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    The 30 BEST Dinner Ideas for Kids

    Looking for some nutritious, family friendly meals to keep even your pickiest eaters happy? We have you covered!

    This great collection of easy Dinner Ideas for Kids has plenty of great recipes for you to try. We’re sure your family will love these dishes!

    You’ll find cozy soups, hearty pastas, fun handheld meals and so much more. The little ones will be sure to proclaim their mom or dad is the best cook in the world!

    Cook your way through all of these great kid friendly recipes, you’re sure to find some new favorites! Enjoy…

    The 30 BEST Dinner Ideas for Kids.

    1. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

    What is Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup? Nostalgia in a bowl! Hearty tomato soup topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. The kids are going to love it!

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    2. Loco Moco (Hawaiian Beef Patty with Gravy)

    Loco Moco is a fun and delicious Hawaiian dish. A heap of rice is topped with a beef patty, smothered with gravy, and finished with a sunny side up egg. How cool!

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    3. Crack Chicken (Crockpot / Instant Pot)

    This addictingly delicious Crack Chicken is loaded with creamy, cheesy goodness. And it’s topped with bacon. This easy recipe is equally great in the crockpot or instant pot.

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    4. Johnny Marzetti

    Who is Johnny Marzetti? One hearty and nostalgic American casserole, that’s who. Hearty macaroni noodles, ground beef and sausage in a tomato sauce and topped with melty cheese. What kid wouldn’t love that!

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    5. Baked Mac and Cheese

    This beautiful Baked Mac and Cheese is cheesy, creamy and topped with panko-parmesan crunch bits. The panko gets mixed with parmesan, butter, and paprika to make for a beautiful golden-brown bake. 

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    6. Ground Beef Tacos

    Tacos are a super fun meal for everyone! These made with a seasoned ground beef filling, and they’re covered with shredded cheese, and any of your favorite fixings!

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    7. Lasagna

    This one is such a classic comfort food that you need to perfect it. Tender sheets of pasta, a cheese filling, and a rich meaty tomato sauce will take you there. Luckily, such great flavors are so easy to create to bring that joy to everyone in your family.

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    8. Creamy Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

    These creamy parmesan chicken meatballs are an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love. You can have this kid friendly meal on the table in about 30 minutes!

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    9. Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla

    This chicken sheet pan quesadilla is easy to make, full of great flavors, and fun to eat! Great dinner idea for kids!

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    10. Classic Hamburger Recipe

    Sometimes, you just want a classic hamburger… here you have it! This recipe is super simple to make, and it tastes juicy and delicious!

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    11. Homemade Supreme Pizza

    Every kid loves pizza! This homemade supreme pizza recipe will show you that you can make an amazing pizza right at home – no need for takeout! It’s also customizable, and you can change how thick or thin the crust is.

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    12. Healthy Chicken Ramen Stir Fry

    Healthy ramen? Who would have thought! This stir fry is packed with veggie power and nice lean protein. You kids will love twirling these noodles!

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    13. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

    Who doesn’t love a good pot pie? This one is made in the slow cooker and is topped with biscuits! YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    14. Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice

    Add some island flair to your fried rice. This quick and easy one pot meal is loaded with flavors and whips up in 20 minutes or less!

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    15. BBQ Chicken Sliders

    These barbecue chicken sliders are an easy to make, one-pan recipe that takes only thirty minutes to make. It’s a fun meal the kids will love to dig in to!

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    16. Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes… Saucy, meaty, sweet, and savory. This American classic sure does live up to its name! It’s a meal that everyone will approve of, while barely taking any effort to make it happen. So grab a plate, a napkin (or ten), and get ready to put together this spectacular dinner!

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    17. Grilled Naan Pizza with Strawberry Chicken and Avocado

    This easy and colorful recipe is a fun twist on your regular pizza. It uses pre made naan bread as a crust to make your life simple!

