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.
You may want to tone down the spicier ingredients to suit kids’ palates, but these quesadillas make both terrific appetizers and lunch, too.
A sneaky way to get kids to eat greens: Add the sweetness of dates and the crunch of 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.
Ham and melted mozzarella combine for gooey deliciousness.
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.
See how quickly your kids spell out Y-U-M-M-Y.
Avgolemono is a zesty Greek take on egg drop soup.
With apples, carrots, potatoes, and Cheddar cheese, this soup is layer upon layer of flavors.
For a more substantial soup, add an additional spoonful of cooked rice to the bowl with the scallions and peanuts.
A hearty choice, especially on a chilly night: a bean soup topped with bacon.
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.
For the child who’s adventurous enough to go beyond ketchup: a teriyaki-spiked burger.
Or swap in healthier ground turkey for the usual beef.
Another treat hot off the grill: sausage, served here with spinach salad and grilled tomatoes.
Looking for a meatless meal? Try this flavorful combination of pasta, broccoli, and walnuts.
Simple but savory chicken is slow-cooked to perfection.
The crust (made of polenta) says pizza, but the mix of cheese and vegetables is as robust as a casserole.
With no cooking needed, these scrumptious sandwiches can be on the table in just minutes.
Dig in―this chili is dense with beans and vegetables.
Let kids get creative with their dinner: Serve build-your-own fajitas.
Top pasta with a fresh tomato sauce that you can make in just minutes.
Couscous lends ordinary chicken some exotic Moroccan flavor.
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.
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.
Yes, you can get kids to eat broccoli: Is making it with a tasty cheese sauce cheating?
A bit of maple syrup dresses up carrots in a sweet way.
Remember when you were a child and your mom made a variation on this dish for you?
A zingy way to serve delectable corn: on the cob, with a sprinkle of 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.
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.
Airy meringue cookies provide a contrast in texture to smooth, creamy sorbet.
No one will ever guess that store-bought pound cakes are at the heart of this dessert.
Made with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, these double-decker sandwiches are a new take on s’mores.
Yogurt gives a healthier twist to a sundae.
Dress up vanilla ice cream with raspberries and peaches
Want more options for plain vanilla? Try these toppings.
A deliciously clever way to use stale bread: chocolate bread pudding.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding.