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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

15 Easy Recipes for Kids That Don’t Require an Oven

15 Easy Recipes for Kids That Don’t Require an Oven
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When summer’s in full swing, you definitely don’t want to turn on the oven. And with kids out of school, you need to keep them busy. What better way to do that than involve them in the kitchen making some fun and easy treats together?

These treats are a healthier alternative to candy and slushies and ice cream bars. And they’re so easy to make!

It’s a great way to spend some time together, start building healthy habits, and get kids involved in the process of their food. Perfect for a rainy day, or when you all need a break from the sun.

Here are 15 easy recipes for kids to try this summer

1. Sugar-Free Watermelon Raspberry Popsicles

    All you need to make these beauties is fruit, a blender and popsicle molds. Getting some popsicle molds will be well worth the investment, since pure fruit based popsicles are getting so expensive.

    You can use these molds over and over again every year, trying different flavors and combinations.

    Get the recipe by Dreena Burton

    2. 5-Ingredient No Bake Brownies

      With just 5 ingredients (plus an optional chocolate drizzle), you can get these super fudgy brownies going any day of the week. And with no added sugar, you can rest assured these are adding nutrition to growing bodies with every bite.

      Chances are you’re going to get requests to make these again and again, so keep the date supply stocked at all times…

      Get the recipe by Brittany Mullins of Eating Bird Food

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      3. Refreshing Creamsicle Smoothie

        Get that creamsicle flavor at home, with fresh oranges and all healthy ingredients. No driving, no lines, no disposable cups.

        These are a perfect mid-afternoon refresher when things have been hot and wild in the summer sun. Make your own, to sip while the kiddos are slurping.

        Get the recipe by Kathy Patalsky of Healthy Happy Life

        4. Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats

          A vegan twist on rice crispie squares, made with natural almond butter and brown rice syrup, is easy to put together and not quite as goopy as the marshmallow version.

          Kids will feel super pleased with themselves, and because rice crips are so chewy, these might just slow them down long enough to sit.

          Get the recipe by Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows

          5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

            Game to try something different? These cookie dough bites are made with a base of chickpeas for a low-glycemic treat. And with no raw eggs, there’s nothing to worry about – go fancy and make the truffles with the coating, or just eat the cookie dough right from the bowl.

            Get the recipe by Ricki Heller, on veganook

            6. Chocolate Hummus

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              If you want to try another interesting sweet treat with chickpeas, this chocolate hummus looks perfect to pair with fresh fruit for a sneaky high-protein snack. This will fuel lasting energy through the afternoon, and fill small bodies with important nutrients, like calcium and iron, as well as those powerful antioxidants in cocoa.

              Get the recipe by Terita Heath-Wlaz on Super Healthy Kids

              7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

                Although chocolate chips and coconut are hard to top, the base of these energy bites could lead you in all kinds of different directions.

                Get creative in making different flavor combos, based on what’s in your cupboards. With a bit of flaxseed in there, you’ll boost the omega-3 content which is important for kids.

                Get the recipe by Marly of Namely Marly

                8. Raw Vegan Candy Apples

                  This could make a fun choose-your-topping adventure. The vegan caramel is so easy to whip up. Then set out small plates with different toppings, and kids can create their own masterpieces. These are just as much fun to eat as they are to create!

                  Get the recipe by Vanessa Croessmann of Vegan Family Recipes

                  9. Banana French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

                    This recipe is best for slightly older kids, or younger kids could be your sous-chef to dip the bread and pass to you for frying. But no matter what, get the whole family ready to enjoy a Sunday brunch feast with this delicious french toast.

                    The caramelized bananas are a cut above your average french toast topping, and you might want to add some berries or sliced melon.

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                    Get the recipe by Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa

                    10. Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

                      This is a perfect post-dinner project and can set everyone up for a healthy and delicious breakfast to grab and go in the morning. Who knows, if they get hooked on it you could try to keep it going through the school year!

