Kids love macaroni and cheese, pizza, and lasagna, but the same old recipe gets boring for kids and adults. Mix things up with reinvented recipes and spins on the traditional and try one of these dishes. Tried and tested by moms, these recipes are sure to become new family favorites — from 30-minute pasta recipes to slow-cooker dishes that take only minutes of prep work. Invite your child into the kitchen to help make one of these quick and easy kid-friendly recipes tonight.
Egg Fried Rice
Leftover rice gets a fun and healthy upgrade with Annabel Karmel's egg fried rice . She says adding chicken, prawns, and vegetables to it "makes a complete meal, and this is a great, quick supper to throw together for all the family — and a great one for using leftovers. It's fun to serve chicken rice in a bowl with some child-friendly chopsticks."
Yogurt Fettuccine Alfredo
You might not think yogurt mixes well with pasta, but this recipe for yogurt fettuccine Alfredo  is wonderfully tasty and also healthy.
Transform lasagna into a savory soup that still has all the tasty ingredients. A Farm Girl's Dabbles shares a recipe for lasagna soup  that will have the whole family licking the bowl clean. Serve with a big, green salad and slices of French bread.
Mexican Pizza Lasagna
Here's a fun spin on lasagna that offers a bit of Mexican flair. This recipe from Peas and Crayons for Mexican pizza lasagna  is seriously easy, which makes it a perfect recipe for inviting your child into the kitchen to help with making dinner.
Spaghetti With Tuna, Lemon, and Bread Crumbs
"This one is great because the pasta and tuna are both pantry staples," says Sarah Carey of Everyday Food. "Families will want to make this meal  because it's easy, delicious, and affordable. Parents can stock up on most of the ingredients when they are on sale."
Cheesy Lasagna Rolls
Instead of layering that lasagna, try a reinvented version by rolling the noodles around a cheesy filling. Check out the easy lasagna roll recipe  from YumSugar.
Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
We know kids love creamy macaroni and cheese, which makes this seriously easy recipe from Culinary Cory  perfect for busy Fall days. Serve with roasted chicken and fresh steamed veggies for a complete meal.
Source: Culinary Cory 
Tangy Sloppy Joes
With only a few ingredients, these sloppy joes from Budget Gourmet Mom  are on the table and ready for noshing after a day of cooking slow and low, thanks to your Crock-Pot. And leftovers do double duty as lunch the next day.
Source: Budget Gourmet Mom 
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Here's a slow-cooker chicken parmesan recipe  from Full Bellies, Happy Kids that will have you coming back for more. This recipe sticks with tradition, using bread-crumb-coated chicken and lots of parmesan cheese for a wonderfully tasty slow-cooker dinner.
Source: Full Bellies, Happy Kids 
Oven-Baked Eggplant Parmesan
You'll love how easy it is to make this quick and easy eggplant parmesan . Instead of frying in a sauté pan, bake the eggplant in the oven for a healthy spin.
You'll forget your favorite takeout's phone number after trying this slow-cooker chicken teriyaki  from Cooking Classy. And this Asian dish has just the right amount of salty and sweet, which results in lots of empty plates.
Source: Cooking Classy 
Warm up any night of the week with a big bowl of slow-cooker chili . And you can tailor this recipe to fit your family by adding different types of beans, using ground turkey instead of the beef, or going vegetarian for a really healthy dinner!
Source: YumSugar 
Corn and Potato Chowder
There's nothing more comforting than a thick bowl of potato soup, and this recipe for corn and potato chowder  from Mama Loves Food is guaranteed to really hit the spot. Add cooked, shredded chicken for extra protein or serve with a big salad for a family-friendly Fall dinner.
Source: Mama Loves Food 
Slow-Cooker Pizza Pasta
Who said you can't make pizza in a slow cooker? Simple Organized Living shares this recipe for slow-cooker pizza pasta  that takes all of your lil one's favorites and simmers them together into one amazing dish.
