How to Make a Complete Kid-Friendly Meal on the Grill

Not just for big-bash cookouts, the grill can be put to work to make go-to family dinners.
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Eating outside is one of the joys of summer. For the kids it’s about fresh air and fun. For me it’s about not having to clean the floor. And cooking all the food outside? Even. Better. Here’s our foolproof family meal, made completely on the grill.

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All-in-One Meals Pork and Pineapple Kabobs: Everything is always better on a stick, particularly when there is fresh pineapple involved. All the flavors of Hawaiian pizza on a stick makes for a very tasty dinner. Throw a pepper in between and you’ve got a built-in veggie too.

Shrimp Fajitas: Here’s an all-in-one dinner that cooks politely in foil while the kids race around the yard. Just bring a pile of tortillas to the table and you’ll have a steaming pocket of shrimp, bell peppers and scallions that each person can pick and choose their way through.

Mix and Match: Meat and Veggie Turkey Burgers with (More) Flavor: Boost the flavor in your burgers with two can’t-miss ingredients. And if you’re doing mini burgers for kids, try dinner rolls for buns. They work perfectly.

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

Grilled Vegetables: The best thing about Giada De Laurentiis’ platter of grilled zucchini, eggplant, summer squash and peppers is that you can mix and match any combination that your kids enjoy. Just slather the vegetables with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and grill until you see sears.

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges: Cut, slather and grill. What a great way to get a favorite veggie on the table!

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

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

Dessert Grilled Peach Crisp in a Foil Pack: Yes, peach crisp on the grill — with no pan to clean up. I can’t decide which of these is more exciting.

Honey-Glazed Grilled Pineapple: Just add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and ta-da! Summer is served.

Charity Curley Mathews is the mother of four small kids (ages 1 to 6) and the founder of Real Food for Babies, Toddlers & Kids. Follow Foodlets on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll never miss a new kid-friendly idea for healthy family food.

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