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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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

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Lemon Cake

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This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.

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: 3.65 stars
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Marbling cheesecake is an easy way to elicit oohs and aahs. This one has a raspberry puree swirled in.

Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings

Rating: 3.45 stars
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In less than 15 minutes, you can prep this roast chicken wing recipe from Emeril Lagasse with help from the kids. Serve it with your family's favorite dipping sauce.

Chicago Dog

Rating: 3.78 stars
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Some traditions you just don't mess with, and a Chicago dog is one of them. All-beef frankfurters are "dragged through the garden," meaning they're piled with a bunch of veggie condiments. Try rocking these dogs at home for your next casual buffet.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Our ultimate mac and cheese relies on three different kinds of cheese -- American, cheddar, and Parmesan. For easier grating, put the block of cheese in the freezer for five minutes first.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Rating: 3.59 stars
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This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.

Rainbow Cake

Rating: 3.71 stars
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This colorful layer cake from "Whisk Kid" blogger Kaitlin Flannery is ideal for a child's birthday party, or any time you want to make a big impression.
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Inspiration and Ideas


Oat-Crusted Chicken Cutlets

Swap oats in for breadcrumbs and add umami-rich Grana Padano and fresh parsley to make a flavorful coating for chicken breasts. A quick turn in the skillet later, dinner is on the table.