Source: Simple Organized Living 
Mummy's Pot Noodles
Ramen noodles are a kiddie favorite because they're quick and tasty, but the prepackaged versions aren't exactly healthy with all of that sodium loaded into their spice packets. Annabel Karmel says: "It only takes a few minutes to make your own , and it's fun to serve them in a cup. You can add different vegetables or chicken to make this more hearty. It would also make a good snack after school."
Instead of using lasagna noodles, stuff shells with lasagna filling for a fun family dinner. Get the easy reinvented lasagna recipe  from Living Like the Kings.
Chile Colorado Burritos
Feeling like Mexican? Here's a recipe for slow-cooker burritos  from Food Pusher that will definitely spice up any night of the week. Full of flavor and melty cheese, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.
Source: Food Pusher 
The Easiest Dinner Ever
Really, this is the easiest dinner ever — and it's totally versatile. From The Larson Lingo, here's a recipe for a seriously tasty slow-cooker chicken dish  that you can serve over rice, fold into tacos, or toss over pasta.
Source: The Larson Lingo 
Love lasagna but not all the prep work? Make it simple by letting your slow cooker do all the work. Simply layer your ingredients and let it simmer all day for an easy lasagna dinner . And you can easily tailor the recipe by adding your family's favorite lasagna ingredients.
Source: So Says Sarah... 
Slow-Cooker Turkey Meatballs With Spaghetti
These tender turkey meatballs  simmer all day for a tasty spaghetti dinner the whole family will love. And Mommy Hates Cooking shows you how easy it is with simple step-by-step directions.
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Spicy Citrus Grilled Shrimp
Kelsey Banfield's The Naptime Chef  specializes in quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in about as long as it takes a tot to nap. Her spicy citrus grilled shrimp  "can easily be prepared at any time during the day and grilled up in no time for dinner."
Whole Wheat Pretzel Cutlets
When Louisville, KY, chef Levon Wallace heads home to his two kids, he knows that his gourmet offerings from Proof on Main  take far too long to prepare for a weeknight dinner. His solution is a turkey cutlet  that uses one of the tots' favorite snacks and takes less than a half hour to prepare. It's so tasty that his restaurant staff even ask for it!
Turkey Sliders With Baked Potato Wedges
Dinnertime may be a rush, but it's a great time to bring kids into the kitchen. In this month's Everyday Food , Sarah Carey shares a recipe that kids can easily lend a hand in making: "Give burgers and 'fries' a healthier, more kid-friendly spin by baking them in the oven (no spattering grease!). Just make sure a grown-up handles the pans."
Mexican Skillet Casserole
The most-requested recipe on Amanda Haas's site, this Mexican skillet casserole  is bound to become a family favorite. Filled with rice, cheese, and beans, it can easily be eaten on its own or rolled up in a burrito.
Vegan Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Go with a healthy option for a spin on the traditional juicy patty with a vegan black bean burger . Packed with healthy grains and protein, this burger is topped with vegan cheese, and kids will love the hint of spice.
Source: YumSugar 
Rosemary Chicken Under a "Brick"
Skip the chicken nuggets and serve up some old-fashioned chicken thighs for dinner. Jessica Seinfeld says this rosemary chicken under a "brick"  is an all-time family favorite because it is "crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside." We bet the kids will fall in love with the flavorful dish — Jessica says it's a mainstay in the Seinfeld household — and Mom and Dad will love that the whole dish only takes 25 minutes!
Stuffed Butternut Squash
Here's a hearty dish that's stuffed with cheese and vegetables and topped with melty cheese. Stuffed butternut squash  is also healthy and filling main dish.
Whether you're part of a vegan family, you go with meatless Monday at home, or you're simply trying to get the kids to eat less meat, seitan is a great option. Made from wheat, it can be sautéed and crumbled up to look just like ground beef. Weelicious's Catherine McCord's seitan taco recipe  takes only 25 minutes to make, and "when mixed with spices it's pretty incredible — you may even fool some die-hard meat eaters you know!"
