While hectic weeknight schedules might make it difficult to embrace cooking with your kids on Monday through Friday, lazy weekends — especially in the summer — are often an ideal time to let little ones try their hands in the kitchen. This morning on an all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts celebrated young chefs and introduced a series of must-try bites that kids of all ages would be eager to both assemble and enjoy. Just in time for the last few weeks of summer, FN Dish has rounded up even more kid-friendly eats and drinks to help parents make the most of this fleeting carefree season. Read on below to find savory and sweet picks to try out with your kids at home.
It’s no secret that kids have a penchant for chicken fingers, and in her recipe for Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders (pictured above), Rachael dresses up the kid-approved classic in a flash. Ready to eat in only 35 minutes, her chicken dinner features chicken breasts dunked in a mixture of crunchy panko breadcrumbs and nutty Parmesan cheese, which helps achieve a crispy coating on the outside. Round out the plate with spaghetti topped with a tomato-garlic sauce to complete the meal.
Giada’s Mini Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pies (pictured above) both are bite-size and can be easily eaten with their hands. Giada saves time by starting with prepared pie crusts, then stuffs them with store-bought rotisserie chicken and creamy, cheesy sauce. Moms and dads will be happy that these golden-brown beauties are laced with good-for-you broccoli as well.
If you’re looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, try making Guy’s Craisy Oatmeal Cookies, an easy-to-make dessert that doesn’t require you roll out or shape the dough. Just form the coconut-studded oat-and-dried-cranberry mixture into balls, and bake them for mere minutes.