Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas for Kids

10 Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes That Come Together in No Time

Coming up with quick and easy dinner ideas that your kids will love is always a challenge. You need recipes that get meals on the table fast. You want meals that are healthy. And most of all, you want everyone in the family to have something they'll enjoy. These recipes fit the bill on every score!

Dinner Ideas for Kids: 10 Recipes That Are Sure to Be a Hit

Below are recipes for simple — yet nutritious — versions of classic hits often found on children's menus at restaurants. From...MORE different types of homemade pizzas to mac n' cheese, chili and baked chicken and fish, these versions of your child's favorite dinners are quick and healthy alternatives to takeout or frozen dinners (which are often full of sodium and added sugars and fats).

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    BBQ chicken
    BBQ Chicken. Stephanie Gallagher

    For me, if I have to dirty too many pots and pans to make a main course and another bunch of dishes to make additional sides, then I'm out. For others, it may be the number of ingredients that sets them over the edge. More than five ingredients and they can't be bothered. With just five ingredients — including salt and pepper — this barbecued chicken recipe couldn't be easier. And kids love it! Even better: You only have to dirty one dish to make this recipe. 

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    Baked Ziti Recipe
    Baked Ziti. Stephanie Gallagher

    This baked ziti recipe is comforting, belly-filling, picky eater-appealing, good food. Although it has to bake for 40 minutes, it's a snap to throw together. While it bakes, go throw a football with the kids or toss in a load of laundry.  

    For more veggies: Baked Ziti Recipe with Spinach


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    Chicken French Bread Pizza
    Chicken French Bread Pizza. Stephanie Gallagher

    Rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese make this pizza recipe a snap to put together. Using French bread in place of pizza dough makes this pizza not only easier to prepare, but if you cut it into bite-sized pieces, it's easier for small children to eat.

    See also: Pizza Wrap Sandwiches


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    Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
    Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese. Stephanie Gallagher

    Let this quick and easy dinner recipe cook in the Crockpot while you go out and have fun with the kids. Everyone will feel relaxed enjoying this family-friendly classic meal together.

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    Pesto Pizza Recipe

    Pesto Pizza
    Pesto Pizza. Stephanie Gallagher

    A pre-cooked pizza dough makes this pesto pizza recipe a snap to prepare. I like to use fresh mozzarella for this pizza, but feel free to use pre-shredded mozzarella if it's easier. To make this pizza even more gourmet, try using a smoked mozzarella cheese.

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    Chicken Quesadillas
    Chicken Quesadillas. Stephanie Gallagher

    Leftover cooked chicken (or rotisserie chicken) makes these quesadillas a snap to prepare. This is a terrific last-minute recipe for busy weeknights. Serve with guacamole (get in those extra veggies where you can).

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    Cornflake Crusted Cod
    Cornflake Crusted Cod. Purestock/Getty Images

    With just five ingredients, this baked cod recipe is not only a quick and easy dinner recipe, it's also kid-friendly. The crunchy topping has real kid appeal without being fried.

  • 08 of 10

    Hot Dog Chili Recipe

    Hot Dog Chili Recipe
    Hot Dog Chili. Stephanie Gallagher

    Like a chili dog in a bowl, this hot dog chili is a real kid-pleasing recipe. Feel free to add your favorite veggies for an extra dose of nutrients. And to make it, you just throw everything in a pot and cook!


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  • 09 of 10
    Grilled Chicken
    Grilled Chicken. Stephanie Gallagher

    This simple grilled chicken recipe takes boneless, skinless chicken breasts, quickly soaks them in a lemon garlic marinade before grilling. You can use an outdoor grill or an indoor contact grill, such as a George Foreman grill (compare prices) for this easy recipe.

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    Pecan Crusted Salmon
    Pecan Crusted Salmon. Stephanie Gallagher

    Healthy salmon is topped with a crunchy honey mustard and pecan coating in this easy 5-ingredient recipe that takes only minutes to prepare. Serve with rice or a salad and you have a complete and nutritious meal.

    See also: 5 Ingredient Recipes You Can Get on the Table Fast!