Simply Super Salmon Teriyaki
We can't stress the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids enough. The healthy fats — found in oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna, and mackerel — optimize messaging between nerve cells in the brain, keeping the brain functioning properly. Getting kids to eat the nutrient-rich foods isn't a fight when it is well seasoned. Annabel Karmel says, "My children and I all love Japanese food, and it is well worth investing in bottles of sake and mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine), as you will want to make this salmon teriyaki  over and over again!"
Chicken Lo Mein
Here's a recipe  from Iowa Girl Eats that's wonderfully easy as well as tasty. Follow the simple steps for dinner success in less than 30 minutes. And you can totally invite your kids into the kitchen to help make this dinner.
Source: Iowa Girl Eats 
Easy Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are a staple in many mamas' arsenals. They're easy, the kids like them, and they don't take much thinking — and that's a good thing, because you probably don't want to know what's in the store-bought version. Weelicious's Catherine McCord's easy chicken nugget recipe  only takes 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook — and you know all of the ingredients. She says she likes to "make a huge batch and keep them in the freezer for future meals, so not only do they save on the expense of boxed nuggets but also the time it takes to go to the grocery to buy them."
Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
If your kids love mac and cheese, then this dish is sure to make them seriously happy. From Chaos in the Kitchen, this recipe's ingredients  are simmered together in one pot. Serve with a big side of steamed broccoli, and the kid-friendly dish is all grown-up.
Source: Chaos in the Kitchen 
Baked Chicken Nuggets
What kid doesn't like chicken nuggets? Skip the freezer versions and try Sarah Carey's baked version that appeared in the April issue of Everyday Food.
"Chicken nuggets are a classic kid meal, but adults love them, too," says Sarah. "These nuggets are baked , so you can enjoy them guilt-free. A three-step breading method — coating chicken pieces in flour, egg, and bread crumbs — seals in moisture and gives a crisp crunch without a lot of added fat."
Marinated Beef With Vegetables
Beef doesn't have to be an all-day affair. Annabel Karmel says: "This delicious, quick, and easy-to-prepare beef stir-fry  is bound to become a family favorite. It makes a great all-in-one meal."
In the September issue of Everyday Food, Sarah Carey reminisces about her Aunt Colleen's tasty beef tacos . Sarah says, "The secret is in the filling: using a few bold flavors and zesty spices is just as easy as tossing in some store-bought seasoning packet and way more delicious! Now I make them for my kids on special occasions — like Monday-night dinner."
Pork and Mango Stir-Fry
Meals that can be prepped in the morning and then quickly cooked at dinnertime are ideal for families juggling after-school activities. This pork and mango stir-fry  from Amanda Haas and Cooking Light — which can also be made with chicken breasts — can be prepped before everyone heads off for work and school in the morning and then cooked in just 10 minutes!
Cheesy Chicken Taquitos
"I love taquitos, but most of the time when you find them, either at a fast food chain or your local Mexican restaurant, they're deep fried to make them extra crispy and give them that great fried flavor," Weelicious's Catherine McCord says. "They're delicious, but I was intent on making an equally appealing yet healthier version." And that she did. In her forthcoming Weelicious: One Family. One Meal  (currently available for preorder), Catherine shares her cheesy chicken taquito recipe , which when served up with an avocado sauce for dipping, is a healthy (and tasty) alternative to the frozen and restaurant versions.
Mozzarella and Tomato Panini
Michael Chiarello's daughter Gianna and her friends loved these golden-brown grilled sandwiches  as kids. He would make them on Saturdays while they were swimming or playing and cut them into small triangles for easy eating.
OK, so this recipe technically takes an hour, but it is perfect for busy moms. No-Work Chicken  involves very little work at all, and the results look delicious. (According to Weelicious's Catherine McCord, "not just another chicken recipe, this one immediately earned a distinguished place in our dinner rotation.") When the kids are getting ready for school, whip up the marinade and soak the chicken breasts all day. When everyone gets home, simply place the breasts in the oven and bake. That's all it takes!
