Cooking for Teens: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Busy Families

1. Mac and Cheese: This classic comfort food is a favorite among teens. Boil macaroni noodles according to package instructions. In a separate pot, melt butter and whisk in flour to make a roux. Slowly add milk and stir until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted. Combine the noodles and cheese sauce and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

2. Pizza: Make your own pizza with store-bought dough and your favorite toppings. Roll out the dough and top with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

3. Quesadillas: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a tortilla. Top with cheese, vegetables, and/or meat. Place another tortilla on top and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.

4. Tacos: Brown ground beef in a skillet and season with taco seasoning. Warm up taco shells and fill with the beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and your favorite toppings.

5. Grilled Cheese: Heat a skillet over medium heat and butter one side of two slices of bread. Place the bread in the skillet, butter side down. Top with cheese and the other slice of bread, butter side up. Cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

6. French Toast: Beat together eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Dip slices of bread in the egg mixture and cook in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Serve with syrup and butter.

7. Pancakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Heat a skillet over medium heat and drop spoonfuls of batter onto the skillet. Cook until golden brown and flip. Serve with syrup and butter.

8. Omelet: Beat together eggs, milk, and salt in a bowl. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add butter. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook until the edges are set. Add your favorite fillings and fold the omelet in half. Cook until golden brown and serve.

9. Burritos: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add ground beef. Cook until browned and season with taco seasoning. Warm up tortillas and fill with the beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Roll up the burritos and serve with salsa and sour cream.

10. Chicken Fingers: Cut chicken breasts into strips and season with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken strips in beaten eggs and then coat with breadcrumbs. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Fry the chicken strips until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

11. Hamburgers: Form ground beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook the patties until golden brown and cooked through. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

12. Fish Sticks: Cut fish fillets into strips and season with salt and pepper. Dip the fish strips in beaten eggs and then coat with breadcrumbs. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Fry the fish strips until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with tartar sauce.

13. Spaghetti: Boil spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. In a separate pot, heat oil and add garlic. Cook until fragrant and then add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes and then add the cooked noodles. Serve with grated cheese.

14. Stir Fry: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add your favorite vegetables and stir fry until tender. Add cooked meat and season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve over rice.

15. Smoothies: Blend together your favorite fruits and vegetables with milk or yogurt. Add honey or sugar to sweeten, if desired. Serve chilled.

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