a sheet of waxed paper lined plate. Freeze 20-30 minutes. This will make it easier to dip. Dip banana slices in chocolate frosting or nutella. Then roll in nuts or coconut whatever you choose. Freeze until firm.
banana bites

Tortilla Dip

by Sholanda (USA)
Melt two 8 oz bars of cream cheese with one can of rotel tomatoes the microwave for 3 minutes and serve with tortilla chips. * I like to add 1 lb of ground breakfast sausage for a little more substance.

Frozen Yogurt Bites

yogurt bites
If you need a simple snack that kids can easily put together or maybe a quick after school snack, these are perfect for you! Using your favorite yogurt, berries, chopped fruit and toppings of your choice is all you need.
  • Yogurt
  • Berries or chopped fruit
  • Toppings: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.
Layer silcone cups with yogurt and berries. Top with your favorite toppings. Place in the freezer until solid. Enjoy a frozen mini treat!

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Hummus dip 
1 can of chickpeas (drained) 1/2 cup of sesame seed paste One clove of garlic, minced Lemon juice Mash the chickpeas until they are blended. …

Mixed Homemade Tortilla Chips 
2 flour tortillas 2 corn tortillas 2 sun-dried tomato tortillas 2 spinach tortillas Nonstick cooking spray salt, garlic salt, onion salt or chili …

Artsy Snack-Time Pretzels 
Ingredients: 12 Oz. of milk chocolate chips 20 circular pretzels Toppings that you like (such as m&m's, sprinkles, mini marshmallows,reese's pieces …

Taco Snack Mix 
3 Cups baked cheese crackers 2 Cups butter flavored pretzel sticks 1 Cup of peanuts 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil 2 Tablespoons of dry taco seasoning …

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