The Iowa Burger
The Iowa Girl Eats put this cheeseburger  together to showcase two of Iowa's quintessential flavors — bacon and sweet corn. The two work together to create a sweet and savory cheeseburger that offers tons of juicy flavor.
Source: Iowa Girl Eats 
Every-Week Roast Chicken
Roast chicken  sounds like a time-consuming meal, but as Sarah demonstrates on Everyday Food with Sarah Carey, it's easier and faster than you think.
"Every week, I make a roast chicken," says Sarah. "Five minutes of prep and an hour of twiddling my thumbs results in the most delicious dinner, plus plenty of leftovers (at least while my kids are still small) to use in soups, sandwiches, and more in the days that follow." When paired with Sarah's smashed potatoes , it's a winning weeknight recipe.
Stuffed Cheese Bread With Herbs
Make a big grilled cheese perfect for taking to a BBQ or feeding the whole family with this ooey-gooey recipe  from Stacy Snacks. Serve with a fresh salad or roasted chicken, and dinner is ready! If you can't find arugula at your grocery store, then swap with spinach.
Source: Stacy Snacks 
Cheeseburger Pizza Pie
Instead of popping that juicy burger on a roll, try this inventive recipe from BlogChef for cheeseburger pizza . This easy family dinner can be topped with your favorite burger toppings for a really unique meal.
Source: BlogChef 
Instead of spending all that time making perfect lasagna layers, this quick and easy skillet lasagna recipe  cooks in one pot, making it a family-friendly weeknight dinner.
Vegetarian Spaghetti and Meatballs
This wonderfully easy and simply delicious dish uses premade vegetarian meatballs, making dinner a snap. From Bohemian Kate, this recipe  will surely become a new family favorite!
Source: Bohemian Kate 
There are few families that don't love pizza night! It's always fun to sit around the table and chat it up over a few slices, but sometimes it needs a lil shake-up. Weelicious's Catherine McCord's pizza balls  are the perfect way to incorporate veggies into the pizza-night routine. She says: "When these pizza balls are piping hot, the little spheres pull apart to reveal gooey melted cheese and whatever toppings you can think of to put inside. They're great for dinner, to put in the lunch box, or even for when you need an afternoon snack that will sate your kids without stuffing them before dinner."
Getting kids to try fish can be tricky, but just read the ingredients in Amanda Haas and Cooking Light's parmesan-crusted tilapia , and you know it is something your kids will love. Amanda says it tastes great on its own or served in fish tacos for kids who love to build things!
Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers
If your kids love hamburgers, it's time to introduce them to the burger's fun new cousin. Weelicious's Catherine McCord replaces the beef in the traditional patty with ground chicken and then jazzes it up with some fresh herbs from the garden to create Middle Eastern chicken burgers . "By incorporating some curry, garlic powder, fresh parsley, and mint into the ground chicken and sauce, you give the ordinary burger a huge burst of unforgettable flavors." She says her family enjoys them off the bun as much as on!
Crisper Drawer Pasta
With four daughters running around her home, Melissa d'Arabian knows about the chaos that can occur at dinnertime. The Food Network host and author of Ten Dollar Dinners  also knows that busy moms can't always remember what's hiding in the corners of the refrigerator. That's how she came up with Crisper Drawer Pasta , a quick and productive weeknight meal — the whole recipe can be made in 30 minutes — that helps use up everything in the crisper drawer.
Easy Baked Crunchy Honey Cornflake Chicken
Try your hand at making your own chicken tenders with this recipe  for healthful baked chicken from Ambitious Kitchen. These taste better than anything you'd get from a fast-food joint. The honey adds a sweet flavor that pairs well with the tender chicken. Serve it with your tot's favorite dipping sauce.
Source: Ambitious Kitchen 
Couscous Salad With Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Mint
On weeknights, every minute counts, and if Mom and Dad don't need to turn on the stove, that's precious moments saved! Jessica Seinfeld's couscous salad with chickpeas, tomatoes, and mint  doesn't require any oven time, as it simply uses hot tap water for making the couscous. Packed with protein and flavor, Jessica says, "it's also perfect the next day for a brown-bag lunch."
