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Tired of the dinnertime battle? Set your whole family up for success with these easy kid-friendly dinners! Each one is dietitian-formulated and kid-approved, so you can rest easy knowing these delicious and healthy meals will be a big hit. Your new family favorite is right here!

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Easy Kid-Friendly Dinners

As a mom , I know how hard it can be to find meals your kids will like, let alone healthy recipes that will nourish their growing bodies! I promise that every single one of the meals is kid-approved by my own crew!

They’re so tasty that even the pickiest eaters won’t mind. Dinner is about to get way easier!

Why You’ll Love these Healthy Kid-Friendly Dinners

  • Taste-tested by my own kids to make sure they’re up to snuff
  • Formulated by a registered dietitian to be higher in fiber and protein
  • Lots of veggies incorporated for extra vitamins and minerals
  • Simple to meal prep for easy weeknight dinners all week long
  • Classic kid-friendly flavors (just a little healthier)
  • Tasty enough to serve the entire family
  • Unprocessed and made with wholesome ingredients

Main Dishes

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper is a classic for a reason! It’s full of creamy, cheesy hamburger meat, but the boxed stuff has lots of preservatives and additives you don’t need. Save this recipe for a super simple dinner on those nights when you’re scrambling!

Homemade hamburger helper in a white polka dot bowl with a fork in it.

Disneyland Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is always a hit, especially on those chilly nights!

A birds-eye view of a grilled cheese sandwich and cup of tomato soup on a polka dotted plate.

Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Ditch the storebought nuggets to make your own! You can store them in the freezer for later too!

A hand dipping an air fryer chicken nugget into a bowl of ketchup.

Meatloaf without Eggs

These little meatloaf are slightly sweet, which kids love, and they’re just the right size for kids.

Mini meatloaf muffins next to one another on a polka dot plate.

Kids Chili Con Carne

Even the pickiest eaters will not know that a bunch of veggies are packed into this chili. It’s so flavorful!

A small bowl of chili con carne and a spoon on a colorful polka dot plate.

Seashell Soup

I keep the ingredients for this soup on hand at all times. You just need a few pantry staples and some spice!

Seashell soup in a white bowl with a spoon in it.

Homemade Pizza Rolls in Air Fryer

Kids love pizza, and these bite-sized pizza bites are a healthier alternative. They even have some bell peppers and spinach packed inside to make them extra nutritious.

Homemade pizza rolls stacked on top of one another on a white plate.

Turkey Burger Sliders

Ground turkey + breadcrumbs + zucchini + seasonings and spices = the best little burgers ever.

Turkey burger sliders on small plates on the counter.

Black Bean and Cheese Quesadilla

If your kid lives off of quesadillas, sneak in some extra fiber with a savory mixture of black beans and spices. This is a great dish, even for babies!

Black bean and cheese quesadillas stacked on top of one another on a white plate.

Fiestada Pizza

Top your pizza with taco taco meat and spices for a healthier twist on a cafeteria classic.

Slices of Mexican fiestada pizzas on a table.

Chickpea Veggie Nuggets

Totally vegetarian, full of veggies, and loaded with fiber (and flavor) – what more could you want?

A plate of chickpea veggie patties with one half-bitten in a bowl of ketchup.

Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets

The cauliflower makes these nuggets soft and tender. Serve with your kid’s favorite dips!

Baked cauliflower chicken nuggets stacked on top of one another on a plate with a green bear toothpick stuck in the top.

Homemade Mini Pizzas

Pizza is always on the menu around here! These personal pizzas are made with the EASIEST 3 ingredient dough ever. No kneading or waiting required!

A birds-eye view of mini pizzas on a counter.

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

If you have picky eaters, try incorporating veggies into your protein source whenever possible. These meatballs have spinach, broccoli, and carrots!

Turkey veggie meatballs in a bowl.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

A little apple gives these meatloaf muffins a slightly sweet flavor. Bake them in muffin tins for an easy kid-sized serving!

3 turkey meatloaf muffins stacked on top of one another.

Mini Chicken Quesadillas

My kids love bite-sized foods, and these tiny quesadillas are always a big hit. Avocados are a fantastic source of healthy fats, which those growing bodies really need!

Mini chicken and avocado quesadillas stacked on top of one another.

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

These little meatballs could not be much easier to make. If you want to add meatballs to your pasta dishes, try this version to sneak in some extra veggies.

Mini Egg Bites

Breakfast for dinner is always a thing around here, especially on those busy weeknights. Serve these bites up with some toast and some raw veggies and dip, and you’re good to go!

Mini egg bites next to one another on a white plate on the counter.

Chicken Pastina Soup

This soup is “Italian penicillin,” perfect for curing whatever ails you. The tiny star noodles are the best part!

A bowl of chicken pastina soup with a white spoon in it.

Pesto Chicken Bites

Crispy and crunchy with a delicious pesto flavor…these are way better than ordinary chicken tenders!

Pesto chicken bites with baby carrots and cucumber slices on a blue striped plate.

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

My kids love having eggs for dinner, especially with some toast, 3-ingredient protein waffles or fresh fruit. Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this!

A divided plate with scrambled eggs, sliced strawberries and peanut butter toast strips.

Chicken Avocado Poppers

These little avocado poppers are especially great for little ones. They’re so good with tater tots, cilantro lime rice, or fries!

Two chicken avocado poppers stacked on top of each other.

