School's out in many states this week, and every parent knows what that means: the kids are home for the summer. Between camp and other activities, the summer can seem like less of a vacation and more of an exercise in patience. One thing you don't need to stress about is feeding your little ones. We've compiled a list of some of our most kid-friendly foods, so at least dinner will be easy.
Chicken fingers are a no-brainer for most kids. They're tasty, easy to eat and generally kid approved. This recipe combines all the crunch of a delicious chicken nugget without all the calories and fat that you want to avoid.
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket were originally a 1950's appetizer favorite. What could be bad: a hot dog in a flaky croissant-like dough? Rocco DiSpirito found a way to keep the delicious taste without all the calories and fat. So, give these a try the next time you're stuck looking for a snack.
Many would argue that the grilled cheese is the best thing to happen to two pieces of bread since the invention of the sandwich. iCarly actor Reed Alexander determined that the classic sandwich, while delicious, was missing some essential elements. So, he invented this pumpkin grilled veggie Panini complete with kale, zucchini, eggplant, mozzarella and whole wheat bread. In addition to its delicious taste, it's also a great way to get your kids to eat their greens.
Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is delicious and certainly a staple for school lunches, birthday parties or even daily dinners. Elizabeth Karmel from Hill Country shared her secret recipe. So if you're looking for a meal that will surely please even your pickiest kids look no further.
There are so many kinds of fancy gourmet pizza these days, it's easy to forget that with a simple dough and some toppings you can have a delicious kid-friendly dinner without much fuss. Rocco DiSpirito developed a crispy "loaded" pizza topped with mushrooms, cheese and meat but without all the calories.
Ice Cream Sandwich
No dinner is complete without a delicious dessert. Michael Symon created the perfect ice cream sandwich that's sure to become a fast favorite for your family. Make your own ice cream and cookies for this sweet treat.