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Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

8 Fun Summer Recipes Kids Will Love

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They’ll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

Summer is so close, we can almost taste it! Literally – these delicious recipes are perfect for hot summer days and sharing with the whole family.

What do your kids enjoy eating during the summer? Even though we continue to pack lunches for summer camps, we love to make fun snacks that are refreshing, fruity, and healthy. Strawberries are so fresh during the summer, so we love using those in our healthy snacks. And of course, ice cream and popsicles are some of our favorite treats!

I can’t wait until summer finally gets here so I can whip up some of these fun summer recipes for my kids. My freezer is going to be packed!

1. Healthy Banana Split Bites

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

2. Mango Freeze Popsicles

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

3. Roasted Strawberry S’mores

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

4. Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

5. Watermelon Pizza

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

6. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

7. Real Homemade Icee

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

8. Fresh Fruit and Lemonade Popsicles

Celebrate the end of the school year with these 8 fun summer recipes that both kids and adults will love! They'll cool you off during hot days and are perfect to share with the whole family.

What kind of recipes do your kids love during the summer?

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

Grilled Cheese Dippers

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.

What is your kid’s favorite sandwich? We have a few different flavor combinations in our lunch rotation, including almond butter and banana and hummus veggie club. But by far the most requested sandwich in our house is…grilled cheese! Are you even surprised??

You need just 3 simple ingredients for this recipe! We’re putting a simple twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich by cutting it into fun dippers. Perfect for dipping into a thermos full of tomato soup!

I love this recipe because you can use whatever bread your family prefers, from whole grain to grain free. The recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but feel free to use your favorite.

If you need more easy lunch ideas like these grilled cheese dippers, be sure to get a free weekly meal plan! We’ve got you covered for lunch and dinner, with both classic and grain-free options.

We hope your kids love these delicious grilled cheese dippers!

Grilled Cheese Dippers
 
This recipe is from Laura's cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet.
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 pieces whole grain bread
  • 2 slices (40 g) cheddar cheese
  • Butter, for grilling
Instructions
  1. Butter one side of both bread slices; flip over onto a flat surface. Place cheese on one slice of bread and cover with second slice.
  2. Place cheese sandwich, buttered side down, on a skillet over medium heat. Grill for 2-3 minutes, until cheese has begun to melt and bread is golden brown. Press down with a spatula, flip and grill the second side. Remove from pan onto a cutting board.
  3. Allow grilled sandwich to cool down for five minutes, cut sandwich into narrow strips, and pack in lunch container.
  4. Serve with tomato soup.
Notes
MOM Tip: Let the grilled sandwich cool down before slicing and packing it in the lunchbox. If you cut it too soon and pack it while it’s still hot, the bread will be soggy by lunchtime.
 

2 Dipping your spoon into this bell pepper–sweet potato combo is like dipping into a bowl of sunshine. This soup also freezes well, so store the leftovers for easy dinners!

Golden Bell Pepper Soup

Thank you to Amie from The Healthy Apple for letting us share this delicious Golden Bell Pepper Soup from her new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body!

Dipping your spoon into this bell pepper–sweet potato combo is like dipping into a bowl of sunshine. This soup also freezes well, so store the leftovers for easy dinners!

I am so honored to share this delicious recipe today by my friend Amie from The Healthy Apple in celebration of her new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body.

I’ve been a huge fan of Amie’s blog for awhile now because her story is so inspiring. I’ve struggled with personal food intolerances and my kids’ food allergies, but it doesn’t compare to the chronic disease Amie battled for a decade before transforming her diet and healing her body from the inside out.

This beautiful cookbook is full of 200 plant-based recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, corn and processed ingredients. Amazing! For anyone dealing with food allergies or chronic disease, I highly recommend checking out Amie’s cookbook and blog. It’s amazing what the right diet can do for your body!

We are huge soup fans in our house, so I was beyond excited to share this Golden Bell Pepper Soup from Eating Clean. My favorite part about making soup is that I can cook a double batch and freeze the leftovers. That makes for easy dinners on hectic days!

