Having the whole family in the house for the holidays can feel overwhelming. With kids home all day, you may be looking for ways to get in them involved in the kitchen to keep them entertained and have some extra hands to help out. These kid-friendly recipes are both great to share with the family and get the kids in the kitchen! From easy recipes like baked apples and peanut butter cookies, these kid-friendly recipes are great to get the whole family involved! Don’t forget to check out these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
1. Hot Apples
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Apple season is the perfect time to pick apples by the bushel: then dehydrate them to make apple chips, bake them, and slice and dip them in assorted nut butters. This easy recipe for Hot Apples by The Adventurous Eaters Club by Misha and Vicky Collins will fill your entire house with a homey, delicious aroma as it bubbles and bakes. This naturally sweet treat is so simple that the most difficult thing will be waiting for it to cool down enough to eat.
2. Taquitos with Avocado Sauce
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Fry these Taquitos with Avocado Sauce by Vegan Junk Food, Lane Gold and you’re well on the way to making an irresistible junk food. You can get your kids involved by having them roll up the taquitos before they get put in the oven, or even have them try to drizzle the sauce over top! These taquitos also make wonderful finger foods for at-home movie nights and for a quick dinner!
3. Holiday Gingerbread Cookies
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These Holiday Gingerbread Cookies by Holly Jade are super easy to make and taste delicious. They are crisp ginger cookies that are perfectly spiced, decorated with homemade vegan royal icing which drys out at room temperature. This is a classic recipe for Christmas which everyone will enjoy. Even pop a few on a plate along with a glass of dairy-free milk for Santa, we’re sure he’ll want more than one!
4. 15-Minute Tofu Scramble
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Looking for a new breakfast recipe? This 15-Minute Tofu Scramble by Lenny Wu is perfect! It’s chock full of amazing ingredients and it only takes 15 minutes to make! This is perfect to make for a family breakfast and even have the kids add in their own ingredients.
5. Cast-Iron Roasted Potato Wedges
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Garlicky, slightly spicy, warm, and bright, these are the best roasted potatoes ever. Maybe an exaggeration…maybe not. Guess you’ll have to try them out and decide for yourself. These Cast-Iron Roasted Potato Wedges by Taavi Moore are seasoned with chimichurri spice, dried thyme leaves, salt, and pepper; then tossed in a bit of tamari, garlic, lemon zest, and oil. It’s the perfect combination of flavors. These cast-iron roasted potato wedges are golden brown and perfectly crispy, with a delicious melange of spices and aromas. You have to try them!
6. The Creamiest Mac and Cheese
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The flavor and creaminess of this pasta dish make it a hit! Mushrooms and spinach add extra nutrients, but if these aren’t popular in your house feel free to swap in other veggies. This The Creamiest Mac and Cheese by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD include chopped peppers and green peas, which can offer a tasty twist.
7. Stick Juice
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Inspired by Mexican horchata, this rice milk is named for the cinnamon sticks that infuse it with flavor. This Stick Juice by The Adventurous Eaters Club by Misha and Vicky Collins is easy to make and involves pounding cinnamon sticks, which kids will appreciate. (You’ll need some cheesecloth for straining.)
8. Herb Cauliflower Fritters
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What’s fab about this recipe is everything! This Herb Cauliflower Fritters by Gabrielle St. Claire packed with cauliflower, fresh herbs, involves a handful of ingredients, packs tons of flavor, perfect for any season, great for entertaining!
9. Roasted Broccolini
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This Roasted Broccolini by HeeJee Lee is seasoned with delicious cashew-nutritional yeast flavoring. For a nut-free version, substitute cashew nuts with hemp seed. Even kids would love it. Broccolini is superior to broccoli––it holds its texture and crunchiness so much better after being cooked and the bushy head holds so much spice without becoming mushy. That’s why it might be better suited to giving to children
10. Sweet Pull-Apart Chocolate Bread
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Sweet chocolate bread is a special treat! This Sweet Pull-Apart Chocolate Bread by Mireille Aikman is filled with choco nibs, nuts, and cacao. Serve it with breakfast or wait until dessert. You can have kids add in the different ingredients and even have them take part in the kneading process!
11. Super-Seedy Muesli Bars
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These nut-free treats are really easy to make, and they can be packed with whatever ingredients you like! The dates are a wholesome natural sweetener, and when paired with a liquid sweetener, the dry ingredients stick together to form a slab of seedy goodness. These Super-Seedy Muesli Bars by Incredible Plant-Based Desserts, Anthea Cheng can be enjoyed on the go, such as on a hiking trip.
12. Quick and Easy Holiday Chocolate Rounds
These are so hard-to-resist-delicious that you’ll need to make a couple of batches in order to actually share them with family! The epitome of simplicity, they have less than 5 ingredients, and only take about 10 minutes to make! These Quick and Easy Holiday Chocolate Rounds by Christina Bedetta have a creamy texture and rich flavor, they will DEFINITELY satisfy any and all chocolate lovers in your family! Enjoy!
13. Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
Soft vegan peanut butter cookies are the ultimate cozy Sunday afternoon treat. These cookies are so yummy and easy to make. Topping these soft vegan peanut butter cookies with chopped roasted peanuts will give them additional crunch and flavor. The best part is that these Soft Peanut Butter Cookies by Fabio Gallo are simple to make, and kids can press in the peanuts to make cool shapes on the cookies.
14. One Pot Pasta Bake
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This One Pot Pasta Bake by James Wythe comes together easily because it’s all in one pot! What could be better? Not only is the flavor amazing, but you’ll feel like you’re eating a fancy pasta dish instead of a one pot meal. The melted cheese takes this recipe to the next level!
15. Rustic Roasted Veggie Pizza With Lentil Crust
This pizza is perfect to make with your family! You can get the kids involved by having them add their own toppings, vegan cheese, and even spread the sauce! They will love to make their own creations and watch this pizza cook in the oven. This recipe is also wonderful for a quick meal to make for busy weekday nights, and feel free to use pre-made pizza crust (just check if it’s vegan!).
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