Mini Salmon Cakes

Salmon and sweet potato are the perfect match. Serve these cakes with a creamy sauce, like my avocado creme.

Mini salmon cakes stacked on top of one another.

Zucchini Frittata Muffins

If you know you have a really busy night this week, prep a pan of these muffins on the weekend for a super quick meal!

Zucchini egg frittata muffins in the shape of a heart arranged on a colorful striped plate.

Kids Chicken Noodle Soup

Most kids love chicken noodle soup and this version is designed with the perfect sized pieces for babies and toddlers to feed themselves.

A bowl of healthy chicken noodle soup with a spoon in it.

Chicken Muffins

Top these mini chicken meatloaf muffins with a rich tomato sauce and some mozzarella cheese for a delicious pizza flavor!

A chicken muffin in a cupcake liner on a plate.

Mexican Chicken Fajitas

If your kids love tacos and Mexican flavors, they’ll love these fajitas! Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and their favorite toppings.

A close-up of a chicken fajita packed with chicken and bell peppers on a white plate.

5-Ingredient Meatloaf

For this tasty meatloaf, you only need five simple ingredients: ground beef, Parmesan cheese, egg, onion, BBQ sauce, and some seasonings.

5-ingredient meatloaf with slices cut into it. on a white platter.

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Make your own homemade Caesar dressing to make healthy Caesar salads at home any night of the week!

A bowl of chicken Caesar salad on a table next to a large salad bowl.

Big Mac Tacos

For a crowd-pleasing dinner, smash a burger patty into a taco to make these amazing burger tacos! They taste better than takeout and are so fast!

A birds-eye view of a healthy big mac taco on a counter.

Chicken Burrito Casserole

This recipe is perfect for busy parents! Combine all of the ingredients, including the rice, in a casserole dish and bake. You can’t beat those one-pot meals!

Chicken burrito casserole in a glass pan after baking.

Beef Nachos Supreme

These homemade nachos are a better-for-you option than most fast food and taste absolutely amazing. The kids devour them too!

Beef nachos supreme on a baking sheet, topped with avocado slices.

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe has three flavors kids love – chicken, pesto, and sweet potatoes. They’re a complete meal in one! My kids repeatedly ask for this meal!

Pesto chicken stuffed sweet potatoes lined up on a white cutting board.

Worcestershire Sauce Burgers

Burgers are always a great option for family-friendly meals, and these homemade patties are LOADED with flavor!

A Worcestershire burger on a piece of parchment paper.

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4-Ingredient Pasta Salad

This is one of my favorite quick dinner ideas! You just need pasta, pesto, tomatoes, and feta. So easy!

A bowl of 4-ingredient pasta salad.

Sweet Potato Tots

These healthy homemade tots are made with lentils and sweet potatoes for extra fiber. They taste great, too!

Sweet potato tots in a blue checkered paper cup with a little flag poked into the top of one.

Veggie Quinoa Bites

I promise – this is the easiest way to get your kids to eat quinoa. They love the cheesy flavor!

A stack of three veggie quinoa muffins.

Cheesy Zucchini Fritters

This is one of the best ways to use up extra zucchini (and convince your kids to eat it at the same time). They get rave reviews!

Cheesy zucchini fritters stacked on top of one another on two small white plates.

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites

These quinoa cups are loaded with broccoli, but kids mostly just taste the cheese. 

Broccoli cheddar quinoa bites stacked on top of eachother on a plate.

Broccoli Cheese Tots

My kids love these baked broccoli tots! They’re soft and tender from the broccoli and potato with a crunchy texture. Great for dipping!

Broccoli cheese tots stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of one.

Cauliflower Tots

Your kids won’t even know there’s kale in these homemade tots! 

An overhead image of a tray with cauliflower tots.

Healthy Corn Fritters

These are hands down one of the most commonly requested recipes in my house. The crisp texture of the fritter and the sweet flavor of corn = perfection.

Cheesy corn fritters stacked on top of one another on a small white plate.

Baby Pasta Recipe

Serve up some extra greens by making your own veggie-packed pesto with basil, spinach, and avocado. It’s seriously tasty!

A bowl of baby pasta with avocado sauce on a white towel.

Roasted Carrot Pasta

Did you know you can turn roasted carrots into a sweet and creamy pasta sauce? It’s so good and the perfect vehicle for some of the meatloaf muffins and poppers above.

Roasted carrot pasta on a white plate next to a fork.

Mashed Sweet Potato Fritters

This is such an easy way to serve extra sweet potatoes! They’re amazing with a little apple. 

A child's hand reaching for a fritter on a stack of mashed sweet potato fritters.

Homemade Veggie Tots in Air Fryer

This is basically my go-to tot recipe. They’re made with carrots, zucchini, and broccoli, but the savory flavors from the melted cheese and spices stand out the most. They’re always a total hit!

A plate of air fryer veggie tots.

5-Ingredient Mac and Cheese

Every parent needs a good homemade mac and cheese recipe, and this one couldn’t get much easier. We always have evaporated milk on hand so we can make it at a moment’s notice!

A small bowl with 5-ingredient mac and cheese.

Zucchini Fries in Air Fryer

If you want your kids to eat more zucchini, it helps to bread it with a cheesy breadcrumb mixture first. These are so good for dipping!

Zucchini fries on a white plate, with a small bowl of sauce.

Kale Mac and Cheese

This is an easy way to add some extra veggies into a simple meal!

Kale mac and cheese in a small white bowl with a spoon in it.

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