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    18. Swedish Meatballs

    These Swedish meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Tender, perfectly cooked meat spheres smothered in the most delectable sauce. You’ll keep coming back for more! This is a great kids’ dinner idea…

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    19. Baked Ziti

    Another great casserole, this Baked Ziti is loaded with ground beef and sausage and studded with a ricotta cheese mixture. Add some homemade tomato sauce and plenty of cheese and you have a feast fit for a crowd!

    Get the Recipe @ bakerbynature

    20. Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Want to make your favorite spaghetti and meatballs a bit easier? Fire up your trusty old crockpot! Just toss in your uncooked spaghetti noodles in the last hour of cooking and you have a great one pot dinner!

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    21. Healthy Chicken Avocado Wraps

    These healthy chicken avocado wraps taste amazing! Don’t let the word “healthy” scare you off, the kids will still love them! They use sweet potatoes, and they’re stuffed with a kale salad mix to help you get your greens in! Best of all, they take only fifteen minutes to make.

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    22. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    Another delicious dish that doesn’t require too much effort is this crockpot Tuscan chicken. It uses an amazing parmesan sauce that’s creamy, dreamy, and garlicky, and it has spinach and sundried tomatoes. What’s not to love?

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    23. One Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

    It’s always refreshing to have a recipe that only uses one pot, and this one pot ground beef stroganoff does just that! It’s a creamy, hearty, easy, and savory meal to make, and it’s a winner. It’s filled with tender mushrooms, yummy beef, and noodles.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    24. Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup

    This chicken meatball noodle soup is simply spectacular! It’s a comforting chicken noodle soup, but made even better with meatballs. Trust us, the meatballs are the best part of the soup, and you’ll be glad you tried it!

    Get the Recipe @ damdelicious

    25. Shake Shack Burger (Perfect Copycat)

    If your kids love Shake Shack, impress them with this homemade copycat! You’ll be amazed at the flavors of this burger! This also comes with the classic shack sauce recipe, which definitely completes the meal. Have fun with this little taste of Shake Shack!

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    26. Crustless Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Pot pie without the pie? Yes, if you are like me craving those comfy, cozy flavors without the extra work. This one is for those lazy days!

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    27. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

    This easy chicken noodle soup isn’t just easy to make, it’s also super delicous! After only thirty minutes, you’ll have a classic comforting soup ready for you and your kids to enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ averiecooks

    28. Loaded Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

    Looking for something you can set out as a snack or use as a meal? Try this loaded sheet pan with barbecue chicken nachos! The crispy tortilla chips are covered in shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, onions, pickled jalapeños, and more!

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    29. Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    This is a great chicken recipe that will have your mouth watering as soon as the aromas hit the air! This is a Hawaiian inspired pineapple chicken recipe, and it is a great option if you want a super easy and delicious dinner!

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    30. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    This creamy chicken skillet is your weekday best friend. It’s super easy and it’s super tasty. Start to finish in 30 minutes, this just may become a new staple in your rotation.

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    So there you go, thirty great dinner ideas for kids. Don’t they all look like something the little ones will love? Which will make their way into your regular rotation?

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    30 BEST Kid Friendly Mains

    This great collection of Dinner Ideas for Kids has plenty of nutritious meal ideas the little ones will love! Try this cozy grilled cheese tomato soup:


    • 1 28oz whole tomatoes in can
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp flour
    • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
    • 1/2 tsp dried basil
    • 1/2 cup cream
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup croutons


      1. Heat up olive oil and butter over medium heat and sauté onion till it gets soft and translucent, Add in garlic and stir in for a minute. Stir in flour and sauté for another minute.
      2. Add tomatoes and break them up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes.
      3. Stir in broth along with bay leaf and all dried herbs. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
      4. Blend the soup in a blender to smooth consistency, working in batches, or use immersion blender.
        Stir in cream and mix well.
      5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pour the soup into individual soup bowls. Top it with a thin layer shredded cheese. Place some croutons on top of the cheese and again cover all with another layer of cheese.
      6. Bake the soup for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
      7. Rest for few minutes and serve with additional croutons.


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