This soup is so cozy and comforting, and the bell pepper/sweet potato combo makes a lovely, creamy base. I topped mine with Amie’s crouton recipe – trust me, you need it!

Be sure to check out Amie’s cookbook Eating Clean for tons of allergy-friendly recipes!

Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body - This book outlines the journey of how one woman healed from chronic illness. Filled with over 200 detox-approved plant-based recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, corn and processed ingredients!

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Golden Bell Pepper Soup
 
This delicious soup recipe is from Amie from The Healthy Apple's new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 yellow, red and/or orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1 recipe Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons, for garnish
  • Sliced avocado, for garnish; optional
  • Finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish; optional
  • Drizzle Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce, for garnish; optional
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and broth. Season with salt and black pepper, cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add the marjoram. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Let the soup cool slightly, and then, in batches, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. If needed, thin the soup with water. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if necessary. Return the soup to the pot to keep warm until serving. Serve garnished with the Herbed Croutons and, if desired, the avocado and cilantro on top and Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce on the side.
 

2 Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

If you’re a long-time reader, you know how much I love repurposing meals – it’s like a two-for-one! That’s why I love dinner recipes that can be easily packed in the lunch boxes for the kids (and for me at the office).

This Southwest Quinoa fits the bill. First, it takes less than 30 minutes to cook for dinner – yes, please! It’s a great vegetarian dinner option that’s full of protein and nutrition from quinoa and black beans. Once everyone’s done eating, I can pack the leftovers up in lunch boxes with some fresh fruits and veggies, and tortilla chips as a treat, and we’re good to go!

Sometimes I even double the recipe so I’m guaranteed leftovers. Because when I can make meal time a little easier, I go for it!

Southwest Quinoa
 
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Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (173 g) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (470 g) water
  • ¾ cup (195 g) jarred salsa
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) ground cumin
  • 1 cup (130 g) frozen corn
  • 1 15 ounce (425 g) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup (4 g) finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup (115 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • Toppings:
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup (115 g) shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil, then stir in the quinoa, lower the heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off heat.
  2. Cover and let sit for 6 minutes - you'll know the quinoa is ready when you see the little white "tail" of the germ around the outside edge of each seed.
  3. In a small bowl whisk yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic and lime juice, set aside.
  4. Once quinoa is done, add salsa, chili powder and cumin, fold to combine well. Mix in cilantro, green onions, black beans and corn. Fold a few times until thoroughly combined. Stir in the yogurt dressing.
  5. Serve with avocado and cheese and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.
Notes
For school lunch: Pack leftovers in a container. This salad is great eaten cold or at room temperature as well.
 

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

I understand how hard it is to pack lunch for picky eaters. There were times when I just packed a turkey sandwich every day because I was so frustrated! That’s one of the reasons I started MOMables – to help make meal time easier for you by creating recipes that kids will love! These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps are definitely one of those recipes.

The peanut butter and fruit combo is hard to beat, and it’s even better on a delicious tortilla. Of course, use gluten-free if you need to! You can also use a seed butter if your child is allergic to nuts. It’s totally customizable so everyone can enjoy these delicious wraps. Plus, they’re super easy to make with common ingredients you probably already have.

The best part? You get to sneak some veggies in! The carrots add a nice crunch and a little extra sweetness. The granola on top is the icing on the cake! My absolute favorite recipe is this grain-free vanilla granola, but you can use whatever you like. I hope your kids enjoy these delicious wraps!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
 
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This recipe is from Laura's cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet.
Author:
Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole wheat or spinach tortillas
  • ¾ cup (90 g) finely chopped apple
  • ⅓ cup (37 g) shredded carrot
  • ⅓ cup (50 g ) granola (we love this grain-free recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ground flax
Instructions
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on one side of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle apple, carrot, granola and flax evenly over each tortilla. Roll up tightly, cut in half, and serve.
Notes
Make these wraps gluten free by using gluten free tortillas.
 

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