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Easy lunch and dinner ideas a 10 year old can make other than breakfast

Easy lunch and dinner ideas a 10 year old can make other than breakfast



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45 thoughts on “Easy lunch and dinner ideas a 10 year old can make other than breakfast”

  1. Jennifer Lavier

    My daughter makes everything in the air fryer lol spicy chicken and roasted potatoes are her current go to easy lunch.

  2. Bridgett Theisen Hiles

    My 14 year old cooks eggs on stove.. and everything she wants in microwave.. after seeing these comments she better step it up

  3. Nancy Eisenecker-Bragg

    Mac and cheese
    Chicken nuggets with FF
    Fish sticks/filets
    Boiled hot dogs 🌭
    Tuna or egg salad sandwiches 🥪
    Tater tot casserole

  4. Tai Meier Kasban

    My 5 and 7 year old love to make dinner. Some favorite are taco pinwheels, pig in a blanket, homemade ham and cheese hot pockets. They also like to make homemade pizza and pastas.

  5. Betsy Howell Traughber

    Mini pizzas, take a hamburger bun, spread with pizza quick sauce, top with favorite toppings. E last layer is cheese. Bake in toaster oven. Or air fryer

  6. Michelle Moser Whitfield

    Something quick,, filling,, on the cheap side,, and great for no leftovers,, won’t heat up the kitchen.. Bake a potato for each person in the microwave, takes about 4-5 minutes, or until a fork inserts easily. Get an individual container of Campbell’s Chunky Chili With Beans for each person or split one between two people and microwave per container instructions, about a minute and a half to 2 minutes. Put potato on large plate or in a bowl and cut in half breaking up the insides a bit. Pour the chili over the potato and top with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you like that. Could also use a microwavable bag of frozen broccoli to put on the potato with the cheese.

  7. Karen Deschamps

    Don’t limit them… my 11 year old made spaghetti carbonara last week! The sky’s the limit

  8. Laurie Dierickx

    My granddaughter does a wonderful job!! She loves to cook!! From breakfast snacks to supper!!

  9. Chicken salad tostadas. Shred a rotisserie chicken and place in a large mixing bowl, add 2 drained cans of mixed veggies, one bag of shredded lettuce, and mix with mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve it on tostadas. I like to top mine with sliced jalapeños.

  10. Brandi Anstead

    If you trust them with the oven the possibilities are endless. So many options for crescent roll meals like pizzas pigs in a blanket etc.

  11. Angela Schafer

    My kids make hamburger macaroni and cheese…
    They brown the ground beef, add garlic salt and pepper, then do 3 boxes of Kraft Mac and cheese and add the ground beef to the Mac and cheese

  12. I first learned how to make grilled cheese,spaghetti,cook veggies in a pan before I got comfortable with the oven,sub sandwiches with Italian dressing, any pasta, tacos

  13. My 10 year can make eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, hotdogs, etc himself. He can make chicken nuggets can pop them in the microwave. My kids help me with dinner all the time. They can make spaghetti and tuna casserole. Tuna fish sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. Pizza muffins are easy to make too. You want easy things that aren’t to complicated and that dont take long. My kids can defend for their self when they are hungry. The only thing I make them most of the time is dinners and sometimes I have pick ups dinners once in a blue moon where everyone can eat what they want.

  14. I have a sandwich press,it doesn’t get too hot. My kids love creating meals in it. They put a tortilla in it with lunch meat and cheese and fold it in a triangle then press it. They say it’s like something from taco bell

  15. Carrie Johnson

    I was learning how to use stove at this point and learned to make boxed macaroni
    Boxed hamburger helper
    Those are easy enough

  16. Delcina Riehl Cordova

    If you have an air fryer she could make chicken nuggets and fries. My 14 year old does not like the oven. She’s afraid of getting burned.

  17. Susan Mulqueen Martin

    Please teach your children what to do if they burn a meal. Teach them how to respond to the smoke alarm, how to handle a smoking pot or pan. Always have a box of baking soda close by to extinguish any fires. 

