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  • Grilled cheese sandwiches cut in half and stacked ontop of each other. Alternating with orange and white cheese with a bowl of tomato soup in the background.
    10 min
    Vegetarian
    Everything you ever wanted to know about making the very best grilled cheese sandwich! Mayo or butter? Open-faced or closed? Lid on or off? There's more to a good grilled cheese than you might think!
  • Perfect white rice in a metal pan with a wooden spoon full of cooked white rice.
    Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Making white rice is easy! Avoid crunchy, mushy, or burned rice with these simple steps. Ready in under 30 minutes.
  • Easy Buttered Noodles
    18 min
    Vegetarian
    Easy buttered egg noodles with grated Parmesan cheese, parsley, and plenty of butter!
  • Pasta with Pepperoni
    35 min
    Eat Your Food! Think of pepperoni pizza, but as pasta! Kid-friendly, and parents can add some extra spice to their bowls with a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  • 35 min
    Cheesy Baked Hot Dogs! Take a perennial kid favorite—hot dogs—to the next level by adding cheese and baking them in the oven to crispy, gooey perfection. Some onions and relish help, too.
  • Broccoli Cheddar Mac Cheese
    50 min
    Vegetarian
    Perfect comfort food! Cheesy mac and cheese with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and broccoli.
  • Classic Carrot Salad
    15 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
    Try this traditional grated carrot salad with carrots, raisins, chopped apple and mayonnaise! It's one of the easiest salads to prepare, as well as being kid-friendly and good for you. Fantastic for Mother's Day, Easter, or picnic outdoors.
  • Easy Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
    30 min
    This quick chicken noodle soup using rotisserie chicken is a winner if you're cooking a family dinner. Kids love soup! You can make it quickly, freeze it, and even add a soft-boiled egg to take it up a notch.
  • Cheddar Quesadillas with Broccoli
    30 min
    Vegetarian
    Welcome to Eat Your Food! It's our recipe column with real meals for real kids. This broccoli and cheddar quesadilla may just make a believer out of your kids—and the spicy pico de gallo keeps it interesting for adventurous kids and adults alike.
  • Fancy Hot Dogs
    20 min
    Low Carb
    Hot Dog Stroganoff! A family favorite, hot dog slices sautéed with onions in a sour cream sauce, served with noodles. Easy to make, easy on the budget, and kids love it! Takes only 20 minutes, start to finish.
  • Healthy oatmeal pancakes stacked high on a whie plate drizzeled with maple syrup and topped with raspberries.
    25 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
    Looking for a gluten-free breakfast that tastes great and is easy to make? Well, look no further than these Oatmeal Pancakes. No special ingredients required — just rolled oats!
  • Cooked green lentils in vegan sloppy joes ingredients
    40 min
    Vegan, Vegetarian
    These Vegan Sloppy Joes are made with green lentils and a spice blend so good you’ll be licking the plate. You won't miss the meat! Great make-ahead or freezer meal, too.
  • Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe -close up of cheese and mushroom quesadillas stacked on top of each other with a jar of red salsa in the background.
    20 min
    Vegetarian
    Crispy, cheesy quesadillas come together in just minutes! To make these a more complete meal, we add mushrooms to the mix. They make a quick snack, or a full meal with a salad or soup on the side.
  • Skillet chicken and rice with peas
    45 min
    Gluten-Free, Healthy
    This Skillet Chicken and Rice is a classic one-pot meal, perfect for a weeknight and totally kid-friendly. Serve it on its own or with a salad, and dinner is done!
  • The best lentil burger is served on a plate with halved grape tomatoes and a spoon of green chutney is resting on the plate next to the burger. A patterned napkin is to the right of the plate and small glass containers of yogurt and chutney are visible above.
    47 min
    Vegetarian
    Elevate your basic veggie burger with the bold flavors of ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin. Top these Indian-inspired lentil burgers with cilantro chutney and you’ll want them on your weekly rotation forever!
  • Horizontal view of stacked lime refrigerator cookies coated in powdered sugar and sitting on a pink linen. A small wooden bowl of powdered sugar and small sifter are to the left. Limes on their branches are in the background.
    1 hr, 30 min
    Keep these soft, tart, citrus-flavored refrigerator cookies on hand for unexpected guests or hungry kids. Slice and bake when the need or craving for a cookie arises. Lime Icebox Cookies are freezer-friendly too!
  • Easy Pesto Mac and Cheese in a bowl
    20 min
    Vegetarian
    Mac and cheese goes green with this spinach and basil pesto from cookbook author Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod. Havarti adds a silky, creamy touch to this comfort food classic.
  • Side view of two simple breakfast quesadillas on a blue plate with a bowl of salsa to the left and a glass of orange juice above. The scrambled eggs, black beans and cilantro are visible inside the quesadilla.
    40 min
    Vegetarian
    Breakfast quesadillas are the ultimate quick, easy breakfast. Just scramble some eggs and beans, fold them into a tortilla with cheese, and cook until crispy. Make a whole batch and freeze some for a quick meal on the go!