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 20 awesome meal ideas below:
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!
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!
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!
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!
The next time you make grilled chicken, grill some extra to use for this delicious BBQ chicken pizza the next night! This pizza is simple and comes together in no time, and you won’t believe how delicious it is. The tangy sauce, the melted cheese and the juicy chicken make for such a flavorful, yummy combination!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Get the coolest parent of the year award with these savoury meatloaf cupcakes. Topped with creamy mashed potatoes, this meal is perfect for a family on the move.
Chicken Pot Pie is a classic family meal that can now be made in less than an hour. The best part is, it doesn’t come from a box!
Skip the canned food section and opt for a homemade version of your child’s favorite instant food.
If you’re looking for something quick to make as you run out the door to drop your little one off at soccer, this burrito will do the trick! Ready in just minutes, your child will be shocked at how good it is!
This is one of my favorite meals to serve up and to eat myself! Packed with tons of nutrients and ready very quickly, this meal makes great leftovers and is best served with home made Guac!