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What if we said you could have an extra, freebie hour every day? Well, thanks to these super-speedy kid-approved dinners…you basically can. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time helping out with that science project (or just kicking back with a glass of wine, darnit). From classic pasta recipes to inventive ways to serve veggies, here are 50 kid-friendly dinners to please everyone in the family.

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1. 20-Minute Free Form Chicken Potpie

Puff pastry is the ultimate time-saver.

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Two Peas & Their Pod

2. Veggie Sheet Pan Nachos

Coterie member Maria Lichty has finally figured out a way to get kids to eat a pile of vegetables…without hiding them.

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3. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

You know the kid who doesn’t like “sauce”? This one’s for her.

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4. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

Totally sophisticated enough for Mom, too.

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5. Avocado and Black Bean Pasta Salad

Swap in your kid’s favorite pasta shape.

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Gimme Some Oven

6. 12-Minute Chicken And Broccoli

Sweet and salty FTW.

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7. 10-Minute Portobello Pizzas

Just call this a different type of pizza crust.

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Inspiralized

8. Instant Cup of Noodles with Spiralized Vegetables

Stash in the fridge and pour boiling water over when you need dinner ready, stat.

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9. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

You’ll love this low-carb recipe just as much as the little ones.

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10. Eggplant Pizza

Get the kids to help you make this easy veggie dish.

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Kitchen Sanctuary

11. Enchilada Skillet Lasagna

Psst, it’s OK to nix the chile if spice is a deal-breaker.

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12. Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

Breakfast for dinner: exciting every time.

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Half Baked Harvest

13. Italian Sausage Hoagies

Whip up these beauties with jarred marinara sauce and Italian seasoning.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

14. Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich

Whoa, rainbows really do have magical powers.

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15. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole

All of the greatest hits combined.

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Pinch of Yum

16. 20-Minute Healthy Chicken Parm

PSA: many grocery stores now sell frozen zoodles.

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17. Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Serve with a side of peas and dinner’s done.

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18. Waffle Breakfast Sandwich with Chorizo

Everyone will go bonkers when you announce breakfast for dinner.

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19. Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Fun fact: Quinoa is a complete protein. It’s also gluten-free.

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20. Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad

Now this is a salad preschoolers can get behind.

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21. Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Bookmark this one for when the kids have friends over: It’s ready in 20 minutes uses only one dish.

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22. Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

Crispy chicken—without frying—right this way.

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23. Carrot Pasta

The ultimate answer to “How do I get my kids to eat more veggies?”

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24. Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Double the recipe and stash half in the freezer for nights when you’re tempted to order in.

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Half Baked Harvest

25. Broccoli Cheddar Melts

So sneaky.

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26. Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Bonus: This crowd-pleaser is less than $5 a serving.

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27. Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

Saucy and flavorful (but not too spicy).

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28. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

A classic that never quits.

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29. Eggplant Parm Casserole

For those nights when you need a hearty meal that'll satisfy your whole crew.

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30. Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad

Trust us, kids will love the peanut butter dressing.

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31. The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

Oh hi, old friend.

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32. Polenta Ragu Casserole

As satisfying as lasagna, minus the fussy, fragile noodles.

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33. BLT Tacos

Bacon wins every time.

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34. The Ultimate Pasta Pie

Seal the deal by telling everyone you’re serving pie for dinner.

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35. General Tso's Cauliflower

Wayyy better than takeout.

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36. Swedish Meatballs

Let the whole fam know it’s hygge night.

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37. Cauliflower “Tater” Tots

Don’t forget the ketchup.

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Damn Delicious

38. Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

So good, the kids (and you) will want to lick their plates.

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39. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Our favorite cruciferous veggie strikes again.

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Inspiralized

40. Chicken and Carrot Cups

When in doubt, put everything in a muffin tin and bake it. The shape is a guaranteed hit with the pre-K set.

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41. Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

They’ll be hooked at the first mention of ranch.

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42. Skillet Pizza

If you have flour, cheese and a can of tomatoes, you have the makings of the ultimate kid-pleasing dinner.

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43. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Oh, your kid hates bell peppers? No big deal, trade them for another crisp and sweet veggie, like carrots.

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Ambitious Kitchen

44. Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Peas

Yes, your kids can see the peas, but the sweet butternut squash sauce with cream cheese more than makes up for it.

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45. Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

Win over the whole family at dinnertime.

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46. Pasta Alla Norma

Best of all, you can make four servings for less than $10.

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Damn Delicious

47. Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

You could use this as a fridge-cleanout opportunity, or let your kids pick and choose the fillings.

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48. Black Pepper Chicken

A clean version of a takeout favorite that’s ready in 30 minutes.

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49. White Turkey Chili with Avocado

If regular chili is too exotic for your kids, try a white chili.

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50. Easy One-Pan Baked Ziti

Memorize this formula: pasta + canned tomatoes + cheese = baked ziti.

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