5 kid-friendly easy dinner recipes
When I place stuffed salmon, lemon-butter asparagus and wild rice on the table, my boys immediately declare, "Why can't we have normal food?" The fact that I greatly enjoyed preparing the meal and was so proud of the results I had to immediately post a collage on Instagram gets is lost on my meat and potatoes kids. While their palates have expanded since they were toddlers, straying too far from the stapes — pizza, burgers, chicken — has my boys politely picking and then heading out to Cookout with their friends.
But there are recipes out there that are not too difficult, will satisfy kids and will have you inspired to snap a few photos for social media. Here are five that I uncovered recently.
Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce
What I like about this Cooking Light recipe is it only requires the use of two pans — one if you precook the chicken ahead of time — and it combines the flavor of pizza with the protein and low-carb qualities of chicken. However, I do not recommend garnishing with fresh basil unless you want to hear, "Why are there leaves in my food?" Photo Credit: Johnny Autry
This All Recipes gem contributed by Kris McCaslin combines the convenience of a casserole with flavors kids love. You cannot go wrong when you combine beef (or turkey for a healthier option) with tomato soup, corn, egg noodles and a kid-friendly name. I could put asparagus in slumgullion and my kids would still try it. Also, this one has been tested through the generations — it is McCaslin's grandmother's careworn recipe. Photo Credit: Kris McCaslin
Chicken Tamale Pie
If your kids like southwestern cuisine, you're going to love this easy-to-throw-together meal. This Food Network recipe uses salsa to flavor the meat and broth to make the cornmeal topping complement rather than crumble. Photo Credit: Food Network
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
Raise your hand if at least one of your children orders chicken tenders whenever you go out to eat. Cassie Craves decided she could get the same attention at her dinner table with these buttermilk-soaked chicken tenders. Worried about lack of time to fry chicken during the week? This Half Hour Meals recipe requires only 15 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook. Photo Credit: Cassie Craves
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
My kids love chicken and dumplings. I rarely have the time to make it from scratch. However, this Southern Living recipe has the southern favorite on the table in 40 minutes. While I would replace the refrigerated biscuits with my homemade biscuit batter, this one is going to get filed away for busy days during the fall and winter. Photo Credit: Beth Dreiling