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Kids love to experiment so why not get them busy in the kitchen making easy kids meals? By following these simple recipes, children can have fun helping to make meals the whole family can enjoy together.

Whether you have a budding chef or a picky eater, here are some ideas for fun kids meal they’ll love preparing and putting in their bellies. Getting your little ones to help you in the kitchen is a great weekend activity because you have more time and are more relaxed. It can teach kids basic culinary skills, help develop independence and may even encourage them to try new foods. These are kid-friendly recipe ideas for quick and easy suppers, tasty snacks and tempting desserts that children can make—with a bit of supervision from mom, dad or the grandparents. Grab your apron (don’t forget a mini-chef apron!), gather your ingredients from Walmart.ca and get cooking!

Easy Kids Meals & Desserts:

  • 3-Cheese Veggie Mac & Cheese
  • Weeknight Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Easy Balsamic Focaccia Bread
  • Skillet Turkey Chili
  • Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
  • Pizza Grilled Cheese
  • Taco Soup
  • Barbecue Chicken Pizza
  • Chicken Taco Bowl
  • Hot Fudge Sundaes
  • Ice Cream Snowmen
  • Ooey Gooey Caramel S’mores

3-Cheese Veggie Mac & Cheese3-Cheese Veggie Mac & Cheese

A healthier twist on classic comfort food, this macaroni and cheese with Cream of Broccoli Dry Soup mix by Knorr has frozen vegetables in it. Get the kiddoes to help shred or sprinkle the cheddar, Swiss and Parmesan.

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 25 min
Serving size: 8

Weeknight Spaghetti & MeatballsWeeknight Spaghetti & Meatballs

A timesaver on evenings when everyone has somewhere to go, this classic pasta dish is simple for your kids to help prepare. Put one in charge of stirring the Old World Style pasta sauce by Ragú and the other in charge of tearing up lettuce for a salad to go with it. Make the recipe even easier by using ready-made Italian meatballs.

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serving size: 6

Easy Balsamic Focaccia BreadEasy Balsamic Focaccia Bread

Kids can easily make freshly baked bread to have with their sketti and meatballs. This simple focaccia recipe calls for refrigerated pizza dough, so it’s not only super quick but a fun way for little bakers to get hands-on experience in the kitchen. They’ll love gently pressing fresh rosemary and Kraft’s 100% Parmesan grated cheese into the dough!

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 40 min
Serving size: 16

Skillet Turkey ChiliSkillet Turkey Chili

Fast, flavourful and family friendly, here’s a good alternative to the traditional beef chili using lean ground turkey instead. Get the kids involved in making this nutritious one-pot meal by letting them (depending on age and skill levels) gather pantry ingredients, open the cans of red kidney beans and diced tomatoes (both by Great Value), pour contents and stir the chili.

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 35 min
Serving size: 6

Broccoli Cheese CasseroleBroccoli & Cheese Casserole

This side dish reminds me of how Mom used to melt cheese on vegetables for my sister and me to get us to like them. Let your children help with simple food-prep tasks like washing the broccoli florets and adding the shredded cheddar cheese to the creamy sauce that’s made with Homestyle Chicken Stock by Knorr. Cheesy cauliflower is also yummy!

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 35 min
Serving size: 6

Pizza Grilled CheesePizza Grilled Cheese  

A hybrid of two faves that almost everyone craves now and then, the classic grilled cheese sandwich is updated with pizza sauce and pizza mozzarella cheese by Great Value. It’s a quick and satisfying snack or lunch when you have a hankering for a tasty slice but no time. It’s fun for kids to make and eat!

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 8 min
Serving size: 1

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Taco SoupTaco Soup

Soups are a good option for children as they learn to cook because most recipes are quite forgiving. Soups (for the most part) allow for experimentation and don’t always require precise measurements of ingredients. Here’s one that’s a lot like the hamburger soup we ate growing up in Atlantic Canada. The difference is it incorporates spicy, zesty flavours inspired by tacos!  You could use black beans instead of ground beef if you’d prefer a plant-based dish. Kids may even want to pack this hearty homemade soup in their school lunch bag.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 40 min
Serving size: 8

Barbecue Chicken PizzaBarbecue Chicken Pizza

Let the kids help in the kitchen when you plan your next pizza night. This easy recipe calls for BBQ chicken, but of course, you can add whatever toppings you like to a homemade or store-bought pizza crust like Pizza Crusts by Udi’s. Prepping ingredients for pizzas also creates teachable moments when the kids are old enough to learn how to chop vegetables like red peppers and red onions.

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Serving size: 4

Chicken Taco BowlChicken Taco Bowl

How cool is this? No need to wash your bowl after dinner—you eat it!  If you want a fun meal idea for a family staycation, weekly game night or a tween’s sleepover, this easy recipe offers a fresh take on traditional Mexican tacos. Kids will love making and then gobbling up these tasty whole wheat tortillas by Dempster’s that are baked into crispy bowls.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serving size: 4

Hot Fudge SundaesHot Fudge Sundaes

Everyone agrees that Fun Fridays are even more fun when you get to make and eat sundaes! Why not have an old-fashioned ice cream social with all the fixings? Breyers has a flavour to suit every sweet tooth in your family! Let the kids (and kids at heart) choose ice cream toppings like hot fudge, cool whipped cream, crunchy nuts, sweet maraschino cherries and other garnishes to create their own yummy desserts.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 0 min
Serving size: 4

Ice Cream SnowmenIce Cream Snowmen

Here’s one of the sweetest and simplest dessert recipes for kids to make—snow or no snow. Each snowman is made with three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Each scoop is rolled in coconut flakes. Yum! Building snowmen indoors is extra fun when kids get to personalize their cute edible creations with their favourite fruit and candy.

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 0 min
Serving size: 4

Ooey Gooey Caramel SmoresOoey Gooey Caramel S’mores

Who has s’more fun than happy campers? It may be cool outside, but you can still pretend that it’s summer with a chocolate-caramel treat that reminds you of toasting marshmallows over a bonfire. Hosting a kids’ slumber party any time soon? Your kids and their friends can make these easy-peasy ooey-gooey s’mores, throw their sleeping bags down on the rec room floor, tell ghost stories and imagine camping out under the stars. Stock up on coffee for yourself … it could be an all-nighter!

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 1 min
Serving size: 6

Have fun and don’t be afraid to get a little messy while creating these easy kids meals as a family. Check out this article by Money Crashers for some easy and healthy lunch ideas for kids that they can help pack for school.

A heaping helping of love, a dash of laughter and a pinch of patience are all it takes to get your young chef cooking with confidence. Did you see this Gourmet Fun Chef’s Hat for Kids by Starfrit? I know what I’ll be ordering next from Walmart.ca for the young chef in my family!

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Kelli Rickard lives just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a senior copywriter and former radio announcer, she’s a seasoned communicator who has written about everything from kitchen spatulas to rock stars to news stories for nearly 30 years. Kelli is a proud Maritimer who loves cooking healthy meals and puttering around the house as her tuxedo-wearing cat supervises. When not perfecting the art of being a homebody, she enjoys trips to nearby beaches and distant shores with her husband, working out, and catching up with friends over great food and wine.