Weeknight Cobb Salad
When it comes to creating a quick and healthy weeknight meal for his 4-year-old daughter, Lydia, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson turns to an all-American classic — the chef salad . Not only is it quick, but it is also full of bright colors and various food groups. "This is something we make with Lydia once a week," he says. "[It's] quick to put together. She helps put it together, and it's a complete meal full of all sorts of different textures."
For dessert, Michael Chiarello says there's nothing better, or faster, than a fresh chocolate panini . An indulgence for sure, this combination of thick-cut bread, bittersweet chocolate, and crème fraîche can easily become a family favorite — plus it's fun for the kids to make once dinner is done!
Hearty Roasted Tomato Soup
We know grilled cheese and tomato soup is just about the best food pairing ever, so why not put them together in the same dish? Amy's Cooking Adventures shares a hearty and healthy recipe  that will leave your family with empty bowls.
Source: Amy's Cooking Adventures 
Mexican Stuffed Shells
Mix Mexican with Italian and stuff some shells with a flavorful filling made from ground beef and cheese. This recipe  is very easy and is sure to become a family favorite; just serve it with fresh salsa and a dollop of sour cream.
Source: The Way to His Heart 
Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes
That's right: combine the best of both worlds with savory spaghetti and meatball cupcakes! This inventive recipe  from Wilde in the Kitchen takes the basic dish to a new level with the help of a muffin tin.
Source: Wilde in the Kitchen 
Katie Lee's Award-Winning Burger
Former Top Chef hostess Katie Lee won the judges over at the 2008 Burger Bash with this grilled cheeseburger combo. Instead of a big soft bun, toast this tasty cheeseburger melt  for a really juicy burger.
Source: YumSugar 
BBQ Chicken Burgers
Instead of traditional ground beef, try this flavorful recipe for chicken burgers  from Eclectic Recipes. These burgers cook best on an indoor grill or a frying pan and are wonderfully tender and flavorful.
Source: Eclectic Recipes 
Stuffed Hatch Chili Burgers
Why not double down on the cheese by stuffing your next burgers? Here's a recipe for stuffed cheeseburgers  from Confessions of a Foodie Bride that will have the whole family asking for seconds. If your kids aren't fans of green chilies, you can swap them for red or green peppers.
Source: Confessions of a Foodie Bride 
Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole
This casserole totally hits the spot. With hamburger, cheese, and french fries baked right in, this cheeseburger casserole  from Lauren's Kitchen is serious comfort food.
Source: Lauren's Kitchen 
Chicken With Pepperoni Marinara Sauce
This dish is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. From Sweet Treats & More, this recipe  takes all the things your kids love — cheese, pepperoni, crispy chicken — and bakes them up in one dish in less than 30 minutes.
Source: Sweet Treats & More 
30-Minute Italian Lemon Chicken Sauté
This quick, easy, and light chicken dish  from A Year at the Table is wonderfully versatile and can be served with rice or pasta. With lots of bright lemon flavor, this dish is a perfect dinner any time of year.
Source: A Year at the Table 
30-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
You might think there is no way this bubbling casserole  can be ready in 30 minutes, but according to The Slow Roasted Italian, the dish is ready to eat after a short prep and a quick 15-minute bake in the oven.
Source: The Slow Roasted Italian 
Matzo Grilled Cheese
There's something so wonderfully tasty about crisp crackers and melty cheese. YumSugar shares this simple recipe  using matzo and herbs that will have your family asking for more.
Source: YumSugar 
There's nothing like a big plate of savory chicken that's full of flavor. This recipe for sesame chicken  from Big Bears Wife is on the table in less time than it takes to order takeout from your favorite Asian restaurant. And it just might taste better.
