10 Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves

published Jun 9, 2023
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Add a “the kids are cooking” night to your weekly meal plan and everyone wins. Not only is it fun for your kids to get their hands dirty and cook up something for dinner, but it also gives you a break for the evening. These 10 recipes are easy and tasty crowd-pleasers, so everyone at the table will definitely approve.

Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves

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Baked Potato Shakshuka

Bake a few extra potatoes the night before to make this comforting dinner extra easy to assemble for your kids. All they need to do is top that potato with marinara sauce and an egg, and slide it into the oven for a few minutes.

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Grilled Meatball Kebabs

Starting with a bag of precooked meatballs means these kebabs are super simple. If you’d rather not have your kids standing over the grill outside, they can also be cooked on a grill pan or baked in the oven.

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Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

Let the kids choose their favorite vegetables to roast for this satisfying meatless meal that turns a tub of hummus into dinner.

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Ham, Brie, Marmalade and Arugula Pressed Sandwich

Dust off that panini press so your kids can make themselves a seriously good hot sandwich for dinner. If you don’t have a panini press, this can also be made on the stovetop in a skillet, like a normal grilled cheese.

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Sheet Pan Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

These cheesy pizza sticks start with store-bought dough so they come together quickly — just don’t forget the marinara sauce for dipping. Plus, leftovers pack up great for the kids’ lunch boxes the next day.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Salad

This wholesome salad is far from boring, thanks to strips of crispy chicken tenders and a sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing. Using frozen breaded chicken tenders means the kids are one step closer to making dinner without too many steps.

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Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps

Canned salmon is the secret to making this no-cook meal possible — keep a couple cans in your pantry and the kids can make these wraps anytime they want.

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10-Minute Black Bean Tacos

Yes, these tacos really do take 10 minutes to make. That’s because they lean on store-bought conveniences like canned beans, bagged cabbage slaw, and jarred salsa.

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tuna, and Oregano Vinaigrette

While elbow macaroni works great in this recipe, any of your kids’ favorite pasta shapes will do. The kids can even make this on the weekend, when there is more time, and reach for it throughout the week since it holds up so well in the fridge.

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Curried Egg Salad on Naan

A little bit of curry powder makes this egg salad different from all the rest, yet still approachable for kids. Piling it on store-bought naan makes it a bit more fun than your average sandwich.

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This post was originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: 10 Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves