Dinner Ideas for Kids

Make sure supper is always an event for the entire family with these dinner ideas for kids. From tasty pastas and burgers, nutitious and delicious salads, or simple pizzas and tacos that your child can help make, dinner-time will always be greeted with enthusiasm!

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29 Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes to Make for Dinner

Whether your kids are adventurous eaters or are going through a picky phase, we have plenty of vegetarian recipes (most of them quick and easy!) that will please everyone at your table.
By Kelly Vaughan

Quick Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes the Entire Family Will Love

We're sharing family-friendly dinner recipes guaranteed to appeal to even the most finicky eaters. Try our easy stovetop mac and cheese, sheet-pan fajitas, pork and pineapple kebabs, and more.
By Lynn Andriani

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 446
This easy raspberry cheesecake has an attractive swirled top. Fresh raspberries are puréed and sieved to remove any seeds, then mixed with sugar. The purée is dropped onto the cream cheese filling and swirled using a toothpick or wooden skewer. It's quick to make the graham cracker crust and filling, then the cheesecake needs about an hour to bake and at least six hours to chill. It's one of our favorite make-ahead desserts as it can be made up to three days ahead.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 406
This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli is used two ways in this kid-friendly dish: it's simmered until tender for the soup base and roasted for the garnish.

Emeril's Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie

Rating: 4 stars 370
For a sure-fire winner this time of year, nothing beats pecan pie. Let your little helpers add the pecans and chocolate chips, then measure and mix the easy filling ingredients.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Soup Made with a Whole Chicken

Ask your butcher to cut a chicken into pieces and give you the backbone—it makes for a richer broth.

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Yukon Golds are mashed with plenty of butter and your choice of milk or cream, then simply seasoned with salt and pepper for this traditional Thanksgiving side dish.

One-Pot Pasta With Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. Our favorite broccoli pasta recipe calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan). There's minimal cleanup with this one-pot meal, but lots of flavor for your family to enjoy. It's a dish you'll make on the regular.

Quick Turkey Tetrazzini

Rating: 3 stars 159
A breadcrumb topping goes perfectly with this creamy and quick turkey tetrazzini casserole, which combines turkey, noodles, peas, and mushrooms.

Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings

Rating: 3.5 stars 959
These easy baked chicken wings from Emeril Lagasse are seasoned with thyme, cayenne, onion, and garlic powder, and tossed with butter and lemon juice for an elevated version of the game-day classic. They take just 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake. The result is a big batch of irresistible wings sure to please your crowd. Pick your favorite dipping sauce or two and you’ve got a winning appetizer ready to go.

Inspiration and Ideas

22 Kid-Friendly Pasta Recipes to Tempt Even the Pickiest Eaters
From creamy, cheesy sauces to classics like spaghetti and meatballs, your whole family will devour these pasta dinners.
Creamy Baked Ziti
Cream cheese is the secret to the silky sauce in this vegetarian baked pasta dish, while mozzarella and Parmesan create a golden bubbling crust on top.