                      Get the recipe by Mel of A Virtual Vegan

                      11. Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

                        With just four ingredients, this is the epitome of easy recipes for kids – and is so incredibly delicious! Cherries have such a rich flavor, and this will make for a supremely decadent dessert. Homemade ice cream without all the sugar and dairy is a totally healthy way to wind up the evening.

                        Get the recipe by Dianne Wenz of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

                        12. Watermelon Blueberry Salad

                          It’s not possible to get too much watermelon in the summer, and this easy fruit salad is so irresistible you may have to make this daily while it’s in season. With a zesty pop of flavor from mint and lime, this is a sure-fire winner.

                          Get the recipe by Amy Katz of Veggies Save the Day

                          13. No-Bake Chocolate Cereal Layer Cake

                            With just seven ingredients, this cake is easy enough for anyone to make. Adults will probably want to handle the frosting, but the cake itself is so simple.

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                            It looks so impressive that anyone would feel proud to have made it, and the kids will surely revel in presenting their creation to the table for a decadent dessert.

                            Get the recipe by Nicole Axworthy, for Nature’s Path

                            14. Almond Date No-Bake Cookies

                              These little guys are over-the-top cute, and Audrey gives so many images of ideas to try with this easy no-bake cookie base. From hedgehogs to stars to hearts to fish and beyond… Let your creative sides go wild, and see what you come up with!

                              Get the recipe by Audrey of Unconventional Baker

                              15. Healthy Snickers Ice Cream Bites

                                These look – and taste – so decadent that you wouldn’t believe how healthy these little bites are! With only four ingredients, they are incredibly easy to make.

                                Warning: they will likely become addictive to anyone who bites into one. Tempting thought it may be to make a giant batch, you may want to keep a limited supply on hand.

                                Get the recipe by Rhian of Rhian’s Recipes

                                Kitchen Tips for Kids

                                Obviously be careful with anything sharp, like knives and food processor blades, and anything hot, like a frying pan.

                                Kids might like wearing an apron to feel like a chef, and it will help keep clothes at least somewhat clean. They might even want to have an afternoon session to decorate their own special apron.

                                Even if they can’t yet do all the steps of a recipe themselves yet, involving them in the process shows them how their favorite treats come together. Giving them a taste for the abundant flavors of wholesome healthful foods early on helps to set kids up for healthy habits in the long term.

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                                Making a mess in the kitchen is a rite of passage for any budding chef. But my dad always used to ask me when we finished any project what the most important part was. Cleaning up!

                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                                A vegan, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and a food lover.

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                                20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

                                20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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                                It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

                                Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

                                Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

                                1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

                                  These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

                                  Get the recipe here.

                                  2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

                                    This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

                                    To try this recipe, go here.

                                    3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

                                      Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

                                      Check out the recipe here.

                                      4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                                        Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                                        Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                        5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                                          This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                                          Find the recipe here.

                                          6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                                            The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                                            Get the recipe for this dish here.

                                            7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                                              Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                                              You can find the recipe here.

                                              8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                                                Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                                                Find the recipe here.

                                                9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                                                  This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                                                  Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                  10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                                                    Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                                                    The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                                                    11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                                                      Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                                                      Find the recipe here.

                                                      12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                                        This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                                        Find the recipe here.

                                                        13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                                          Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                                          This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                                          14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                                            Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                                            Find out how to make it here.

                                                            15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                                              This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                                              The recipe can be found here.

                                                              16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                                                This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                                                Find the recipe here.

                                                                17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                                                  Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                                                  Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                                                  18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                                                    Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                                                    Find the recipe here.

                                                                    19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                                                      Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                                                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                                      20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                                        Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                                        Get the recipe here.

                                                                        Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                                        Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                                        Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                                        1. Lose the Sugar

                                                                        Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                                        2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                                        Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                                        3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                                        Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                                        When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                                        Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                                        Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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