  18. Garlic toast… Add sloppy joes joes add cheese. Make pizza on it add pizza sauce. Add meat and toppings. Of course cook all the meat and drain

  19. Mine can make eggs, mac and cheese, biscuits etc.. she also uses the air fryer a lot for pizza rolls, tater tots, chicken nuggets etc

  20. Charlene Fallentine

    Garlic toast pizzas. Get the knockoff Texas Toast garlic bread, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. Preheat oven to 425°. Lay the bread slices out on a sheet pan (still frozen actually works best for me), spread some pizza sauce on each slice, Sprinkle a healthy amount of cheese on each, and top each with 3 pepperoni slices. Bake in the oven for 7 minutes!

  21. Baked chicken, macoroni and cheese with hot dogs, any boxed meal if they know how to follow instructions, tacos, spaghetti, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

  22. Mine does baked items: chicken nuggets, biscuits stuffed with canned chicken/cheese/taco season, corn dogs. Things that have precooked meet. She just started doing this beginning of the summer

  23. Quesadillas, spaghetti, broccoli beef if you use the ready made sauce I like the one with a panda on the package, stir fry. Or Use a crockpot to make meals you just dump ingredients into

  24. For a super quick meal. I have microwaveable Mac and cheese. I also have frozen mixed/single veggies in ziplock bags in freezer.

    I add the water noodles and a few tablespoons of frozen veggies. Microwave for 3 1/2 minutes add sauce packet, salt, pepper.

    Sometimes I add some shredded cheese, butter etc… But this is filling and feeds me in under 5 minutes.

    I think the first question to answer is what is acceptable to use. Not sure if you are home or out. Can he/she use the microwave, stove, air fryer, crockpot etc…. Then once you are comfortable with that make sure they know what to do if issues. Like oil/grease don’t toss water on if it catches fire. Know where kitchen fire extinguisher is.

    Start with easy things. Eggs they can be made in microwave, stove etc… grilled cheese can be stove, air fryer. How to properly boil pasta. Rice a roni. Baked potatoes.

    If you have dishes you serve a lot have them watch you and take notes. Make it with you. The next time have him/her start making it on their own.

  25. Tortilla pizzas, homemade bagel pizza bites, french bread or garlic toast pizzas, hot dogs, grilled cheese, quesadillas, mac n cheese, lunchmeat wraps with tortillas shells, scrambled eggs with different add ins, Ramen noodles, frozen pancakes or waffles, yogurt with fresh fruit or granola, warm up canned spaghettios, ravioli, soups. If you have an air fryer they could do pizza roll, chicken nuggets or tenders, fries, tator tots etc. You could make ahead taco meat with ground beef or shredded chicken and could they could warm up and do tacos, walking tacos, nachos, taco salad

  26. Grilled cheese sandwiches are pretty easy to make. Heating up canned soup or other canned food is pretty easy. Tacos are easy to make, they just need to cook the ground beef and then add a little water and the taco seasoning. If they can cook ground beef for the tacos, they could also do ground beef for sloppy joes and just add a can of sloppy Joe sauce. 
    Minute rice, gravy from packets, instant mashed potatoes, hamburgers, hotdogs, if they also do canned chili, they could do chili dogs.
    At 10 my kids could bake in the oven and boil things on the stove, so they could fix many things. But some kids aren’t ready for boiling water and straining the boiling water out or use the hot oven. If your child can do those things then there is a lot they can cook. Like boxed macaroni and cheese, frozen pizza, frozen chicken nuggets, top Ramen, regular mashed potatoes, hard boiled eggs.
    However before my kids could use the oven, I had a sandwich maker. It can make way more than just hot sandwiches. We used it like a mini oven. They baked mini corn dogs, chicken nuggets, burritos, Pizza pockets, omelets, of course grilled cheese and other hot sandwiches. We even made mini cakes in it. You just spray the inside and pour in the cake batter and bake it. my kids loved tossing in a mini candy bar with the cake batter to make a very yummy cake.
    By the way for an easy cake. Just add a can of soda to a box cake. That’s it, it will bake just like a normal box cake. We mix and match flavors. Like vanilla cake with Orange soda.

