33 Kid-Friendly Dinner Ideas for Busy Weeknights—and Even Busier Moms
We all deal with the weeknight supper scaries every now and then. It’s when you need something quick, easy, and crowd-pleasing—but you’re drawing a blank and the clock is ticking. Pleasing all of the kids, plus the grown-ups, is no simple feat. With that challenge in mind, we’ve rounded up a collection of kid-friendly recipes that the whole family will love. With hearty options like comforting casseroles and sheet pan suppers, as well as family fun-oriented mains like meatball sliders and cheesy calzones, you’re set with more than enough quick and easy dinner ideas for kids to last you all month long and then some. Read on for 30-plus dinner recipes for kids that even the pickiest eaters will go crazy for.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
You’ve just found your new favorite ground beef recipe.
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
Forget about the fast food drive-thru—this homemade recipe is way better.
Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This creamy recipe is so delicious that your kids won’t even notice that they’re eating veggies while enjoying their mac and cheese.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
Recipe: Ranch Turkey Burgers
Because ranch seasoning makes everything better—but especially burgers.
Healthy Turkey Lasagna
Recipe: Healthy Turkey Lasagna
This fresh take on classic beef lasagna is a weeknight casserole the whole crew will love.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
This easy slow cooker recipe is the only one you need for Taco Tuesday.
Easy Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
Say hello to your new favorite chicken casserole.
BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
Recipe: BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
A top-your-own potato bar makes dinnertime a little more fun for the kiddos.
Creamy Cheddar-Potato Soup with Bacon
Like a loaded baked potato, but in soup form. This recipe feeds a crowd, freezes well, and comes together in a Dutch oven.
Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Recipe: Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
We gave fried rice a Southern twist with lima beans and ham. Use up your pantry and freezer staples to get the job done.
Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
Recipe: Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
We wouldn't dream of topping hearty skillet beef stew with anything other than cheddar biscuits. Now, you won't either.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
This quick dish starts with your preferred ravioli from the refrigerated section.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
They'll love this recipe just as much as chicken tenders, guaranteed.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
What kid will turn down a fun meatball slider? Whipping it up in a slow cooker makes it fun for you, too.
Old-Fashioned Chicken And Dumplings
If this classic Southern dish hasn't made an appearance on your Sunday supper table, we highly recommend.
Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
Your whole meal comes together in a sheet pan. Need we say more? It's a new meat-and-potatoes classic.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon
Don't let the name fool you—this grilled cheese is extremely easy and as kid-friendly as it gets. The magic touch: Bacon.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
You won't meet a more crowd-pleasing casserole than this one, made with egg noodles, chopped ham, and a mix of springy vegetables.
White Cheese Calzones with Marinara Sauce
Calzones feel oh-so special when the kids can fill and fold their own!
Recipe: Chicken Bog
This is the best old-fashioned recipe that you might not have ever heard of. It's hard to go wrong with a delicious pot full of chicken and rice.
Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Recipe: Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Two kid-friendly favorites—Sloppy Joes and hot dogs—come together in a no-fuss family dinner.
Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Cheese
May we suggest pairing this perfect tomato soup with aforementioned bacon-laden grilled cheese recipe?
Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Fontina-Stuffed Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes
Cheesy stuffed pork chops? Get ready for a new dinner table staple.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
Consider this recipe a Mama-approved makeover of a quality jarred pasta sauce and box of pasta.
Emily Nabors Hall's Cheeseburger Pizza
Why not surprise the kids with a creation that combines two of their favorite foods?
Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs
Recipe: Grilled Pork Meatball Kebabs
These grilled kebabs master a balance of sweet and heat, and go well with any summery side.
Chicken Chili Pot Pie
Recipe: Chicken Chili Pot Pie
With a topping of cheddar cheese grits on the outside and a creamy chicken-bean combo on the inside, this recipe knows how to please the crowd.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
This might be one of our favorite meat-and-potatoes dinners ever.
Recipe: Burrito Bowls
Keep Taco Tuesday on its toes by making these burrito bowls instead. This recipe is full of customizable ingredients, so every child gets exactly what he or she likes.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Treat the family to a classic dish reinvented in an user-friendly skillet.
Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich
Recipe: Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich
These ingredients hit the trifecta of flavor.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
This isn't your everyday macaroni and cheese—it's so much better.