15 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes Your Kids Will Love

One of the hardest things about being a parent is trying to figure out great meal ideas your kids will love. Let’s face it, kids are picky eaters. And, having more than one picky eater can make meal planning an impossible task. Luckily, we’re here to help! We’ve scoured the web for the best dinner recipes that we’re sure your kids will love (or hopefully they’ll at least love some of them!) From unique dishes like tater tot nachos to classic kid-friendly meals like mac and cheese, we have great meal ideas that will hopefully help make weeknight meal planning easier for you!

If you’re looking for fun and easy dinner recipes your kids will love, consider these 15 awesome meal ideas below:

1. Pepperoni Hotdish

Invented by a kid, this recipe is 100 percent kid-approved. Pepperoni and pasta combine to make a mouth-watering meal that will satisfy meal-eaters of every age!

2. Tater Tot Nachos

Talk about a crowd-pleaser! Even if your kids don’t love Mexican food, they’ll go nuts over a plate of tater tot nachos. So will the adults, for that matter!

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3. Pizza Quesadillas

Most kids love pizza, and this is a fun new twist on the old standard that they can help make! Pizza quesadillas are simple to prepare and I guarantee that your kids will love them. Let them pick their own fillings and help instill a love of cooking. Let the fun begin!

4. Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

My kids love ordering breaded chicken tenders when we go out to eat, so I decided to make my own version so they could enjoy them at home as well. The tenders are soaked in buttermilk, which makes them juicy and moist. Needless to say, my kids love them!

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5. BBQ Chicken Pizza

The next time you make grilled chicken, grill some extra to use for this delicious BBQ chicken pizza the next night! With only 6 ingredients, this pizza is simple and comes together in no time, and you won’t believe how delicious it is. The sharp bite of the onions, the tangy sauce, the melted cheese and the bright cilantro make for such a flavorful, yummy combination!

6. Bacon Pierogi Bake

In this comforting casserole, pierogies are smothered in a creamy sauce and then topped with gooey cheese, crisp bacon and fresh tomatoes. This is a family favorite for sure!

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7. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

My mom always made this Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe when I was growing up – we never had the boxed kind. Toss up a salad or steam some broccoli and you have a full meal that is delicious and very comforting.

8. Tater Tots Casserole with Cheddar Cheese

This is a fun dish that is easy to assemble and makes for a hearty meal for a family. It is a very interesting way of serving tater tots (or fried potato rounds), which everyone loves. Feel free to remove the cheese from this dish — it works with or without it. Enjoy!

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9. Tex-Mex white Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti

Unlike most chicken spaghetti recipes, this version doesn’t contain any condensed soups, and it doesn’t require baking in the oven. This spicy, creamy, cheesy spaghetti dinner is a delicious and different weeknight meal.

10. Italian BLTs

The good old BLT gets an Italian make-over in this delicious spin on a classic favorite. Iceberg is replaced with romaine, Roma tomatoes are used, pesto is added to the mayonnaise, and each sandwich gets a generous helping of mozzarella cheese. You’ll never look at a BLT the same way again!

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11. Crispy Oven-Baked Chimichangas

The crispy, crunchy shell and delicious filling of these healthy chimichangas are the perfect weeknight meal for families. You get the same great taste as traditional chimichangas but less fat and calories. Serve your kids a meal that’s equally as healthy as it is delicious!

12. Rotini with Sauteed Chicken Sausage and Vegetables

This pasta dish makes a wonderful family meal. It’s chock full of beautiful fresh vegetables, whole grain pasta, and Italian chicken sausage, which has 70% less fat than regular pork sausage. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

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13. Sassy Stuffed Peppers

I think everyone’s mom or family member had a recipe for stuffed peppers they remember from their youth. Maybe not everyone feels this way, but I always loved stuffed peppers. This recipe is different than my Mother’s, but still very very yummy.

14. Baked Parmesan Fish Sticks

Charm even your pickiest eater with this family friendly fish dish! Healthy, tasty and quick as a wink to put together, this crispy, flavorful meal is perfect for a busy weeknight.

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15. Chicken Tacos

Tasty chicken tacos – an easy weeknight meal for busy parents. My kids love these and ask for them all the time. You can switch the recipe to beef or even fish if you start to get bored of the chicken.

 

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