Boring dinners no more! These kid-friendly recipes will satisfy picky eaters and adventurous young children alike - pizzas, pastas, muffins, quesadillas and casseroles with hidden veggies will be a hit at the family dinner table! There's nothing spicy or exotic listed here, just family favorites plus some easy, delicious recipes youngsters are sure to love! Click the chicken nuggets picture to take you to the recipe, it's by far the biggest kid-friendly hit on my blog!
Access my free meal prep challenge!
Access my free meal prep challenge & bonus resources.
Over five printable PDF downloads to help you stay on track with your health & fitness goals like a weekly meal planner, printable shopping list, and more will be sent during the challenge!
Tips for making dinner kid-approved!
Make a meal plan together
If you're wanting to please the little ones, try to get them involved and give them a say in the meal planning process. This way you know everyone is going to enjoy what's for dinner and possibly even be interested in helping out. Having a list of family favorites posted on the fridge can help when inspiration is lacking, and this way you can compile a larger list of kid-approved meals over time that the whole family will love!
Prep ingredients ahead of time
Prepping the ingredients at the beginning of each week as soon as you're done your shopping is a meal prep strategy I already advocate for, but doing this also helps when it comes to family-friendly dinners. It allows the kids the chance to help you cook by adding ingredients as you need them, and it also helps to cut down on cook time when you actually do go to cook.
Get the kids involved!
This is a great trick to get kids to try new things and develop a more adventurous palate. If cooking dinner can become a family activity, it'll feel more fun and take up less time. Plus, cooking turns into quality time when done this way! A fun way to get the kids involved is to prep the ingredients and lay them out buffet-style to create different meals such as grilled cheese and make your own pizza night.
My most popular kid-friendly Recipes
This Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai is a quick and easy one-pot dinner – the noodles cook alongside the other ingredients for minimal clean-up! Ingredients and
This Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites Recipe tastes just like the sous vide version. All you need is an oven and a silicone egg tray! Ingredients
These Applebee's Chicken Wonton Tacos are the perfect copycat, filled with honey-garlic chicken and zesty slaw in a crispy wonton shell. Ingredients and substitutions Chicken
Instant Pot Cream of Mushroom Chicken is made healthier than the classic version of this dish – say hello to your childhood fave re-envisioned! Ingredients
This is the Easiest Ever Crockpot Lasagna Recipe – it cooks hands-off all day and is super easy to assemble. Plus, it freezes well! Ingredients
These Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a delicious make ahead lunch idea that comes together in one pot. How to make
These 20-Minute Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls are a quick dinner idea using mostly pantry staples – read on for a slow cooker option!
These Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a low carb lunch idea with a lemon-oregano marinade, and they're ready in 30 minutes! Ingredients
This Crock Pot Vegetarian Lentil Chili with sweet potatoes is a healthy spin on comfort food – it's the perfect hands-off dump dinner! How to make
These Meal Prep Low Carb Big Mac Salad Jars are like a healthy cheeseburger – you probably already have the sauce ingredients! How to make
This Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta with salsa and bell peppers is a delicious one pot meal. Just dump in all your ingredients and serve!
These Easy Pizza Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms are a tasty low-carb way to satisfy your pizza cravings. They’re so simple and ready in a flash! Ingredients