10 Kid-Friendly Memorial Day Recipes

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

If you’ve ever been to a potluck with a kid, you know how challenging it can be to find a plate full of food he or she is familiar enough with to enjoy. So if you have upcoming cookouts or campouts, or you just want a festive meal to celebrate the start of summer, try one of these dishes. Your kids (and everyone else’s) will thank you.

Chicken and Pineapple Skewers (pictured above)

Chicken coated in favorites like soy sauce, ketchup, honey and even a little brown sugar doesn’t get much more kid friendly — until you add fresh pineapple chunks and put it all on a stick.

A grilled hot dog with pickle relish on a bun placed on a white plate with red grid-like edging

A grilled hot dog with pickle relish on a bun placed on a white plate with red grid-like edging

Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish

Sure, you can go with a package of regular dogs, but finding link hot dogs might be a fun twist for the little guys. And what kid can resist a crunchy dill pickle on a hot day? Let kids help you make this tangy relish and watch those proud faces when it’s time to serve.

Patriotic Berry Trifle

Nothing says Memorial Day like red, white and blue — especially when it involves layers of strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries. This dish is full of fresh fruit and so simple to assemble. Kids can practically make it themselves.

Food Network Kitchens panko chicken nuggets in a lunchbox.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Food Network Kitchens panko chicken nuggets in a lunchbox.

Panko Chicken Nuggets

With its five-star reviews, you can’t go wrong with Food Network Kitchen’s version of homemade chicken nuggets.

Better-for-You Peach Crisp

Full of whole oats, fresh fruit (like peaches, plums, apples or any fruit of your choice), along with coconut oil and crunchy almonds, this crisp is tasty and so good for you that it even works for breakfast — but we doubt you’ll have any left.

FN_Beef-and-Black-Bean-Sliders

FN_Beef-and-Black-Bean-Sliders

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Beef and Black Bean Sliders

Mini hamburgers are the best way to go for tiny appetites, and Melissa d’Arabian’s version does one even better: Mix cooked black beans with beef for a lighter dish with all the protein.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Individual Fruit Pizzas

When it comes to special occasion food that takes a little time to prepare, try The Pioneer Woman’s personal fruit pies.

Sweet and Saltines

Trisha Yearwood’s super-simple dessert combines sweet chocolate with salty crackers. Bonus: They’re made with only four ingredients you’re likely to have on hand right now.

Mom’s Best Friend Brownies

These brownies contain less sugar and fat than most, so you can feel good serving them to a crowd.

Buttery Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Nothing’s easier to feed a crowd than bar cookies, and this healthy option’s loaded with whole oats, sweet strawberry spread and even a few chia seeds for good measure.

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