  27. Grilled cheese, Mac and cheese, and ramen noodles. I have a friend that buys the the noodle cups, frozen burritos and Mac and cheese cups to be made in microwave. My granddaughter can fix chicken patties and chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

  28. Cassandra Matlock

    Grilled cheese, hot dogs, salad, sandwiches, Mac and cheese, eggs, spaghetti, pizza, quesadillas, ramen noodles, tacos…my 9 yr old cooked spaghetti and meat sauce on her own last night.

  29. Wendy Sundberg

    T aco tater tot bake. Brown 2 pounds of ground beef add two packs of taco seasoning according to package directions then add a jar of salsa con queso cheese dip and a can of corn Heat through. Put in bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan top with tater tot’s bake for 35 minutes on 400° the last five minutes add cheddar cheese until melted and enjoy very good with sour cream and salsa

  30. Heather Townsend

    My 11 year old refuses to learn how to make anything. He can make popcorn, pb&j, cereal, bagels, waffles, and toast.

    It’s super annoying. However I am work from home now so he is going to learn how to make all his favorites… grilled cheese, eggs, taquitos, chicken patty sandwiches, ramen, etc All my other children were very independent. It’s so hard to have one that’s not 😡

  31. Save some left over dinner he can heat it up in the microwave the next day,If he can toast bread do that he can add cheese to it and heat it in the microwave,pizza rolls,microwaved baked potatoes,in air fryer fries or tots,chicken balls or nuggets,heated up canned soup,chili in mocrowave

  32. Garlic french bread, pizza sauce, toppings of your choice(already cooked meat). Bake at 400° until cheese melts and lightly brown crust.

  33. Toasted cheese sandwiches and soup
    Mac and cheese with hot dog’s
    Chicken nuggets and French fries
    Pizza pockets
    Mini pizza’s using English muffins and ragu pizza sauce mini pepperoni rounds and mozzarella cheese

  34. Wendy Utz Wright

    Pizza on tortillas. Catalina is a squeeze bottle of pizza sauce. Sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni. You can also throw bits of leftover meat in the freezer. Taco pizza, BBQ Chicken pizza, bits of veggies for veggie pizza, steak, sausage and ground beef. We eat them for lunch. We are grown. 🤣 we throw them in the air fryer. We like it better than take out.

  35. Theresa Hankins

    Hand them a recipe book let them pick and follow the directions and make it all on their own.

  36. Anything microwave, for sure! Also, grilled cheese, grilled ham & cheese, grilled tomato & cheese, with chips or frozen, oven baked fries. Kraft Dinner, refrigerated cookie dough, any canned soup, salads (including tuna), hamburger helper, or anything in a box, as long as they can read & follow written instructions!! Hand them a cookbook & let them run with it!!!
    Please!!! As a teacher, I am BEGGING you guys to get your kids in the kitchen, cooking!!
    Being able to first: follow simple microwaveable foods directions, second: follow boxed foods stovetop directions, & third: follow a recipe in a cookbook, will exponentially improve their success at school!
    Following a recipe is 95% of math and 70% of writing successfully!!! Following directions, period, will improve performance in any subject! 10 is more than old enough to learn stovetop & oven safety!

  37. Angela Oberlin

    A 10 year old should be able to make almost anything. Just ensure that they have the proper safety training and get them a basic cookbook. Quesadillas, grilled cheese, salads, roasted vegetables are all great to start with.

  38. Rosalie D Spears

    My 3yo can use the microwave and helps with the crock pot and air fryer.
    I was cooking most of the time at 10.

    It really depends on skill level, what you’re comfortable with, etc.. I’d say at 10 you should be able to make most basic things 🤷🏻‍♀

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