11 Easy Dinner Recipes So Simple Even a Teenager Can Make Them

Nicole Austin

7. Zucchini and Hummus Pita Sandwiches Recipe

These zucchini and hummus pita sandwiches make a perfect lunch or an easy weeknight dinner. They’re loaded with healthy vegetables and ready in just 30 minutes - and they're made entirely in the toaster oven! Teenagers can chop a few simple vegetables to then season and roast in the toaster oven, or you can help them out by prepping the veggies in advance. Then it's just a simple process of topping soft pita bread with hummus, loading up the veggies and adding a sprinkle of feta cheese.

8. Black Bean Couscous Salad Recipe

As the mother of a vegetarian, I know how important it is to have a filling, protein-packed alternative to meat to offer at dinner. Have your teenager make this simple black bean couscous salad which can be both a side for other dishes or serve as a simple, delicious and nutritious stand alone dinner. Then can toss in whatever they like to suit their personal preferences and the couscous itself cooks in 5 minutes or less by simply pouring boiling water over top.

9. Hailey Bieber's Pizza Toast Recipe

While the world of viral videos may see trends come and go, pizza is ALWAYS in, and this pizza toast (originally made famous by Hailey Bieber on TikTok) is no exception. I know my kids love pizza, but frozen pizza can be a pain to store and frankly gets boring fast. This pizza toast has a great homemade flavor and the toast gives it a spin that thin pre-made crusts simply can’t live up to. This is great for impressing friends during a sleepover!

10. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

My oh my, do my boys love Buffalo chicken ANYTHING. Wings, pizza, quesadillas - you name it! These wings are easy to start up, take only 2 ½ hours in the slow cooker, and can be finished off by an adult in 5 minutes on broil in the oven after that. This is a very easy way to make wings at home while allowing your teens to be part of the process. Have them start the slow cooker when they get home and it will be ready to wrap up as you walk in the door.

11. Banana Pudding Dessert Recipe

Okay, okay. I know I said “dinner,” but can you really go wrong with a no-bake dessert? I had to add this one to the list because it’s delicious, inexpensive, and easy! Your children can bring a creamy banana pudding to the table to round out the meal they made themselves, and proudly finish every last bite. It’s also a great way to use up any opened graham crackers before they go stale. Reward their hard work and effort in the kitchen with a little treat!

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