6 Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes from Chopped Junior Winner Tara O'Donnell

Don't let that sweet smile and cute ponytail fool ya.

She may be a kid, but Tara O'Donnell's mad culinary skills and keen kitchen instincts could impress even the toughest judges. In fact, they did just that when she won Food Network's Chopped Junior last year. No big deal–she just whipped up a little boar strip steak and avocado ice cream is all. Not that we're not jealous or anything.

But seriously, since the show, Tara has kept very, very busy. Through her business, Tara's Tasty Table, she blogs, caters charity dinners and even cooked for the mayor of her hometown of Frisco, Texas. All that plus she's headed back to school as a ninth grader this year, too. Whew!

So, what's her secret? "Be bold and step out of your comfort zone," Tara likes to say. And that's just one of her awesome tips. Read on for more, including the Chopped Junior winner's favorite easy and kid-friendly recipes:

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Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.
Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.

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