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.
Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (April 4 – 10)
3 garlic cloves
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 head cauliflower
4 bunches basil
1 bunch chives
1 bunch scallions
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
2 split chicken breasts
8 strips bacon
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
16 ounces potato gnocchi
8 ounces quinoa
Canned and Packaged Goods
1 ounce pine nuts
1 pound pizza dough
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
Monday: Sheet Pan Tomato Basil Gnocchi
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).
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.
Thursday: Korean-style Popcorn Cauliflower
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.
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.
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.
For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.