Kid-Friendly Menu for a Playdate

Recipe ideas that will have your kids — and their friends — coming back for more.

Baked Apples

Getting the kids fed, and lunches made, before you send them off to school in the morning is a challenge enough for many moms and dads. So, when they invite friends over to play, you want a meal that is healthy, quick and easy — AND that your little picky eater (or eater of everything) will eat.


English Muffin Pizzas

From Big Red Kitchen

Serve either plain, with cheese, or for added fun, let your kids and friends decorate their own.


Pizza Roll Up


Everyone’s favorite, now in a roll format. You can also experiment with different cheeses, substitute pesto for tomato sauce, or even try some toppings inside.


Healthy Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers


A healthier alternative to breaded and fried chicken fingers.



Fun Snacks:

Barney’s Purple Hummus Dip


The addition of beets turns regular hummus into a purple treat for lunch. Plus, your child and friend will love helping you make this. Perfect to serve with baby carrots, celery sticks, green beans or bell pepper wedges.


Homemade Granola Bars

From Buns In My Oven

A healthy treat that you can serve sweet, with chocolate chips, or personalize with your favorite fruit, nut or chocolate combination.


Nutty Apple Wedges


You can also try dipping apple slices in other nut butters or cereals.



Sweet Treats:

Fruit Kebabs and Honey Yogurt Dip

From Baking Bites

Eating fruit becomes fun when chunks are threaded onto skewers and served with this lightly sweetened yogurt dip.


Maple Baked Apples


Baking apples with a touch of maple syrup yields an applesauce-like treat. Try varieties like Cortlands or MacIntosh in this recipe.


Domino Brownies

From Night Baking

Making bite sized brownies into little dominos, complete with frosting, makes eating dessert fun!