Foods to Serve Your Grandkids

What foods should you serve your grandkids?

Meal planning for grandchildren makes life fun and challenging at the same time. Make it easy for yourself. Serve your grandkids simple meals, like chicken soup, that are healthy, tasty, and fun to eat.

Pot of soup
Chicken Soup for Grandkids

Provide breakfast, lunch, dinner – and snacks. Ask the kids’ parents what they prefer that their children eat. Find out if there are any foods the parents absolutely do not want them to have, and stay away from those.

Don’t want to cook? Take them out to kid-friendly restaurants. My grands love it when I take them out. Breakfast is my favorite meal. Sometimes we go out for breakfast. But on nearly every visit, our grand littles ask me to make pancakes.

pancake stack
Pancake Stack and Egg Squares

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Chicken is a top priority on my grandchildren’s common weekly menu. During a four-day trip my daughter and son-in-law went on, my husband and I stayed at their house with our three young grands (seven, four, and three). They are accustomed to Chick-fil-A. Perfect choice if it has a playground on site (the one we chose did). The kids like the food and love to play. Good for the grandparents as well because the grandkids spend their energy on the playground and fall asleep easily at bedtime.

Chicken in a slow cooker

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks
Crockpot BBQ & Sweet Tea Chicken Drumsticks

Put several chicken legs in a slow cooker. Season them with barbecue sauce if your grandkids like barbecue chicken. Cooking in a slow cooker all day can help make your meal preparing smoother.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is a comfort food. I grew up on it, my daughter grew up on it, and now she makes her own version of chicken soup (a fabulous-tasting one I can proudly say).

Choose a recipe that the kids’ mom cooks

Meal prep
Chicken Noodle Soup Meal Prep

My husband and I chose to eat out at restaurants on the weekend. However, on Sunday afternoon, I made a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup similar to my daughter’s version that the kids love. This recipe made so much that there was plenty for leftovers, including some for the freezer. See the recipe below.

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Favorite snacks for a four-year-old

When in doubt about snacks, ask your grandchildren – they’ll quickly inform you.

The following snack choices were specifically chosen by my four-year-old granddaughter:

  • strawberries
  • oranges
  • apples
  • peanut butter crackers

Again, I was proud of my daughter when my little granddaughter gave me the list of snacks she likes best. They indicated that her mom provides healthy snacks at home for the children.

Need help preparing meals for your pre-school grandkids?

Look at this sample menu for a preschooler that I found to be helpful. Mayo Clinic recommends ten tips to prevent mealtime battles with young picky eaters. Most importantly, the parents can tell you what kind of snacks they don’t mind their children eating and will probably be happy to suggest a list of snacks.

How to make chicken soup from scratch

Need more help on making chicken soup from scratch? Check out these cookbooks from Amazon:

Things to keep on hand to make chicken soup:

Bone Broth:

Mrs. Miller’s Homemade Noodles:

Organic turmeric powder:

Six Seasonings (my most favorite seasoning blend):

Chicken soup mix:

Now that you are ready to make that chicken soup for the grandkids, here is my recipe:

Chicken Soup for Grandkids

a family-favorite chicken soup for the grandkids

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 270 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Chicken soup mix
  • 1 package Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 stalk Celery
  • 1 10.5 oz. can Cream of chicken soup
  • 1 16-oz bag Sliced carrots
  • 1 bag Mrs. Miller's Old Fashioned Medium Egg Noodles


  1. Season chicken with the seasonings.

  2. Fill a large pot 2/3 full of water.

  3. Add the seasoned chicken to the water.

  4. Turn the burner to high, and heat until boiling.

  5. When the water begins boiling, turn the burner down to medium.

  6. Cook for 15 minutes on high.

  7. While the chicken is boiling during the first 15 minutes, chop 6 celery stalks into small, fine chunks and set aside.

  8. Open a can of cream of chicken souip.

  9. Empty the can of souip into a 2-clup measuring glass.

  10. Fill the can halfway with water.

  11. Add the water to the soup and stir with a whisk.

  12. Now add the celery, chicken soup, and one bag of sliced carrots into the pot of boiled chicken.

  13. Stir well.

  14. Add one bag of Mrs. Miller's Old Fashioned Medium Egg Noodles.

  15. Turn the burner down to low and cook for 30 minutes.

  16. The soup is thick, and you may prefer adding more water to it.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough for five people to have two servings plus plenty leftovers.

The chicken noodle soup results were great. We all loved it. Since I have always liked chicken soup, I enjoy coming up with different recipes. For instance, check out this pressure cooker chicken soup that includes sweet peas – it tasted really good…

Pressure cooker pea soup
Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo Pea Soup


For desserts, again, check with your grandchildren’s parents first to see if they mind that you make dessert for their children. My grands do eat dessert, but sugar can cause much excitement. With that thought in mind, perhaps, plan a trip to a nearby park after the dessert.

I made the dessert pictured below, Everything Mini Bundts, once when our grandchildren came for a visit, and they loved it. It’s actually a low-sugar dessert and is quite tasty. Try it out first and see how you like it. Then make it for your grandkids.

Bundt cakes
Everything Mini Bundt Cakes

When I’m meal planning for my grandchildren, I look for the amount of sugar because I remember how excited the littles get after they’ve indulged in yummy sweets. Of course, what can I say. Grandma loves sweets, too – and they know it.

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