Recipes to Make With Kids

Muffins, Pizza, Quesadillas and More
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Let your kitchen helpers try their hand at these kid-friendly recipes:

Fruit Gobbler

This fruit-filled tribute to the Thanksgiving turkey is a favorite of Lil' Chef founder Susan Caldwell; originally from


Bosc pear (head)
Melon (body)
Cheese (beak and tail feathers)
Red pepper (snood, feet and side feathers)
Raisins (eyes)
Grapes (tail feathers)
Bamboo skewers


1. Stabilize the melon body by cutting a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base. Using a section of bamboo skewer, attach a pear head to the melon.

2. Cut a cheese triangle beak and red pepper snood. Attach both, along with raisin eyes, to the head with sections of toothpick.

3. Cut red pepper feet and set them in place. For tail feathers, skewer cheese cubes and red grapes, then insert the skewers as shown. Pin pepper side feathers in place with toothpicks.

(For a photo of the completed bird, visit


Berry Tasty Muffins

Adapted from


½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
Nonstick cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oatmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Fold in the blueberries.

3. In another bowl, beat the egg, then mix in the milk, vegetable oil and mix. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

4. Spoon in the batter into the muffin cups until they're about two-thirds full. Bake until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

(For original recipes, visit


Biscuit Pizza

Kris Ference and her family make this recipe about once a week. Twelve-year-old Hayes and 9-year-old Izabella like to choose their ingredients and assemble the pizzas themselves, and Izabella especially likes adding artsy details with fresh veggies.


Pop-and-bake tube of biscuits
Pizza sauce
Grated cheese
An assortment of toppings: pepperoni, olives, fresh veggies, etc.


1. Open the tube of biscuits and flatten them out slightly on a baking pan.

2. Add sauce, cheese and your choice of toppings.

3. Bake in a 375-degree oven until biscuits are golden brown and cheese is bubbling, about 10-15 minutes.


Chicken Quesadillas

From Kris and Izabella Ference, as learned at Lil' Chef


Flour tortillas
Rotisserie chicken
Shredded cheese


1. Sprinkle cheese and shredded rotisserie chicken on one side of a tortilla.

2. Fold in half, wrap it in foil, and bake in a 350-degree the oven until the cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes.

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