50 Family Recipes Kids Actually Like
Dinnertime can be especially challenging if you have picky eaters at home. Luckily, there are plenty of simple, delicious dishes that will satisfy every member of your family. To keep everyone involved, get tips on cooking with your kids, then download some fun conversation starters for a memorable mealtime.
Yogurt-based (so it’s packed with protein and calcium), this dip is dandy paired with carrots, cherry tomatoes, and other kid-favored dippers.
Get the recipe for Yogurt-Dill-And-Walnut-Dip.
A classic and oh-so-simple kickoff to dinner.
Get the recipe for Iceberg Wedge With Blue Cheese Dressing.
You may want to tone down the spicier ingredients to suit kids’ palates, but these quesadillas make both terrific appetizers and lunch, too.
Get the recipe for Sweet-Corn-Quesadillas.
A sneaky way to get kids to eat greens: Add the sweetness of dates and the crunch of bacon.
Get the recipe for Arugula Salad With Dates and Bacon.
Baked pita chips make a perfect low-fat accompaniment: Split 4 pitas into halves and brush with olive oil. Slice into triangles, arrange on baking sheets, and broil until crisp, about 2 minutes.
Get the recipe for Warm-Feta-Spread.
Ham and melted mozzarella combine for gooey deliciousness.
Get the recipe for Ham and Cheese Quesadillas.
Thick, smooth, and fully satisfying as a meal in and of itself.
Get the recipe for split-pea-soup.
Something different for the carrot lovers in your family―soup.
Get the recipe for Easter-Carrot-Soup.
See how quickly your kids spell out Y-U-M-M-Y.
Get the recipe for Peas and Carrots Alphabet Soup.
Avgolemonois a zesty Greek take on egg drop soup.
Get the recipe for Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup).
With apples, carrots, potatoes, and Cheddar cheese, this soup is layer upon layer of flavors.
Get the recipe for Cheddar Soup.
For a more substantial soup, add an additional spoonful of cooked rice to the bowl with the scallions and peanuts.
Get the recipe for african-peanut-soup.
A hearty choice, especially on a chilly night: a bean soup topped with bacon.
Get the recipe for bean-bacon-soup.
In terms of kid food, this is the mama of them all: straight-on macaroni and cheese.
Get the recipe for Macaroni and Cheese.
Can’t find tomatillos? Try a shortcut version of the sauce by mixing a 16-ounce jar of mild green sauce with 1 cup of cream.
Get the recipe for Zesty Chicken Enchiladas.
For the child who’s adventurous enough to go beyond ketchup: a teriyaki-spiked burger.
Get the recipe for Teriyaki-Glazed Burgers.
Or swap in healthier ground turkey for the usual beef.
Get the recipe for Turkey Burgers.
Another treat hot off the grill: sausage, served here with spinach salad and grilled tomatoes.
Get the recipe for Warm Spinach Salad With Grilled Sausage.
Looking for a meatless meal? Try this flavorful combination of pasta, broccoli, and walnuts.
Get the recipe for Orecchiette With Roasted Broccoli and Walnuts.
Simple but savory chicken is slow-cooked to perfection.
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken With Potatoes.
The crust (made of polenta) says pizza, but the mix of cheese and vegetables is as robust as a casserole.
Get the recipe for Deep-Dish-Polenta-Pizza.
With no cooking needed, these scrumptious sandwiches can be on the table in just minutes.
Get the recipe for Creamy Shrimp Rolls.
Dig in―this chili is dense with beans and vegetables.
Get the recipe for Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn.
Let kids get creative with their dinner: Serve build-your-own fajitas.
Get the recipe for Flash Fajitas.
Top pasta with a fresh tomato sauce that you can make in just minutes.
Get the recipe for Pasta With Fresh Tomato Sauce.
Couscous lends ordinary chicken some exotic Moroccan flavor.
Get the recipe for Quick Moroccan Chicken.
Keep a bag of frozen dumplings in your freezer for nights when you need to get dinner together fast. This salad is ready in under half an hour.
Get the recipe for Pan-Seared Dumpling Salad.
Caraway seeds give slaw a hint of licorice.
Get the recipe for Coleslaw With Caraway and Raisins.
Rich, creamy, and a kid―heck, an everyone―favorite.
Get the recipe for Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Yes, you can get kids to eat broccoli: Is making it with a tasty cheese sauce cheating?
Get the recipe for Broccoli and Gruyere Gratin.
A bit of maple syrup dresses up carrots in a sweet way.
Get the recipe for Maple-Glazed Carrots.
Remember when you were a child and your mom made a variation on this dish for you?
Get the recipe for Green Beans With Mushrooms and Crispy Onion Rings.
A zingy way to serve delectable corn: on the cob, with a sprinkle of tarragon.
Get the recipe for Corn on the Cob With Tarragon.
To prep this dish, the beans should be rubbed between the hands to break them in half lengthwise. Sounds like a job for a young helper.
Get the recipe for Green Bean Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette.
Light, easy, and sheer heaven.
Get the recipe for Angel Food Cake With Lime Drizzle.
The recipe calls for mint chocolate chip ice cream, but you could sub in another flavor, if you wish.
Get the recipe for Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie.
Airy meringue cookies provide a contrast in texture to smooth, creamy sorbet.
Get the reipce for Raspberry Sorbet Whipped Cream Meringues.
No one will ever guess that store-bought pound cakes are at the heart of this dessert.
Get the recipe for Toasted-Coconut-Refrigerator-Cake.
Made with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, these double-decker sandwiches are a new take on s’mores.
Get the recipe for Frozen-Chocolate-Sandwiches.
Yogurt gives a healthier twist to a sundae.
Get the recipe for Frozen Yogurt Sundae With Bananas and Chocolate Sauce.
Dress up vanilla ice cream with raspberries and peaches
Get the recipe for Peach and Raspberry Parfait.
Want more options for plain vanilla? Try these toppings.
Get the recipe for Ice Cream Snowballs.
A deliciously clever way to use stale bread: chocolate bread pudding.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Unconventionally sweet, a honeyed polenta cake could be a new favorite.
Get the recipe for Fresh Plums With Polenta Cake.
Easy to make, this tart bursts with the taste of fresh blueberries.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Tart.
This ice-cream treat is most definitely a special-occasion showstopper.
Get the recipe for ice-cream-bombe.
Actually more dessert than beverage, a peach-and–ice cream float is the perfect treat for a hot day.
Get the recipe for White Peach Floats.
A just-right balance of tangy and sweet.
Get the recipe for Lemon Soda Float.
Blend in chunks of frozen melon to thicken and cool a juicy smoothie.
Get the recipe for Melon Smoothie.
Perhaps this rich chocolate drink gets its name because it disappears in a flash.
Get the recipe for Magic Cocoa.