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!
Below are recipes for simple — yet nutritious — versions of classic hits often found on children's menus at restaurants. From 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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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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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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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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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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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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.