Fun and Delicious Dinner Ideas for Kids

Cooking dinner for your kids is never an easy task. Between time constraints, picky eaters and dietary considerations, it can be difficult to settle on a meal that satisfies everyone in the family. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of recipes to help you out. From 30-minute meals to healthy, kid-friendly dinners, you’re sure to find recipes to fit your needs. 

In this guide, we’ll cover:

30-Minutes or Less


Quick meals for kids

Sometimes you only have a little bit of time between sports practices or school events. These fun dinner ideas for kids can help you find something quick and delicious to make when you don’t have a lot of time: 

Italian Sausage Burgers


Italian Sausage Burgers

A tasty mix of Italian and American fare, this recipe requires you to heat a grill to medium heat, and mix together sausage, beef, cheese, and an egg before molding into patties. Grill the patties for 5 to 6 minutes on each side while toasting the buns. Add some cheese, dressing, and basil as a final touch. Place the sausages on the buns and serve.

Recipe: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipe/125005/italian-sausage-burgers

Total time: under 30 minutes

Serves: up to 6 people

Velveeta Creamy Beef Stroganoff Skillet

Velveeta Creamy Beef Stroganoff Skillet

Start by browning ground beef in a skillet before adding milk, water, seasoning mix, and pasta. Stir it, boil it and cover for 8 to 10 minutes. Finally, mix in some Velveeta cheese sauce and enjoy.

Recipe: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipe/145441/velveeta-creamy-beef-stroganoff-skillet

Total time: 20 minutes

Serves: up to 5 people

Szechuan Chicken


Szechuan Chicken

Cut up chicken and coat with cornstarch. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat and fry the chicken in garlic. Once browned, mix in soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and water. Cover the dish until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with green onion and cayenne pepper. Serve with rice for a filling meal.

Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/49014/ten-minute-szechuan-chicken

Total: 30 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

Healthy Dinners for Kids

Healthy Dinners for Kids

As much as they may love sweets, kids need to eat healthy too! Here are some easy dinner recipes that can help with that:

High-Speed Salmon Grill

High-Speed Salmon Grill

Ready in just 15 minutes, this high-speed salmon dish is an easy dinner recipe for kids. Start by heating your grill to medium and mixing Kraft barbeque sauce, maple syrup and orange zest in a skillet. Place the fish skin side down on the grill and top with half the sauce, grill for 10 minutes and brush with the remaining sauce after 5 minutes. That’s all you need for this easy dinner recipe.

Recipe: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipe/135726/high-speed-salmon-grill

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

One-Pot Fajitas

One-Pot Fajitas

Healthy, and full of flavor, these fajitas only take fifteen minutes to make and serve up to 5 people. All you need is to simmer a ¼ cup of chicken broth in a pan before throwing in some pepper and onions. Add black beans, stir in rice and let sit for a few minutes. Add the chicken, sprinkle some shredded cheese onto the tortillas and roll together. 

Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/247045/jans-20-minute-one-pot-fajitas

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: up to 5 people

Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini Pasta

Though this recipe is intended for a single serving, just grab a few extra zucchinis to cater to your numbers. Using a vegetable peeler or a zucchini spiralizer, cut spaghetti strands from the zucchinis. Remove the seeds, then heat olive oil in a skillet. Place the noodles in the skillet for one minute and cook until the zucchini is soft. Season to taste.

Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/233453/low-carb-zucchini-pasta/

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: 1 person

Dinners Even Picky Eaters Will Love

Dinners for Picky Eaters

Here are some delicious dinner ideas that even the pickiest of kids will enjoy:

Two-Step Chicken Bake

Chicken Bake

Serving up to 4 and taking only 30 minutes to cook, this tasty 2-step chicken bake is sure to delight. To start, place the chicken into a shallow baking dish before spreading Campbell’s soup on top. Cover it and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. That’s it!

Recipe: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/tasty-2-step-chicken-bake

Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

BBQ Pork Sandwich

This one takes a bit of prep. Take a slow cooker and place beef broth in with boneless pork ribs. Cook on high heat for around 4 hours. Once done, shred the meat. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pork in a separate skillet and stir in the BBQ sauce. Put it in the oven for around a half hour, remove and serve. The total cook time is 4 hours 45 minutes, but it serves 12 people and works great as leftovers.

Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/21174/bbq-pork-for-sandwiches

Total time: 4 hours 45 minutes

Serves: 12 people

Chicken and Rice Dinner

Chicken and Rice

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet and place seasoned chicken in the oil. Cook for around 10 minutes, then set to the side. Stir in Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, water, paprika and black pepper, heating until it boils. Mix in rice and broccoli before bringing back in the chicken. Sprinkle it with paprika, cover it and cook it thoroughly. This recipe serves up to 4 and takes around 15 minutes.

Recipe: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/15-minute-chicken-rice-dinner/

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

Kid-Friendly Meals Adults Will Enjoy

Family meal

Why not try some meal ideas adults and kids alike will enjoy? Here are some dinner recipes to get you inspired:

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe serves 4 and takes only 10 minutes to make. Start by stirring Campbell’s soup and picante sauce in a bowl. Add cheese and chicken. Pour this mixture over tortillas, roll them up and place in a microwave-safe dish. Top with the remaining sauce and cover. Microwave for 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve. 

Recipe: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/speedy-chicken-enchiladas/

Total time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4 people

Lasagna

Lasagna

A lasagna can serve up to 12, takes less than an hour to make and will certainly cater to the tastes of all at the dinner table. Feel free to create your own variations. For instance, you can leave out the meat and add veggies instead if you have vegetarians at the table. To start, heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Put ground beef into a skillet and cook over medium-high until browned. Drain the liquid, crumble the beef and set it aside. Combine spaghetti sauce, mushroom gravy, tomato paste, water and oil over heat and stir in the beef. Simmer for 20 minutes. Then, layer noodles and the mixture in a baking dish. Bake for 20 more minutes and voilà – a total of 40 minutes for this easy dinner recipe.

Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/26307/twenty-minute-lasagnaTotal time: 40 minutes

Serves: up to 12 people

Quick Beef Stir-Fry

Beef Stir-Fry

This is an easy dinner recipe for kids if you’ve ever seen one. Heat up Campbell’s beef broth, cornstarch and soy sauce. Prep rice on the side. Add beef to the skillet, cook until brown and push to one side of the skillet. Add vegetables and garlic powder to the other side of the skillet and cook until crisp. Add the broth mixture into the skillet and stir until thick. Pour the beef and soup mixture over rice for a delicious meal. It takes 25 minutes to prep, 20 minutes of cook time and serves 4 people. 

Recipe: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/beef-stir-fry/

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4 people

Use these recipes as a base for dinner ideas for kids. Get creative and add your own ingredients to suit different diets and tastes for everyone in the family. Also, take a minute to check out the Fetch rewards app for additional meal ideas and to use as a space to track your groceries and help you stay organized.