11 Winning Kid-Friendly Recipes

These kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes get accolades from the whole family

Jessica Mordo
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Big Dutch Baby

Kids will love the simple, slightly sweet flavor of this giant pancake; parents will love the ease of baking a family-sized breakfast rather than flipping several batches' worth of pancakes.

Recipe: Big Dutch Baby
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Rainbow Pinwheels

Make veggies fun with these easy-to-assemble wraps that are destined to be lunchbox staples.

Recipe: Rainbow Pinwheels
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Chocolate Oat Bars

A great after-school (or anytime) snack, these bars are gluten-free and dairy-free. Sub sunflower seed butter for almond butter to make them lunchbox safe.

Recipe: Chocolate Oat Bars
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Simple, Classic Grilled Cheese

If childhood could be summed up in a sandwich, it would be grilled cheese. This recipe from Cowgirl Creamery pulls out all the stops.

Recipe: Simple, Classic Grilled Cheese
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Kids' Butternut Squash Pasta with Edamame

When you need to sneak some veggies into a picky eater's diet, this vitamin A- and protein-packed spin on mac 'n' cheese saves the day.

Recipe: Kids' Butternut Squash Pasta with Edamame
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Mini Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Perfect for serving a crowd of hungry kids after a sports meet or at a party, these meatballs are super tasty in subs or atop spaghetti.

Recipe: Mini Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
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Lasagna with Sausage Ragù Redux

This version of the comfort food classic subs turkey sausage for heavier pork, puréed cottage cheese for richer béchamel, and olive oil for butter, resulting in a lightened dish that parents can feel good about serving.

Recipe: Lasagna with Sausage Ragù Redux
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Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls

Originally designed to be a family-friendly camping meal, these bowls are just as much of a crowd-pleaser at home.

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls
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One-Pan Mac 'n' Cheese

This super-easy take on mac 'n' cheese satisfies little ones with the classic flavors, as well as adults with smoked paprika-flavored breadcrumbs (you can serve them on the side if your kiddos aren't into it).

Recipe: One-Pan Mac 'n' Cheese
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Pizzetta 211 Margherita Pizza

Sure, you can order a pie, but making one at home is far more satisfying and will wow the kids at mealtime.

Recipe: Pizzetta 211 Margherita Pizza