Kids in the Kitchen

A good diet is important for you and your kids. Bring the kids in the kitchen and develop their palates by introducing them to a variety of foods that are easy to prepare. Read about what foods are good for kid's brains to the best snacks.

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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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Maria Trimarchi

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?

By Maria Trimarchi


Kids are known for their picky ways at the dinner table, but with a little bit of ingenuity, you can have them eating their veggies and protein in no time.

By Sara Elliott

Making dinner every night isn't always easy, especially when you have kids. But don't worry -- you can create these no-fail meals your children are sure to love, regardless how long you have to prepare.

By Jessica Willis

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.

By Christine Venzon

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


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.

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Chris Obenschain

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?

By Sara Elliott

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?

By Victoria Vogt

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.

By Gallagher Flinn

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.

By Jessica Brown

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?

By Emilie Sennebogen


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?

By Jane McGrath

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

By Alia Hoyt

If your elbows creep onto the table or you hijack the salt and pepper as it's being passed to one of your dinner companions, you're breaking etiquette. Sounds like you need to learn some manners.

By Amy Hunter

Kids normally outgrow their narrow eating habits, but that doesn't mean their picky taste doesn't frustrate their parents while it lasts. What are some good ways to help coax a child out of a food rut?

By Julia Layton


You want the best for you child -- that includes the best snacks. These healthy treats will satisfy and nourish your little ones. Snack confidently!

By Jane McGrath

A nutritious and balanced diet is the most important thing to ensure that your child has a head start toward a healthy life. But which are the best? And which ones will they actually eat?

By Emilie Sennebogen

Sometimes, your child may have to make their own meal if you're not around to prepare one for them. Without asking them to use the stove, you can give your kids simple ways to cook for themselves. Learn easy meal preparation techniques for kids.

By the Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine