42 Easy Dinner Ideas For Kids

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This list of easy dinner recipes for kids will make choosing kid-friendly dinner recipes so much easier. There are 42 delicious meal ideas to choose from – that’s more than 6 weeks of easy dinners!

Easy Dinner Ideas For Kids

Meal planning can be a daunting task, especially when you have picky eaters like mine. So I have a running list in my head of quick and easy dinner recipes for kids. It includes all the things kids love, like spaghetti and meatballs, burgers, and chicken tenders.

I try to keep the meals simple and full of flavor, so everyone is happy! But I also make sure to sneak some veggies in so mom is happy, too. All of the meals on this list are easy to make and loved by my own family.

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baking dish with lasagna with pepperoni
Pizza Lasagna

Kid-Friendly Meal Ideas For The Whole Family

No need to make a separate kid-friendly meal, these recipes are perfect for the whole family.

Pizza Lasagna
Pizza Lasagna has all the flavor of your favorite pizza toppings in a yummy, layered casserole that's a kid pleasing dinner winner!
Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Pasta
Broccoli Pasta is creamy, cheesy, and quick to make. Ready in 20 minutes, this easy garlic parmesan veggie pasta recipe is always a hit!
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Pie
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole has tons of veggies, ground beef and that famous Sloppy Joe Sauce, all mixed together and topped with crispy tater tots for the ultimate dinnertime casserole meal.
Spoonful of tater tot pie.
Air Fryer Meatloaf
Air Fryer Meatloaf is tender and juicy, with a sweet and savory glaze. It's a classic comfort food dinner recipe that cooks in half the time.
Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Casserole takes everything you love about a cheeseburger and puts it into an easy casserole form. Made in a skillet, this filling meal is ready in about 30 minutes!
white plate stacked with cheeseburger casserole on it. Shredded cheese, a bowl of sliced pickles
Dorito Chicken Casserole
Dorito Chicken Casserole is an easy dinner that everyone loves! Full of Doritos chips and a creamy mix of chicken, tomatoes, corn and cheese.
Ground Beef Tacos
Learn how to make the most tender and flavorful meat for Ground Beef Tacos! These tacos are the perfect weeknight meal and are ready in about 20 minutes.
A plate of crispy ground beef tacos
Instant Pot Spaghetti
Instant Pot Spaghetti makes pasta night super easy! The pasta cooks with the meat sauce in the pressure cooker for a fast, easy one pot meal.
Cheesy Baked Tortellini Casserole
Baked Tortellini is an easy weeknight meal with fresh tortellini, meat sauce and cheese. Great for family dinner or doubled to feed a crowd.
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Kid-Friendly Soups

My kids love soup – it’s warm and comforting, and it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies. Pair your favorite soup with a yummy sandwich for an easy weeknight dinner your whole family will love.

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is an easy way to make a classic favorite. It's warm, comforting and full of chicken, veggies and egg noodles.
Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup
Beef and Macaroni Soup is made with a tomato beef broth, macaroni and vegetables. It's a classic satisfying meal that's ready in under an hour.
A close up of soup
Turkey Chili
Healthy Turkey Chili recipe is hearty, meaty and incredibly flavorful. Simple and easy to make, this tasty chili is great for game day or family dinners. 
A bowl of chili with avocado slices, cheese, and jalapenos
Chicken Vegetable Soup
Chicken Vegetable Soup has simple ingredients like tender chicken, fresh vegetables and pasta in a rich broth, and it's ready in 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Roasted Tomato Soup
This Homemade Tomato Soup recipe is bursting with robust roasted tomatoes and is quickly and easily made in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
Social media image of instant pot tomato soup
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
Spaghetti and Meatballs is a classic family meal that everyone can enjoy. But it can get boring after a while! Try this Spaghetti and Meatball Soup – it's sure to spice up boring old spaghetti night!
A bowl of Meatball and Spaghetti soup
white pot with pasta, alfredo sauce and chicken
One Pot Chicken Alfredo

30-Minute One-Pot Wonders

One-pot meals are great for busy weeknights, and these dinner ideas take very little time and effort. Get dinner on the table fast with these favorites!

