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Dinner Ideas for Kids

Dinner Ideas for Kids – do you have picky eaters in your house?  Well here are 25 dinners ideas for kids that are picky eater approved, and the grown ups will like them too!  Not just chicken nuggets and box mix mac and cheese that is for sure!

Sometimes getting dinner on the table is a struggle.  Sometimes it is super easy, but then you have some that complain about what you made.  It really can be a no win situation some nights.  I love Quick Dinner Ideas for when I am in a hurry.

Today I am here with 25 dinner ideas for kids.  These are kid friendly recipes that the grown ups will like too.  Nothing is worth that having to make more than one thing for dinner. No one wants to be a short order cook.  But I am not going to eat frozen chicken nuggets every night either.  So these are a happy medium.  Kid approved, and the grown ups will be happy too!

Be sure to check out the Family Dinner Ideas post for even more kid friendly dinner ideas.

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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

Ditch the box mix Hamburger Helper and make this homemade version instead! Dinner is ready in minutes, with just a few pantry ingredients.

Cheeseburgery Macaroni Skillet - 20 minutes, one pan, and dinner is done!

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Super creamy stove top mac and cheese with plenty of smokey bacon. Pure comfort food that is ready in minutes! 

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese - super creamy stove top mac and cheese with plenty of smokey bacon. Pure comfort food that is ready in minutes!

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Get dinner on the table fast with this super easy chicken pasta, that you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating!  No butter or heavy cream!

Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe - Get dinner on the table fast with this super easy chicken pasta, that you don't even have to feel guilty about eating!  No butter or heavy cream!

Beef & Noodles Soup

Use the crock pot to make this super easy soup recipe. Tender beef, noodles, and a delicious broth make for a comforting soup.

Beef and Noodles Soup - use the crock pot to make this super easy soup recipe. Tender beef, noodles, and a delicious broth make for a comforting soup.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

Use your crock pot to make these super tender Italian Beef Sandwiches. Cooks all day in great spices, for a tender and flavorful dinner. 

Slow Cooker Italian Beef - use your crock pot to make these super tender Italian Beef Sandwiches. Cooks all day in great spices, for a tender and flavorful dinner. 

Oven Baked Chicken and Potatoes

A one pan chicken dinner with citrus, olive oil, and basil marinated chicken, green beans and roasted potatoes.

Oven Baked Chicken and Potatoes - a one pan chicken dinner with citrus, olive oil, and basil marinated chicken, green beans and roasted potatoes.

Chile Lime Flank Steak

 Flank steak that is marinated in olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno. Then grilled in just minutes for a super fast meal the whole family will love. 

Grilled Chile Lime Flank Steak - flank steak that is marinated in olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno. Then grilled in just minutes for a super fast meal the whole family will love. 

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Chicken breasts marinated in a blend of yogurt, lemon juice, and Greek seasonings. Then grilled to perfection. A quick and easy dinner all summer long. 

Yogurt Marinated Chicken - chicken breasts marinated in a blend of yogurt, lemon juice, and Greek seasonings. Then grilled to perfection. A quick and easy dinner all summer long.

Grown Up Nuggets

Make a grown up version of a childhood favorite at home with these homemade chicken nuggets.  Baked, perfectly crispy, and ready in minutes!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets - make a grown up version of a childhood favorite at home with these homemade chicken nuggets. Baked, perfectly crispy, and ready in minutes!

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese that tastes just like what you can buy at Panera.  Made on the stove top in just minutes!

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese - homemade macaroni and cheese that tastes just like what you can buy at Panera. Made on the stove top in just minutes!

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Take your favorite grilled cheese sandwich up a notch and make it taste like pepperoni pizza!

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Take your favorite grilled cheese sandwich up a notch and make it tasted like pepperoni pizza!

Easy Baked Ravioli

Just a few simple ingredients for  a super easy, cheesy, and delicious dinner recipe the whole family will love. 

Easy Baked Ravioli - Just a few simple ingredients for a super easy, cheesy, and delicious dinner recipe the whole family will love.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

A healthier version of chicken Parmesan all made on one baking sheet! Super easy, quick and definitely family friendly.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Broccoli - a healthier version of chicken parmesan all made one one skillet! Super easy, quick and definitely family friendly.

One Pan Cheesy Sausage Pasta

 Get dinner on the table with these easy pasta recipe. Just one pan, 20 minutes, and you are done!

One Pan Cheesy Sausage Pasta - get dinner on the table with these easy pasta recipe. Just one pan, 20 minutes, and you are done!

Lemon Garlic Pork Chops

Thick pork chops marinated in lemon and garlic, and then seared to perfection. Lots of flavor, and super juicy pork chops in minutes!

Lemon Garlic Pork Chops - Thick pork chops marinated in lemon and garlic, and then seared to perfection. Lots of flavor, and super juicy pork chops in minutes!

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Who doesn’t love pizza?  Turn it into a pasta casserole you can make in your crock pot. Dinner the whole family will love!

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole - Who doesn't love pizza? Turn it into a pasta casserole you can make in your crock pot. Dinner the whole family will love!

Cafe Rio Pork

 Just like you’d get in the restaurant. Now you can make it at home in your slow cooker!

Café Rio pork just like you'd get in the restaurant. Now you can make it at home in your slow cooker!

Quick & Easy Skillet Lasagna

Make lasagna perfect for a weeknight meal. Ravioli makes this ready in less than 30 minutes, and pure comfort food everyone will love.

Skillet Lasagna {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Mexican Rice Skillet

A one pot meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make!  Get all the taste of taco night in this easy dinner!

Mexican Rice Skillet - a complete meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Healthy Stove Top Mac and Cheese

This healthy mac and cheese is quick and easy. Stove top mac n’ cheese made with Greek yogurt.

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Bacon, Ranch, Chicken Pizza

Crispy bacon, chicken and creamy ranch are the perfect combination for a chicken pizza!

Bacon, Ranch, Chicken Pizza

Pretzel Dogs

Big soft pretzels wrapped around hot dogs. Perfect for game day, or just a fun dinner.

Pretzel Dogs

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Fill tortillas with chicken and whatever else you like, then bake them to crispy perfection!  Serve with salsa or guacamole for dipping. Great use for leftover chicken!  

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

 Little cheesesteak sliders are stuffed with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and lots of melty cheese! Great for a party, game day, or a fun and easy dinner! 

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders - little cheesesteak sliders are stuffed with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and lots of melty cheese! Great for a party, game day, or a fun and easy dinner! 

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Lauren @ Hall Nesting

Monday 2nd of April 2018

You must have known I have been needing more of these!

Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

Friday 30th of March 2018

My kids would love all of these!

Jen

Friday 30th of March 2018

Pasta dishes are always a hit with my kids but I love that this list has so many other choices too!

Catalina

Friday 30th of March 2018

I am always looking for new dinner ideas for kids!

Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

Thursday 29th of March 2018

I have gotten stuck in a rut of cooking the same things over and over. Can't wait to mix it up!

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