Family Menus

The Family channel is a collection of menus that the whole family will enjoy. In this section see how the kids can help you in the kitchen and check out what the Gosselins are doing for dinner.


Kids are more likely to eat food they've helped to prepare. And they love pizza and pasta. With that in mind, we've come up with five Italian-inspired dishes that even the littlest ones can have a hand in making.

Panna cotta may seem like a fancy dessert, but it's actually quite simple to make. And with these five tips, your Italian desserts will come out just right -- every time.

Crafting your own frozen treats at home isn't rocket science. (Rocket science isn't nearly so delicious.) Here are five tips to help you sail through gelato making.

They're both delicious, creamy, cold desserts, but are ice cream and gelato really different from each other? Get the scoop on what separates these frozen treats.

It's a flaky pastry tube with a creamy delicious filling. But what's that filling supposed to be made of, and is there room to experiment?

Few things cause more joy in young children than eating. Sometimes, though, overzealous (and clumsy) hands don't quite know how to handle certain foods, and healthy snacks and sweet treats alike can be hazardous.

Kate and her kids prepared these dishes with chef Emeril Lagasse. Now you can try these delicious, kid-friendly recipes with your little ones.

School lunches used to be notoriously unhealthy, but recent concerns about childhood obesity have encouraged cafeterias to offer healthier menu items. Discover new food preparation techniques schools are implementing.

For the majority of designated family chefs, meal preparation seems like a thankless chore. But children can shoulder some of that workload -- and have a blast cooking alongside you in the kitchen.

Regardless if your little one is a model infant or the most troublesome toddler, you can never be too careful in the kitchen. Hazardous chemicals, sharp edges and hot surfaces are just a few things that can harm your little one.

For over a generation, school children have been taught that the tongue could distinguish four tastes: salty, sweet, bitter and sour. But can kids taste one of these more than adults can?

Don't forget your lunchbox! In our gallery, discover everything you need to know about packing a great lunch.

Are you cooking for kids? Not many children can refuse chicken fingers, hamburgers and smores. Check out these pictures of amazing kid-friendly foods that everyone will enjoy.

Your little one may wrinkle his nose at green beans, but what if he helped wash them and snap the ends off? For the sake of pride and hard work, is he likelier to take a big bite of vegetables?

Your child may not like to eat spinach but loves gulping down smoothies. So why not puree the dark greens with blueberries for a covert nutrition operation? That's not the only sneaky idea we've got.

The lunch box was born in the 1800s. But it wasn't until the 1950s that it became the ultimate accessory for school children. How has this lunch container evolved over the decades?

Food allergies can result in hives, congestion, nausea, dizziness -- even loss of consciousness. What foods are people commonly allergic to, and how can you avoid them like the devil?

Who would have ever imagined that the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables would be to make them grow their own -- at school? It turns out that a trowel, some seeds and a little soil are great tools for budding veggie lovers.

Before chains and huge advertising budgets, you may not have gotten exactly what you thought you were getting when you went to a restaurant. But cafeterias took the guesswork out of ordering.

Some kids prefer sandwiches without crusts, while others only like plain hamburgers. Kids can be picky eaters, but there are several meals that always seem to be winners. And you can make them healthy to boot.

When school lunches consist of nuggets, French fries and other fried products, it makes you wonder who's deciding what kids eat. What kinds of rules do schools have to follow when they feed students?

You've seen it in movies and on TV -- the high school cafeteria or the camp commissary, where bored kids pick up their food and fling it across the room onto their nemesis. But what really goes on behind food fights?

Gone are soggy tater tots and mystery meats from these schools' lunch trays. Could childhood obesity be eliminated if kids had no choice but to eat arugula salads, baby carrots and soy milk for lunch?

You may not like beans, but eating them probably won't kill you. On the other hand, your best friend has to avoid wheat like the plague. What are some of the most common allergenic foods?

What foods do children crave? That's a no-brainer. But what kinds of foods (that they'll actually eat) nurture their gray matter?