5 Weeknight Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour

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Chef Name: Food Network KitchenFull Recipe Name: Kids Can Make: Pizza SkewersTalent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTAShow Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Kids Can Make: Pizza Skewers Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Depending on their ages (and your tolerance for mess), you may or may not want to turn dinner prep over entirely to the young chefs in your home. But these easy-enough-for-a-busy-weeknight recipes are perfect for involving both big and little kids in the kitchen, and they make tasty meals that everyone will have fun devouring.

Kick off grilling season with this easy dinner – think of it as pizza-meets-kebabs. Pull the chunks of sausage, bread and tomatoes off the skewers with your hands, dip them in tomato sauce and eat – just like a New York slice, no forks allowed. For little kids: Let them dump the ingredients into the bowl, stir them up and tear the basil leaves over the skewers. For big kids: Let them measure out the ingredients, roll out the dough and thread the skewers.

This self-serve meal lets kids load up open-face quesadillas with their choice of toppings. For little kids: Let them assemble the quesadillas before baking. For big kids: Let them add the seasonings to the beef and help cut up the vegetables for the toppings.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Sloppy Joe Sliders from Kids Can Make for KIDS CAN BAKE/KIDS CAN MAKE/EASTER, as seen on Food Network

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This is the perfect sloppy joe for little hands but with big flavor that both kids and adults will love. For little kids: Let them measure out the vegetables. For big kids: Have them stir the meat and assemble the sliders.

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Chef Name: Food Network KitchenFull Recipe Name: Kids Can Make: Taco CheeseburgerTalent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Network Kitchen’s Kids Can Make: Taco Cheeseburger, as seen on Foodnetwork.comProject: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTAShow Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Kids Can Make: Taco Cheeseburger Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Network Kitchen’s Kids Can Make: Taco Cheeseburger, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Here are two things children (and adults!) love, in a fun little package. For little kids: Let them help tear the cheese and measure the salsa. For big kids: Let them help shape and season the beef patties and shred the lettuce. Everyone can assemble his or her own taco. The generous amount of taco seasoning on the burgers, plus cooking them in a cast-iron skillet, gives them a crispy, flavorful crust.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Tofu Tenders from Kids Can Make for KIDS CAN BAKE/KIDS CAN MAKE/EASTER, as seen on Food Network

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These tofu tenders are crisp on the outside and creamy inside. Serve with the sweet and spicy sauce in this recipe or with any condiment you have on hand. For both little and big kids: Let them help measure and bread the tofu (use separate hands for the wet and dry ingredients when breading, so little fingers don’t get breaded themselves).

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