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41 fast and fun finger foods

Eating with a fork is overrated. These easy finger foods are all fun, no fuss.

By Today's Parent
41 fast and fun finger foods

“Fried” Chicken Fingers

This classic pub staple is breaded in crushed cornflakes and tastes real nice dipped in golden honey. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

plate of chicken fingers and dip Photo: Roberto Caruso

Pork Lettuce Wraps

Swap out a heavy flour tortilla in favour of a crisp leaf of lettuce. A side of Asian chili sauce is fun for dipping. Get the recipe: Pork Lettuce Wraps

Iceberg lettuce stuffed with ground pork and veggies

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Grilled Veggie Pizza

This pizza recipe is so quick and easy that you’ll want to make it as often as your family wants to eat it! The naan bread base is sturdy enough for the grill. Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Pizza

wooden platter with pizza topped with asparagus, red onion and peppers Photo: Roberto Caruso

Green Bean Oven Fries with Sweet Potato Dip

Make eating their greens a bit easier to swallow with this fun recipe. Green beans are breaded then swirled in a really yummy sweet potato and Greek yogurt dip. Get the recipe: Green Bean Oven Fries with Sweet Potato Dip

plate of breaded green beans and creamy sweet potato dip Photo: Roberto Caruso

Classic Fish and Chips

You can’t go wrong with a classic. These fish sticks are baked but pack all the tasty flavours of your favourite fish and chip stand. Get the recipe: Classic Fish and Chips

plate of breaded fish sticks and wedge fries

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Chocolate Pretzel Granola Bars

Show them a good time with this sweet and salty combo. Get the recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Granola Bars

tray of homemade granola bars with chocolate chips Photo: Roberto Caruso

Zucchini Chips

Eating your veggies is fun when they come in chip form. We’ve got a whole slew of veggies that can be crisped up for an irresistible snack. Get the recipe: Veggie chips

41 fast and fun finger foods

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Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

It’s fun to eat juicy beef off skewers after dipping them into a not-too-spicy dipping sauce. Get the recipe: Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

bento box with beef skewers and dipping sauce Photo: Erik Putz

French Toast Finger Sandwiches

These sandwiches were made to be enjoyed by sticky little fingers. Jam adds instant flavour and easily holds the layers of soft bread together. Get the recipe: French Toast Finger Sandwiches

41 fast and fun finger foods Photo: Maya Visnyei

Oatmeal Meat Loaf Muffins with Horseradish Frosting

Enjoy the delicious taste of meat loaf in the form of an easy-to-eat muffin. They only take a few bites to eat but they can satisfy a snack attack or you can serve a few as a meal. Get the recipe: Oatmeal Meat Loaf Muffins with Horseradish Frosting

41 fast and fun finger foods Photo: Maya Visnyei

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Tuna Melt Pita Pizzas

Combine two good things—pizza and tuna melts—and you get an extra-yummy lunch kids will love. A pita base means more time for packing snacks! Get the recipe: Tuna Melt Pita Pizzas

pita pizza with tuna Photo: Jodi Pudge

Mushroom Quesadilla

Just let that cheesy goodness melt in your mouth and hands. It’s all part of the fun when it comes to eating quesdillas. Get the recipe: Mushroom Quesadilla

Cheesy quesadillas on white board Photo: Roberto Caruso

Bacon, Cheese & Veggie Fritters

These little fritters are perfect for small hands. They can be made as small as you like and they pack a lot of nutrition into an easy-to-eat parcel. Get the recipe: Bacon, Cheese & Veggie Fritters

plate of bacon and cheese fritters Photo: Roberto Caruso

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Devilled Eggs

This tasty twist on classic devilled eggs uses cool and creamy Greek yogurt plus Asian chili sauce to create a fun bite-sized appetizer or snack. Get the recipe: Devilled Eggs

tray of devilled eggs on a picnic blanket Photo: John Cullen

Grilled Cheese Soldiers

These dippable grilled cheese soldiers make it OK for kids to play with their food. Get the recipe: Grilled Cheese Soldiers

plate with grilled cheese sliced into thin strips

Spinach Pie Bites

These Greek-style pockets make for a tasty appetizer or snack. Just watch them dispear. Get the recipe: Spinach Pie Bites

Greek spinach appetizers Photo: Jodi Pudge

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Mini Grilled Fish Tacos

Use cookie cutters to trim large tortillas down to size to make theses fish tacos easier for small hands (and mouths) to eat. Get the recipe: Mini Grilled Fish Tacos

tacos filled with grilled fish and veggies Photo: Roberto Caruso

Baked Falafel Nuggets

The Middle Eastern favourite of falafel gets a fun kid-friendly upgrade with these fun nuggets. Skip the forks and let the kids dip and dunk into their favourite dipping sauces. Get the recipe: Baked Falafel Nuggets

falafel with tahini dressing and a tomato and cucumber salad Photo: Roberto Caruso

