Our Best Healthy Recipes for Kids and Families

Cook up healthy family dinners and snacks with recipe ideas from Food Network chefs.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Made in the slow cooker, Melissa's healthy, hearty soup practically cooks itself. To save time, she subs tortilla chips for fresh tortillas: "My favorite kind are the better-for-you baked white tortilla chips with a hint of lime."

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Make-Your-Own Tacos

Swap ground bison for beef as a lower-calorie and lower-fat alternative (when you've had your fill of turkey). The hearty meat pairs perfectly with cubed sweet potato and squash. Let your family pick their favorite toppings from peppers and radishes to avocado and Greek yogurt.

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Spiced Oven-Fried Potatoes

These potato wedges are tossed with spices and a little vegetable oil and baked until crispy for a better-for-you alternative to French fries.

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Crunchy Chicken "Toes"

Rachael cuts chicken tenders into bite-sized "toes" that are perfect for little eaters. Baked until crunchy, they're a great substitute for deep-fried fingers.

Get the Recipe: Crunchy, Oven Baked Chicken Toes

Light Chicken Caesar Salad

To lighten up this favorite salad, Food Network Magazine uses Greek yogurt in the dressing. Topped with slices of boneless, skinless chicken breast, it makes a filling main dish.

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Quick and Creamy Fruit Salad

Sunny's yogurt-dressed fruit salad makes a smart and satisfying snack, dessert or light breakfast.

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Oven-Fried Chicken

Corn cereal crumbs and crushed crackers create a delicious coating for Ellie Krieger's faux-fried chicken. A light spray of olive oil before baking guarantees lightly crispy results.

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Baby Banana Splits

These classic splits use baby bananas, which keeps the portion size in check. They're roasted and topped with a scoop of ice cream and chopped nuts.

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Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Need a new go-to chicken breast recipe? Roasting them in the oven with potatoes and a mixture of garlic, brown sugar and lemon amps up the flavor of a simple, comforting dish.

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Fruit Salsa

Aarón jazzes up fruit salad with a colorful mix of kiwi, mango, papaya and mint tossed with a splash of orange juice.

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Two-Potato Home Fries

Lighten up a classic morning side dish with this combo of sweet potatoes and Yukon golds sauteed in just a little oil and spiced up to your family's liking.

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Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese

This easy mac-and-cheese recipe is perfect for family night and features a lineup of light dairy products — without sacrificing flavor. Low-fat sour cream, part-skim mozzarella and nutty Parmesan lend a taste and texture that's plenty rich.

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BBQ Kale Chips

These kale chips offer all the crunch and flavor of regular potato chips — and then some. Paprika, ancho chile powder, garlic powder and dry mustard come together to form a robust seasoning that beats the salty store-bought stuff. 

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie's turkey burgers are healthy but far from bland. She stuffs each patty with mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers for creamy texture and sweet, smoky flavor.

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Granola Bars

Alton Brown's wholesome granola bars are chock-full of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. When making this kid-friendly snack at home, old-fashioned rolled oats are key.   

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Better Burger with Green Olives

Kids love burgers, so let them enjoy the American classic a healthier way. Ellie combines the ground meat with chopped green olives, fresh parsley and a bit of cumin for a flavor boost. Try this versatile recipe with turkey or beef.  

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Mini Toasted Strawberry Shortcakes

Surprise the kids with these adorable, hand-held treats from Food Network Kitchen before the season of summer strawberries is over. Using store-bought angel food cake will help save time.

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Oven-Baked Almond Fish Sticks

Crushed almonds and bran flakes replace a traditional breadcrumb coating in this lower-carb, protein-packed fish stick recipe. Serve these baked-not-fried bites with a side of your family's favorite marinara sauce for dipping.

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Chickpea Crust Pizza

Chickpea flour stands above wheat flour in protein and folate content, making it the perfect pizza crust swap. Top with a homemade tomato sauce (so you can skip any unnecessary sugar), provalone cheese and chicken sausge.

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"Macro" Platter

Whole grains, vegetables, and beans are the mainstays of macro eating. This platter is perfectly portioned to include the right amount of grain, veggies, starch and protein to keep energy up throughout the day.

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Homemade No-Cook Cookie Balls

These no-bake, bite-sized treats meet three essential dessert requirements: they're flavorful, easy to make and good for you. The almond butter provides plenty of protein, while the rolled oats and ground flaxseed lend a hearty dose of fiber. For a touch of natural sweetness, use honey instead of sugar.

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Raspberry Salmon

Steamed asparagus makes a perfect bed for tender salmon fillets, with no oil needed. For a flavor boost, top each piece of fish with a spoonful of homemade raspberry and balsamic dressing that will impart just enough sweetness without any added sugar. 

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Poached Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs

Poaching chicken means that you get all the juicy meat without any added fat. A colorful mixture of broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers and mushrooms will bring the dish together.

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Pear Almond Crisp Shot

A cashew or almond butter base provides a creamy bottom to these individual snacks. Pile on spiced pears and top with a nutty oat topping.

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Peas and Carrot Succotash Salad

Dress these veggies in heart-healthy avocado oil and justa squeeze of lemon juice. This simple dressing will turn frozen peas, corn and edamame into the perfect colorful side dish.

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Rice Pudding

Ellie cuts calories in this rice pudding by using vanilla soy milk and just a touch of sweetened condensed milk.

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