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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. 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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    4. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

    Here’s everyone’s childhood favorite, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. It’s such a classic, easy and loved by everyone.

    This recipe is super meaty and saucy at the same time. Everyone will have fun twirling those noodles when this comes to the table.

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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!

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    9. Oven Fried Chicken

    Toss out that box of Shake & Bake, this easy Oven Fried Chicken recipe is the best yet!

    Succulent, tender chicken is coated in a perfectly seasoned panko coating, and then baked to crispy perfection. Yes, crispy!

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    10. American Goulash

    Tender macaroni, hearty ground beef, all tossed in a well seasoned tomato sauce along with plenty of cheese. Doesn’t that sound like the ultimate kid friendly dinner?

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Salmon Burgers

    This easy Salmon Burgers recipe is a winner! These burgers are not only healthy, but they’re also unbelievably delicious. 

    They’re great healthy meal for kids. And you can easily prep them ahead of time, so all they need is a quick sear or grill and dinner is on the table in no time.

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    14. Taco Pasta

    Taco Pasta!! Now that’s a taco lover’s sweet dream. All your favorite taco flavors get cheesy and creamy, mixed in with any type of your preferred pasta, and Taco Pasta happens. This will be loved by everyone in your family, kids and all.

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    15. Italian Baked Meatballs

    How about some classic comfort food tonight? These Italian Baked Meatballs are just that!

    Tender, perfectly seasoned meatballs are drenched in a simple homemade marinara sauce, and then baked to succulent perfection.

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    16. Baked BBQ Chicken

    This easy Baked BBQ Chicken is perfectly tender and juicy, with a sticky sweet barbecue glaze that you won’t be able to get enough of. 

    You’re going to love the ease of this recipe, which is a great weeknight dinner option to feed your hungry kids.

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    17. Fettuccine Alfredo

    This Fettuccine Alfredo is the BEST, hands down! It’s pure creamy Italian bliss that your kids won’t be able to get enough of.

    Forget the jarred stuff, this homemade alfredo is super quick and easy to make with basic ingredients. And it tastes even better than any restaurant.

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    18. 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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    19. Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    This homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe is the best ever! Creamy, cozy, and oh so cheesy, it’s so much better than any store bought soup. And it’s so easy!

    Broccoli and cheese are a classic combination, and once you try this recipe, you’ll see why.

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    20. 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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    21. Ground Turkey Pasta Bake

    This easy Ground Turkey Pasta Bake is total comfort food that will be loved by the whole family. When ground turkey is cooked in a deliciously seasoned tomato sauce with lots of veggies and becomes gooey, cheesy and meaty, all enveloped in your favorite pasta… This Ground Turkey Pasta Bakehappens!!

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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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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    26. 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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    27. 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!

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    28. 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!

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    29. 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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    30. 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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    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?

    Pin or bookmark this collection of great recipes so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

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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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