Baby Potato Bites

Everyone loves potatoes and when you combine them with sour cream and smoked salmon you get a delicious bite-sized treat. You can eat these delights with one hand, but you’ll probably want one in each hand. Don’t worry! We won’t keep track of how many you eat. Get the recipe: Baby Potato Bites 

plate of smoked salmon appetizers Photo: Roberto Caruso

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Sticky-Sweet Ribs

Ribs are the name and gettin’ messy is the game. Bring extra napkins, you’ll need them for these finger-licking good morsels. Get the recipe: Sticky-Sweet Ribs

Tray of pork ribs covered in a sticky BBQ sauce Photo: Maya Visnyei

Breakfast Cups

These bite-sized breakfast cups are perfect for busy mornings or if you want to try breakfast for dinner. Don’t let the size fool you. A few bites and you’ll be go to go! Get the recipe: Breakfast Cups

41 fast and fun finger foods Photo: Emily Cumming

Turkish Lamb Chops

The bones on these lamb chops are a fantastic handle for you to grab onto when you don’t have the luxury of being able to cut your food with a knife and fork. Get the recipes: Turkish Lamb Chops

grilled lamb chops with chopped mint Photo: Jodi Pudge

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Breakfast Confetti Sliders

Have them for breakfast or for dinner, these versatile sliders are delicious any time of day. Get the recipe: Breakfast Confetti Sliders

41 fast and fun finger foods Photo: Erik Putz

“Fried” Chicken

The deep fried favourite gets a healthy upgrade in this tasty faux “fried” chicken. Grab a chicken leg and enjoy! Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken

crispy breaded drumsticks with coleslaw Photo: Erik Putz

Chicken Enchiladas

These irresistible enchiladas come together in just 40 minutes. We bet it’ll take you less time to eat them. They’re a little messy, but that’s half the fun. Get the recipe here: Chicken Enchiladas

roasting pan with rolled up chicken enchiladas

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Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

These mini meatballs are perfect finger food for little kids. The rest of the family will love them, too! Get the recipe: Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

thermos filled with meatballs and veggies

Stuffed Cucumber Bites

These easy stuffed cucumber bites are perfect for little fingers and just as lovely as an appetizer for grown-ups. Get the recipe: Stuffed Cucumber Bites

plate of cucumber slices hallowed out and stuffed with cream cheese Photo: John Cullen

Quinoa Banana Bread

This yummy banana bread is a healthy twist on a classic thanks to protein-packed quinoa. So go ahead and gobble up as many slices as you want. Get the recipe: Quinoa Banana Bread

Plate of banana bread made with quinoa Photo: Emily Cumming

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Cheddar and Bacon Scones

These cheddar and bacon scones are a savoury twist on a breakfast favourite. They make a perfect cutlery-free snack. Get the recipe: Cheddar and Bacon Scones

plate of freshly baked scones Photo: Maya Visnyei

Ham-and-Cheese Pinwheels

Pop a pinwheel in your mouth. They’re easy to make, easy to eat and great for the bento box. Get the recipe: Ham-and-Cheese Pinwheels

baked dough rolled up with ham and cheese inside Photo: Roberto Caruso

Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

Cheese-lovers, this one’s for you! Pairing your kid’s favourite cheese with fruit is a great way to slip some extra nutrition into the day. Get the recipe: Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

plate with small cheese balls, crackers and apple slices Photo: Ryan Schulz

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Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers

These gluten-free, honey-glazed chicken skewers are perfect for grilling outside during the summer, or on a grill inside during cooler months. Get the recipe: Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers

plate of chicken and veggies skewers with cucumber and watermelon salad Photo: Andrew Grinton

European Wrap

For a quick and simple lunch recipe, make this tasty wrap. It’s got salty prosciutto, goat cheese, fig jam and firm pear slices. Get the recipe: European Wrap

41 fast and fun finger foods Photo: Maya Visnyei

Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

Sweet meets salty in this delicious and easy-to-prep snack. Get the recipe: Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

plastic lunch container with cinnamon popcorn Photo: Roberto Caruso

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Supper Nachos

Take the snack we all know and love from just an appetizer to a full-on meal thanks to navy beans and ground turkey. Get the recipe: Supper Nachos

plate full of cheesy nachos Photo: Erik Putz

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Simple to make and extremely tasty, your family will be begging for seconds of this barbecue favourite. Get the recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwich 

bun with pulled pork and a side of slaw

Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

These wings are perfect for tiny hands! Coated with three lip-smacking sauces, they deliver a flavourful punch. Get the recipe: Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

man eating chicken wings with various sauces Photo: Roberto Caruso

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Pressed Italian Sandwich

Making one sandwich that serves six is the perfect answer to busy weeknights. Get the recipe: Pressed Italian Sandwich

basket with roast beef sandwich, chips and pickles Photo: Maya Visnyei

Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

Salad rolls are an easy dinner and fun activity all in one. Teach the kids to roll their own! This recipe adds rotisserie chicken for a protein boost. Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

tray of homemade Vietnamese rolls with fish sauce

Tuna Melt Calzones

Cheesy tuna deliciousness, all in one handy little (edible!) package. Store-bought pizza dough makes calzone-making a breeze. Get the recipe: Tuna Melt Calzones

calzones and carrot slaw Photo: Andrew Grinton

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This article was originally published on Sep 17, 2018

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