Easy Kid-Approved Dinner Recipes

Figuring out what to eat for dinner every night when you have a family with young kids is no easy task. You want to cook healthy meals for your family, and you want those meals to actually get eaten, and, better yet, be enjoyed by all!

Favorite kid friendly dinner recipes, from my family to yours! 20+ easy dinner ideas that the whole family will love! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the words, “I don’t like this dinner.” Of course, requesting a different meal isn’t an option for my kids – they eat what we eat or they don’t eat. But it sure is nice when they come to the table and are eager to eat what I’ve cooked that night!

When I make my weekly meal plan, I usually plan to cook 2-3 nights each week. The rest of the days I plan for leftovers or what I call “no recipe” dinners. Those are things like breakfast for dinner, English muffin pizzas, and bean and cheese burritos. This helps me to not feel overwhelmed with cooking a new meal each night and those fast and easy “no recipe” nights are some of my kids’ favorites!

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Before we get to my list of easy kid-approved dinner recipes, I have a little secret to share.

I’ve implemented one key rule that has made it much more likely that my kids will eat their dinner. I don’t offer snacks close to dinner time. If dinner will be served in the next 1 1/2 hours or so, I make them wait. If they are starving (and yes, they can be just that dramatic), I offer them a veggie plate with cut vegetables (think bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes). That helps to curb their hunger until the real meal is served and I don’t mind if they fill their tummies with vegetables.

Below I’ve listed the recipes that I often choose for my cooking nights. I’ve made each of these meals multiple times and my kids (all three of them) pretty much always eat them. I hope your little ones will enjoy these dinners too!

Some recipes include a vegetable in the main dish. If not, I always serve a fruit or vegetable on the side. Our favorites are roasted sweet potato rounds, roasted broccoli (or steamed), simple roasted carrots, raw bell pepper or carrot slices, fresh pears, apples, bananas, kiwi and oranges.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

An easy recipe for 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken. My family has made this so many times we've lost count! It's a healthy weeknight dinner made simple with the help of your crock pot!

Unstuffed Bell Pepper Skillet

This Unstuffed Bell Pepper Skillet is a healthy one pot dinner made with ground turkey and brown rice. This recipe is my kids' favorite!

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

This easy Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells recipe is one of our favorite dinners! These pasta shells are lightened up with a secret ingredient, make ahead, and freezer friendly!

Easy Cheesy Beef and Pasta Skillet (you can also use ground turkey or chicken)

Honey Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Caprese Pasta

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

Turkey Burgers

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (minus the coleslaw for the kids)

These Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are an easy dinner that your family will love! The pulled chicken cooks in a homemade barbecue sauce in your crock pot. Plus, a recipe for easy, no mayo homemade coleslaw! These can be made into sliders for the perfect party food!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Dump and go (no chopping) easy slow cooker chicken taco soup recipe. A family favorite, made in your crock pot! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos

Easy Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos, filled with a creamy mixture of chicken, cheese, cream cheese, and homemade BBQ sauce! This baked chicken taquito recipe is made easier with the help of your crock pot!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

This Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is one of my family's favorite easy dinners! Made in the slow cooker, this chicken is sweet and juicy!

5 Ingredient One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage

5 Ingredient One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage. Ready in 30 minutes! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (use your favorite jarred marinara sauce to make this meal even easier)

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce - Ready in 30 minutes! A healthy dinner the whole family will love!

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

BBQ Chicken Sliders

BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach. Tangy BBQ sauce, gooey cheddar and chicken make for one tasty little sandwich!

Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese

A creamy cheese sauce coats every bite of this healthier Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese! An easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love!

Creamy Stovetop Panera Mac and Cheese

Creamy Stovetop Panera Mac and Cheese - a homemade version of the restaurant favorite! This copycat recipe makes an ultra creamy and cheesy macaroni and cheese! Ready in 30 minutes!

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole

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