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Big Food for Small Hands: 6 Kid-Friendly Summer Dishes

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So you've planned an epic summertime party.

Your table is set, your grilled fired up, and your strong pitcher of white sangria is prepped and ready to go. And then the inevitable questions comes to mind: What will the kids eat? Cooking kid-friendly party meals can seem tricky, but it doesn't have to be. Opt for unfussy favorites that your children will love and, more likely than not, any nearby grownups will reach for the same plates. We've chosen 6 simple dishes that are always loved by little ones. And remember to download our July/August issue for more event-worthy recipes.

Brown-Sugar Barbecue Chicken Drumettes: The sweet and sticky sauce in this recipe is so addictive, you won't mind the load of laundry you'll have to wash after serving.


Lighter Beef Tacos: Find us kids who don't like tacos and we'll say that they haven't tasted these yet! Throw down an old sheet on a rainy afternoon and lay out all the toppings for an easy-to-clean-up indoor picnic!

Chicken, Tomato, and Bread Cube Kebabs with Lemon-Oregano Marinade: Our July/August issue is loaded with kebab and marinade recipes so you can mix-and-match your favorite combinations. Bonus: let bigger kids get in on the action and skewer their own meal.

Cornmeal-Crusted Fish Sticks: Tastes like chicken. Seriously. In fact, you're probably better off not even mentioning that this golden-tinted, amazingly crunchy meal is made with fish. Watch in awe as your little ones chow down -- your secret is safe with us.

Grilled Tomato-Basil Pizza: One EDF editor recently made this basic pizza dinner for a very picky 3-year-old and was shocked to find his plate licked clean in under 5 minutes. Grill one side of your dough before removing it from the heat, covering with toppings, and cooking again (remember to save a slice for yourself!).

Firecracker Ice Pops: These pops don't need any endorsement -- they're almost too beautiful to eat! And the fact that they're a semi-healthy treat (they're made from yogurt, raspberries, and blueberries) is a huge added bonus.

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