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If there’s one thing harder than deciding what to make yourself for dinner, it’s coming up with easy dinner ideas for your kids. You want to get something on the table that’s fairly quick to make and doesn’t require a lot of effort. And you also want a meal that the kids (and ideally the whole table!) will devour, while contending with food preferences that can ping-pong from week to week. And it can feel even trickier when you have a picky eater on your hands.
Our go-to solution is keeping a short roster of kid-friendly dinner ideas on hand. Whether you have an eater who adores chicken, or one who will always say yes to pasta, we have you covered with these (more than 55!) dinner recipes.
20-Minute Kid-Friendly Meals
When you’ve got a table full of hungry mouths to feed, sometimes you want the fastest, easiest solution for getting dinner on the table. And these meals deliver, as they get a warm and satisfying family-friendly dinner on the table with just 20 minutes on the clock.
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Inspired by the takeout classic, this easy chicken teriyaki is made with boneless chicken breast and a simple pantry sauce that comes together in 20 minutes.Go to Recipe
Kid-Friendly Pasta Dinners
Whether your little ones go for buttered noodles or something made with tortellini, this lineup has it all. These dinners also try to work in a veggie or two.
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Getting kids excited to eat more vegetables is really all about how you market dinner. For example, call this 30-minute, one-pot, veggie-packed pasta Confetti Spaghetti and it will be gobbled up twice as fast.Go to Recipe
Kid-Friendly Dinners with Chicken
Between crispy chicken thighs, sheet pan honey-Dijon chicken, and the crispiest baked tenders, these weeknight dinners are easy to pull off and budget-friendly, too.
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Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
This family-friendly dinner promises juicy pieces of chicken, fluffy rice, perfectly tender veggies, and a level of creaminess that just can't be beat. Plus, it cooks in less than 30 minutes.Go to Recipe
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3-Ingredient Baked Caesar Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are smothered in your favorite creamy Caesar dressing and baked until golden, then showered with snowy Parmesan before heading under the broiler to get nice and bubbly. Go to Recipe
Kid-Friendly Dinners with Ground Beef
Any time dinner starts with a pack of ground beef, you have a big selection of family-friendly options to choose from. From pizza burgers to sloppy Joes, these recipes are sure to be big hits.
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Easy One-Pot Beef Goulash
From the sauce-slicked macaroni to the crumbles of ground beef and generous pockets of melted cheddar, one-pot beef goulash is as comforting as it is easy to get on the table. Go to Recipe
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Instant Pot Spaghetti
Instant Pot spaghetti is way easier, faster, and, arguably, tastier than the version you make on the stovetop, and it's almost entirely hands-off.Go to Recipe
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One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
With smoky seasoned ground beef, spicy salsa, and gooey cheese, this one-pot pasta dinner is everything you love about the classic ground beef taco without the tortilla.Go to Recipe
Meat-Free Dinner Ideas
If you’re looking for meat-free dinner ideas, this lineup includes meals that are filling, delicious, and easy to bring to the table.
The beauty of casseroles is that the options in this lineup don’t require much upfront prep, they’re comforting and delicious, and might leave you with leftovers for lunch.
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Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole
This chicken noodle soup casserole has all the familiar flavors of the classic soup. Instead of a brothy base, egg noodles studded with sliced onions, carrots, and celery make up the bulk of it, as well as some shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.Go to Recipe
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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Slow cooker baked ziti is just like the traditional casserole with tender noodles swimming in marinara & mixed with a double dose of gooey, melted cheese.Go to Recipe