One Pot Chicken Alfredo
One Pot Chicken Alfredo is a quick and easy meal made in just one pot! Pasta, chicken, and a creamy alfredo sauce come together for a fantastic dinner that’s ready in just 30 minutes!
One Pot Chicken Spaghetti
An easy one pot meal with chicken, spaghetti and a creamy tomato sauce.
A close up of chicken spaghetti
One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese
One Pot Taco Mac and Cheese is the perfect blend of seasoned ground beef, pasta, and cheese. It's fast, easy and ready in 30 minutes!
Social media image of Taco Mac & cheese
One Pot Pizza Pasta
This One Pot Pizza Pasta is so simple and delicious and tastes like pizza in a bowl! Plus this simple dinner cooks in just one pot for easy clean up!
pepperoni, pasta, sauce in a large pot with parsley garnish.
One Pan Ham & Cheese Tortellini
One Pot Ham and Cheese Tortellini is creamy and flavorful, and cooked all in one pan for a quick weeknight dinner with easy clean up.
One Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta
One Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta is full of noodles, bacon and chicken in a cheesy Ranch sauce. All cooked in one pan for easy clean up. 
stack of sliced grilled cheese sandwiches
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Classic Kid Favorites

Cooking food that your kids will eat can be challenging, but these classic kid favorites are sure winners every single time.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is an easy way to make a childhood favorite. Crispy, golden bread stuffed with melty cheese and no skillet required!
Walking Tacos
Need to feed a crowd without much effort? Here's the perfect recipe for you: Game Day Walking Tacos.
Air Fryer Hamburgers
Air Fryer Hamburgers are juicy and so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. Homemade hamburgers in the air fryer are a super fast dinner any night!
Air Fryer Fish Sticks
Air Fryer Fish Sticks are a game changer! Making frozen fish sticks in the air fryer is so easy, and they are crispy and crunchy every time.
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Tender pasta swimming in a silky, creamy, cheesy sauce. My Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so easy to make you’ll never go back to the blue box again!
A bowl of shell pasta with cheese sauce.
Pizza Bagels
With only 3 ingredients and endless topping choices, homemade Pizza Bagels are an easy to make, easy to eat meal or snack.
Air Fryer Hot Dogs
Air Fryer Hot Dogs are flavorful, juicy and take less than 10 minutes! Great for rainy days or when you don’t feel like firing up the stove.
Air fryer hot dogs social media image.
Sheet Pan Pizza
This Sheet Pan Pizza recipe is quick and easy to make. Golden, chewy crust made from a homemade dough with NO rising or kneading.
Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Frozen French Fries let you have hot, crispy fries in minutes. Turn frozen fries into a copycat of your favorite fast food side!
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is a creamy combo of chicken, bacon, ranch and cheese. It's a real crowd pleaser and makes the best sandwiches!
Taco Pizza
This easy homemade Taco Pizza is a family friendly recipe with delicious Mexican flavors! It is a simple weeknight dinner made with refried beans, seasoned ground beef and fresh vegetables.
slice of taco pizza served with sour cream
Sloppy Joes Sandwich
Classic Sloppy Joes recipe with ground beef, onions, ketchup, Worcestershire, and brown sugar sauce for the ultimate sweet and savory meal. 
Sloppy Joe featured image.
Turkey BLT Wraps
Deli turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato wrapped in a flour tortilla with ranch and avocado.
Easy Pizza Pinwheels
Pizza Pinwheels are made with soft crescent rolls, pizza sauce, and your favorite toppings. An easy snack or appetizer ready in 20 minutes.
Baked Zucchini Fries
Super crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, Baked Zucchini Fries are a healthy snack or side dish option and a great way to use up that summer squash!
A plate of baked zucchini
One Pan Buttered Noodles
One Pan Buttered Noodles is a fast and easy side dish. As the pasta simmers it creates a rich and luscious sauce – no draining required!
egg noodles with butter, wooden spoon, silver pan
platter with crispy chicken drumsticks
Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Show me a kid that doesn’t love chicken nuggets and…well I wouldn’t believe you! From chicken nuggets to tenders to drumsticks, these easy chicken dinners will rock your kids world.

Baked Chicken Nuggets
Homemade chicken nuggets are made with chunks of chicken and seasoned breadcrumbs. These baked nuggets are a healthier alternative to drive-thru chicken. 
Breaded and baked chicken nuggets with small dish of barbecue sauce.
Baked Chicken Tenders
With a buttery panko breading and about 20 minutes in the oven, these crispy Baked Chicken Tenders are way better than the drive thru!
Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders
Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders are tangy and slightly sweet, with a fresh citrus flavor. Make this copycat recipe at home with 4 ingredients!
Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Get crispy baked chicken drumsticks in 3 easy steps. These juicy, flavorful baked chicken legs will be your new go-to chicken recipe!
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are a quick and easy recipe for juicy chicken strips with a crunchy Panko breading!
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders dipped in bowl of ranch dressing
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
Skip the line and save some cash with this easy copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets recipe. With a perfectly golden exterior and a tender, juicy center, this is THE chicken nuggets recipe you need in your life.
Copycat chickn fil a chicken nuggets.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are tender and juicy and practically hands off in your slow cooker. Crisp under the broiler for the finishing touch.
pizza bagels on a baking sheet

Take the stress out of weeknight meal planning – these easy dinner ideas for kids are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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