If you’ve ever been to a potluck with a kid, you know how challenging it can be to find a plate full of food he or she is familiar enough with to enjoy. So if you have upcoming cookouts or campouts, or you just want a festive meal to celebrate the start of summer, try one of these dishes. Your kids (and everyone else’s) will thank you.
Chicken and Pineapple Skewers (pictured above): Chicken coated in favorites like soy sauce, ketchup, honey and even a little brown sugar doesn’t get much more kid friendly — until you add fresh pineapple chunks and put it all on a stick.
Better-for-You Peach Crisp: Full of whole oats, fresh fruit (like peaches, plums, apples or any fruit of your choice), along with coconut oil and crunchy almonds, this crisp is tasty and so good for you that it even works for breakfast — but we doubt you’ll have any left.
Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish: Sure, you can go with a package of regular dogs, but finding link hot dogs might be a fun twist for the little guys. And what kid can resist a crunchy dill pickle on a hot day? Let kids help you make this tangy relish and watch those proud faces when it’s time to serve.
Patriotic Berry Bar: Nothing says Memorial Day like red, white and blue — especially when it involves layers of strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries. This dish is full of fresh fruit and so simple to assemble. Kids can practically make it themselves.
Panko Chicken Nuggets: With its five-star reviews, you can’t go wrong with Food Network Kitchen’s version of homemade chicken nuggets.
Beef and Black Bean Sliders: Mini hamburgers are the best way to go for tiny appetites, and Melissa d’Arabian’s version does one even better: Mix cooked black beans with beef for a lighter dish with all the protein.
Sweet and Saltines: Trisha Yearwood’s super-simple dessert combines sweet chocolate with salty crackers. Bonus: They’re made with only four ingredients you’re likely to have on hand right now.
Individual Fruit Pizzas: When it comes to special occasion food that takes a little time to prepare, try The Pioneer Woman’s personal fruit pies.
Mom’s Best Friend Brownies: These brownies contain less sugar and fat than most, so you can feel good serving them to a crowd.
Buttery Strawberry Oatmeal Bars: Nothing’s easier to feed a crowd than bar cookies, and this healthy option’s loaded with whole oats, sweet strawberry spread and even a few chia seeds for good measure.