Mom's Night Off

You deserve a break! Take off that apron and let your little ones give cooking a go with these easy-to-follow recipes from Real Simple.

  • Kids Cooking
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Kids Cooking

    The following kid-tested dinners and desserts from Real Simple are tasty enough for adults and foolproof enough for the junior members of the family to make. Now, if only they'd learn to load the dishwasher...

  • Ham and Pineapple Pita Pizzas
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Ham and Pineapple Pita Pizzas

    Using pitas gives your family freedom to top the pizzas to each person's liking. Have Dad help get these tasty treats in and out of the oven.

    Recipe: Ham and Pineapple Pita Pizzas

  • Pinto Bean and Cheese Tacos
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Pinto Bean and Cheese Tacos

    Taco night is a family favorite. Give the kids full responsibility for this dinner–all it takes is 5 ingredients and 20 minutes total to prepare.

    Recipe: Pinto Bean and Cheese Tacos

  • Peanut Butter and Chicken Noodles With Carrot and Cucumber Ribbons
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Peanut Butter and Chicken Noodles With Carrot and Cucumber Ribbons

    Teach kids how rewarding it is to work as a team by giving them specific tasks (peeling vegetable ribbons, shredding chicken, soaking noodles) for this Asian recipe.

    Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chicken Noodles With Carrot and Cucumber Ribbons

  • Sweet Pea Lasagna
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Sweet Pea Lasagna

    No-boil noodles make this hearty meal safe for kids to create. While the lasagna cooks, let the children play "restaurant," serving you salad and something to drink.

    Recipe: Sweet Pea Lasagna

  • Shrimp, Artichoke, and Olive Salad
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Shrimp, Artichoke, and Olive Salad

    Familiar flavors and fun colors are the family-friendly combo that makes this meal a hit.

    Recipe: Shrimp, Artichoke, and Olive Salad

  • Baked Potatoes With Broccoli and Sour Cream
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Baked Potatoes With Broccoli and Sour Cream

    This loaded baked potato gives a whole new (and tasty!) meaning to microwave meals. For a boost of protein, add shredded rotisserie chicken.

    Recipe: Baked Potatoes With Broccoli and Sour Cream

  • Chocolate-Banana Sundae
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Chocolate-Banana Sundae

    Mmm–what could be better after a meal prepared by the kids than a sweet chocolate sundae? Add a bubble bath while Dad puts your little chefs to bed, and you've got the perfect evening!

    Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Sundae

  • Yogurt Parfait With Crumbled Gingersnaps and Honey
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Yogurt Parfait With Crumbled Gingersnaps and Honey

    Parfaits are easy to assemble and easy to customize. Add the family's favorite fruit to this dessert for a pop of fresh, healthy flavor.

    Recipe: Yogurt Parfait With Crumbled Gingersnaps and Honey

  • Nutella and Raspberry Sandwiches
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Nutella and Raspberry Sandwiches

    You've heard of breakfast for dinner, now try breakfast for dessert! Plus, this is one sandwich your kids would love to pack for lunch the next day.

    Recipe: Nutella and Raspberry Sandwiches

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