Lunch and Dinner for Kids

Wellness: Cooking with Kids
10 Kid-Friendly Lunches & Dinners for When the Whole Gang's at Your House

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January 22 2018


We know hosting a crew of kiddos can be chaotic. But hopefully you can keep their hands busy in the kitchen. Let them help stir, add, shape, and fill whenever possible. We like to serve these meals with a serving a fresh fruit and veggies with dip.

  1. Mini Mac Bites

    What kid doesn't ask for mac and cheese? We love this recipe because it's an excellent source of calcium and keeps portions in check.

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  2. Grilled Cheeses on a Sheet Pan

    By using the sheet pan method, you can make 6 baked sandwiches at once. Plus you don't need to butter the bread. 

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  3. Hawaiian Bread Sliders

    We call this recipe Tailgate Sliders because it's ideal for a hungry crowd—including kids—and all the sandwiches get baked together in one shot. Score! 

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  4. Easy Cheesy Pizza Cups

    Check it out, you can use wonton wrappers to make mini edible cups to fill with just about anything. Think taco filling, sloppy joes, or in this case, pizza.

  5. Mini Cheeseburger Pies

    Customize this one to be even healthier by using lean ground turkey and adding shredded carrots to the burger mixture. 

  6. Sloppy Joe Tater Tots

    That's right. When sloppy joes meets tater tots in a casserole dish, you get the most irresistible kid food ever. We like to make this one with lean ground beef and sweet potato tots.

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  7. Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers

    We recommend doubling this recipe if you've got half a dozen kids hanging out. Each batch makes about a dozen chicken tenders. And kids love them.

  8. Cheeseburger Roll-Ups

    Instead of grabbing fast food burgers, try making these portion-controlled three-ingredient roll-ups. 

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  9. Slow Cooker Mini Meatballs

    Keeping a bag of frozen meatballs in the freezer is never a bad idea when you have kids hanging around the house. Check out this saucy recipe.

  10. Little Meat Loaves

    Protein-packed and full of calcium, these mini meat loaves are the perfect entree size. 

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