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!
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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 Healthy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with broccoli and white cheddar is comfort food at its finest without all the extra calories! Ingredients and
This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole is a delicious make-ahead breakfast with hashbrowns, bacon, veggies and eggs. It’s great for the holidays! Ingredients and substitutions Cooking spray
Crockpot Chicken and Rice is so easy to make in your slow cooker – no soup can is required! Just add frozen veggies, sour cream
This Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta is a delicious one pot pasta recipe that's perfect for summer and it’s ready in just 30 minutes! Ingredients and
This Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken is a one-pot rice dish with an easy five-ingredient sauce made using pantry staples. Ingredients and substitutions Olive
This Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food! It’s a cheesy one-pot pasta recipe that’s filled with hearty flavours. Ingredients and
This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli with Rice is a takeout-inspired 30-minute dinner idea that comes together with pantry staples. How to Make Beef and
These 5 Healthy Crockpot Recipes make great dump dinners and can be made ahead of time. Try sweet and sour chicken, minestrone soup and more!
This Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is a delicious one-pot spin off on your favourite childhood meal – it's got extra veggies, too! How to make homemade
Healthy Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff is packed with veggies, comes together in one pot for minimal clean up and is freezer-friendly! Is beef stroganoff healthy?
These Quinoa Salad Recipes are full of protein! Choose from 5 flavours: southwest, curried, Mediterranean, caprese, or green goddess. Making quinoa Choose the type of