Face it: You’ve had your fill of fish sticks, chicken tenders and buttered noodles for a lifetime. If only your picky eater would branch out from their usuals. Don’t worry—we’re here to help. Presenting seven kid-friendly dinners that even the finnickiest of diners won’t mind eating (or at least trying). They run the gamut from cheesy quesadillas (with a fun twist) to sheet pan gnocchi to a wholesome remix on chicken nuggets.

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Shopping List

Produce
3 garlic cloves
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 avocados
1 head cauliflower
4 bunches basil
1 bunch chives
1 bunch scallions

Meat
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders
12 eggs
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
2 split chicken breasts
8 strips bacon

Dairy
2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 ounce freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella
1 stick unsalted butter
8 ounces buttermilk
8 slices cheddar cheese

Grains
16 ounces potato gnocchi
8 ounces quinoa
8 tortillas

Canned and Packaged Goods
1 ounce pine nuts
Salsa verde
Gochujang
Sesame seeds
1 pound pizza dough
Pizza sauce
Panko breadcrumbs

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, nonstick cooking spray, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, all-purpose flour, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, cayenne pepper, granulated sugar, baking powder, hot sauce

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Monday: Sheet Pan Tomato Basil Gnocchi

If spaghetti is on their approved list, we have no doubt that they’ll get down with this carby, cheesy substitute, topped with homemade pesto and grape tomatoes.

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Tuesday: Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Crispy, juicy, ready in 30 minutes—and a far cry from the frozen pucks your kids are used to. They won’t even notice the quinoa (especially if honey mustard is involved).

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Wednesday: Waffle Iron Quesadillas

Your trusty waffle iron will add extra crunch to one of your kids’ go-to meals. Supplement the cheddar and avocado with their favorite salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.

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Thursday: Korean-Style Popcorn Cauliflower

Getting them to eat their veggies is a lot easier when they’re doused in a sticky-sweet sauce. Cut back on the gochujang to reel in the spiciness.

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Friday: Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Store-bought pizza dough makes these gems a breeze to prepare. Feel free to use different fillings according to your kids’ preferences, like Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken or sausage.

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Saturday: Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

News flash: You can make succulent, impeccably seasoned roast chicken without cooking a whole bird. Slice the meat and pile it atop pasta, sandwiches, rice or salads.

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Sunday: Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon

Breakfast for dinner is a surefire way to spice up your weekly rotation. Drizzle the kids’ tacos with maple syrup and yours with hot sauce.

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