A Month’s Worth of Dinners Kids Really Love

“What’s for dinner, Mom?” It’s the never-ending question when you’re a parent. Making dinner for your kids can be frustrating. Sometimes they love what you make, and sometimes they just plain hate it. One thing that’s for certain is that kids are very honest with their feedback. So, when your kids love what you’ve made, you know you’re on to a winner. To make things easier, we’ve picked out a month’s worth of recipes that are kid-tested and kid-approved. Many of these recipes are so simple your kids can help make dinner with you, so they’ll appreciate it even more. Round it out with a healthy, kid-friendly side, such as a pouch or cup of Mott’s unsweetened applesauce, for an extra nutrition win.

Pasta Pleasers

1. Spaghetti and Meatball Muffin Bites

Rave Review: “My kids LOVE this recipe. I used mini meatballs I found at Whole Foods. My daughter requested it again as her birthday dinner.” — kotoba

Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffin Bites

Photo by Shorecook

2. Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Rave Review:“These were great. A great quick and easy meal. And my kids actually ate spinach willingly!”— Rae

3. Baked Ziti I

Rave Review: “This recipe was easy and good, and as other reviewers have said it is very similar to lasagna. My 3 year old really like it too!” — CHINDERS

Baked Ziti I

Photo by cookinmama

4. Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese

Rave Review: “This is a classic recipe for macaroni and cheese. The kids will love this!” — JAYDE175

5. Ham and Cheese Bowties

Rave Review:  “The whole family (3 kids) enjoyed it and wanted seconds…and THAT doesn’t happen often!” — MOMTOKTL

Ham and Cheese Bowties

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

6. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Rave Review: “My 4 year old helped make this and she had a blast. It was so easy to prepare and make.” — Heather

Meaty Meals

7. Mini Meatloaves

Rave Review: “Very clever recipe that was appealing to everyone! The kids liked having their own personal meatloaf and my dh even preferred it over the one giant lump of meatloaf.” — Peripheree

Mini Meatloaves

Photo by KGora

8. Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs

Rave Review: “This was amazing – the whole family felt like we were eating at a fine Italian restaurant. This recipe is not difficult and is SURE to impress others. My kids keep telling me how great it was.” — Christi

9. Lasagna Cupcakes

Rave Review: “Big hit with my family. Used seasoned turkey and meat combo. Mixed the cheeses and Ricotta together like the video showed. My son says it tasted like pizza!” — Samedar Kosmides

Lasagna Cupcakes

Photo by lutzflcat

10. Glazed Meatloaf

Rave Review: “Fantastic meatloaf! When I asked my boyfriend and his son what they thought of it…they both said it ‘Tastes like More!’ Made it to specs and loved it. A definite favorite for the family!” — N

11. Meatloaf Patties

Rave Review: “Delicious, kid-approved mini-meatloaf patties!” — courtneynjones

12. Uglies

Rave Review: “Great for kids. My 4 kids loved these.” — MANDY5473

Uglies

Photo by abapplez

13. Simple Beef Pot Roast

Rave Review: “Presentation and taste was a big hit. Many recipe requests. I was almost embarrassed to say how easy it was to prepare! My kids give this one 5 1/2 Stars!” — Kerry-Lynn

14. Hamburger Steak With Onions and Gravy

Rave Review: “Amazing! My kids – ages 10, 8, and 2 – ate this up and asked for seconds.” — Erika D. Melrose

15. Turkey Sloppy Joes

Rave Review: “Very good! My granddaughter who is very picky loved this!”— Jack Schmidt

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

16. Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Rave Review: “My whole family Loved this recipe, even my ultra-picky little boy! It was super easy, was made with ingredients I always have on hand, and it tasted GREAT with no adjustments necessary to the recipe!” — IgetPaidToDrinkCoffee

Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Photo by Sherri

17. Breaded Chicken Fingers

Rave Review: “My kids loved them! I baked them instead of frying and they still turned out crispy.” — JENNIBG

18. Easy Shake and Bake Chicken

Rave Review: “Chicken was juicy and very good. All the kids raved! Quick and easy. Will make again!” — Momof3

19. Oven Roasted Chicken Teriyaki

Rave Review: “My five year old devoured it! and I loved it as well Definitely will be making again soon!” — Kerry

20. Chicken Enchiladas

Rave Review: “The entire family, fussies and all, raved about these enchiladas. I would not change a thing.” — Allyson

21. Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Rave Review: “My 2 year old LOVES them! Definitely a keeper!” — DAYDREAMFREAK

Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Photo by Shorecook

Yay Veggies

22. Disney’s Ratatouille

Rave Review: “I loved this! My 6 year old daughter couldn’t get enough of it” — halfnotes

Disneys Ratatouille

Photo by footballgrl16

23. Quick Beef Stir Fry

Rave Review: “Very easy and delicious! And my kids ate their veggies!” — Stephanie Ann Bovee

24. Kids Favorite Cauliflower

Rave Review: “I’ll have to admit, this was pretty good. Grand Daughter loved it.” — bd.weld

25. Homemade Tater Tots

Rave Review: “Never have to buy frozen store bought Tater Tots® anymore. This will be a good, more healthy recipe for kids and adults to remember their childhood favorite.” — Shaysfoodjourney

Homemade Tater Tots

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

26. Tater Tot Bake

Rave Review: “This was a great recipe!!! It was so easy to make and even my 14 month old loved it!” — MORGMOM

Perfect Pizza

27. Vegetable Pizza 

Rave Review: “The “no-veggies” kids tussled over the last piece!” — COLDSOUP

28. Pizza Casserole

Rave Review: “My family went nuts over this dish! I have two very picky teenagers, so if they liked it, that is amazing in itself.” — OperaFan

Kids Favorite Pizza Casserole

Photo by Cynthia Ross

29. Bubble Pizza

Rave Review: “This is my granddaughter’s most requested meal when she comes to visit.” — NEUJERZE

Easy Pork

30. Southwestern Sweet Grilled Pork Chops

Rave Review: “Very easy to make…the sauce glazes to the pork chops and it’s great. My kids loved the sweet aspect to the sauce and devoured the pork chops.” — jkhuff

Southwestern Sweet Grilled Pork Chops

Photo by KGora

31. Pigs in a Blanket

Rave Review: “I love these. My mom used to make them all the time for us when we were younger. Now I get to do the same for my son (who LOVES hotdogs).” — Momof2

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