25 Easy Dinners Every Kid on the Planet Will Love

Feeding the whole family can feel like a full-time job, but it doesn't have to. These crowd-pleasers are fast, healthy(ish) and satisfying. Don't worry: We also made sure they're a little bit sophisticated (anything but baked chicken and peas), so the chef can enjoy them, too.

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Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese “croutons”

The kiddos will gobble this up, and you’ll want to take leftovers to work. May we suggest making a double batch?

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Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Better than anything you’ll find in the freezer aisle, these golden crisp tenders don’t taste remotely “healthy.”

Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Little ones will get a kick out of decorating and eating this colorful pie. And, bonus, for mom: The crust is low-carb.

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Polenta And Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs again? Enter this slightly classier version the kids (and you) will still love.

Ham And Cheese Tortellini

Add this delightfully cheesy dish to your weekly rotation.

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One-pan Roasted Chicken With Carrots

Simple and perfectly seasoned, this dish is sure to become a family hit. (And, bonus, practically zero cleanup.)

Broccoli Cheese And Potato Soup

Guaranteed to get your picky son to eat his greens.

Southwest Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hotdish

Serve your toddler first—everyone else will be fighting for seconds.

These Homemade Tater Tots Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

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Eggplant Pizza

Almost as fast as a frozen pizza, this healthy veggie-centric version lets you rest easy.

Asparagus Grilled Cheese With Brown Butter And Dijon

Grilled cheese for dinner will make your tot’s day. (And we give you permission to call it a tartine.)

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Baked Zucchini “ziti” Spirals With Mozzarella

You'll love the squash, your preschooler will adore the cheesy sauce.

Skillet Taco Pasta Shells

After soccer practice and piano lessons, this 30-minute crowd-pleaser is a godsend.

Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders With Honey Mustard Sauce

Crusted in coconut and almond flour, these gems are perfect for weeknight dinners.

Broccoli And Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

Warm, comforting and sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Chicago Dogs

Set up a topping bar and let everyone assemble their own dogs.

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Tortellini Soup With Italian Sausage

All the greatest hits in one delicious dish.

Taco Pizza

The next time you’re tempted to get fast food, remind yourself that this pizza takes just 30 minutes. And shhh—don’t tell your preschooler—it’s practically just a big salad.

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Sweet Potato Noodles With Almond Sauce

Your kiddo will swoon over these “swoodles.” And so will your waistline.

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Classic Chicken Pie

Think: Free-form chicken potpie. Home run.

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Blt Tacos

One thing the whole fam can agree on? Bacon makes everything better.

The Essential Cheese Quiche

Make everyone’s night with this light and fluffy cheese pie. (Optional: French wine for the chef.)

One-pan Pizza Chicken

The kids love cheese. You hate doing dishes. Best compromise ever.

Avocado Pasta With Asparagus And Peas

Appetizing shells will lure them in; creamy avocado sauce will have them coming back for more.

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Chicken

Family-friendly, but oh-so-fancy.

Quesadilla Burger

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?
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