Source: Big Bears Wife 
Panfried Chicken With Bell Pepper Ragout
This nice and light recipe from YumSugar  is easy to make and includes fresh and flavorful red peppers. Not sure if your kids will like it? Try pureeing the vegetables to create a tasty red sauce for drizzling over the chicken.
Photo: Lauren Hendrickson
Spaghetti Squash and "Meatballs"
Here's a dish that's seriously healthy but sure doesn't taste like it! Shared from Sprint 2 the Table, this recipe uses spaghetti squash  as the base for tofu-lentil meatballs.
Source: Sprint2theTable 
Mini Ravioli With Fresh Tomatoes
There's nothing like a dinner that's so easy to make you don't even really need to measure. Kids love pasta, and this quick and easy dish  uses fresh tomatoes to kick things up to the next level. If your little one isn't a big tomato fan, swap them with sliced mushrooms — or whatever her favorite veggie is.
Source: Baby Baby Lemon 
Instead of ordering takeout, try making this homemade chicken pizza tonight for a real family-friendly treat. From YumSugar, this recipe  is easier than you think and masks tomatoes with a lot of cheese and fresh flavor. Leave out the jalapeño if your kids aren't into spice.
Source: YumSugar 
This is one of the easiest recipes around and wonderfully versatile. Make it ahead, bake a double batch, and freeze one for later, or lighten up this recipe  from Cocoa Pie by serving it with a dinner salad. Swap plain tortillas with whole wheat for an extrahealthful meal.
Source: Cocoa Pie 
Grilled Cheese Casserole
Take the stress out of making stacks of grilled cheese sandwiches to feed your crowd with this casserole  from Silvana's Kitchen. Gluten-free? No problem! Just swap the traditional white bread with your favorite gluten-free brand, just like Silvana did!
Source: Silvana's Kitchen 
Cheesy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
Here's a Fall casserole that has been pinned over and over with comments declaring it one of the tastiest and most kid-friendly dishes around. From Picky Palate, this recipe  combines creamy cheese, flavorful chicken, and healthful wild rice.
Source: Picky Palate 
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
I don't think anyone can resist a big bowl of this soup! From Iowa Girl Eats, this flavorful soup  is a perfect comfort meal. Serve it with a big salad and garlic bread, and you're guaranteed empty bowls.
Source: Iowa Girl Eats 
Spaghetti and Meatball Potpies
From Plain Chicken, this recipe  is sure to make the whole family happy. Bake the potpies in ramekins and then flip for a really special presentation.
Source: Plain Chicken 
Grilled Cheese Eggs
Who says grilled cheese has to be on toast? These tasty grilled cheese eggs are so much fun and seriously tasty. From Family Chic, this recipe  is so easy and absolutely inventive. Serve the cheesy eggs with a salad or as an appetizer.
Source: Family Chic 
Weeknight Spaghetti and Meatballs
Tired of all the steps for making spaghetti and meatballs? Christine's Cuisine makes things easy by cooking the entire meal in one pot. Follow this simple recipe  for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Source: Cristine's Cuisine 
Turkey Pineapple Meatballs
Toss in a different flavor beyond basic marinara with a tangy pineapple sauce. Your family will think they've been transported to a Hawaiian barbecue while enjoying this dish . And the recipe is totally kid-friendly, so get the kids in the kitchen and start cooking!
Source: Sarah Lipoff
Grilled Cheese Panzanella Salad
Toss things up with this grilled cheese salad  from Panini Happy that is both healthy and tasty. And your kids can get in the kitchen and help make this easy salad, which is perfect as a light vegetarian dinner or lunch.
Source: Panini Happy 
Turkey Cheese Waffles
Grilled cheese waffles? Why not? Turn the basic waffle into grilled cheese goodness with this recipe  from So Says Sarah. Perfect any time of day, this twist on the basic grilled cheese is sure to become your tot's favorite!
Source: So Says Sarah 
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Don't be afraid: this pulled pork may look like it took tons of time and effort, but thanks to the Fearless Homemaker's easy directions  — and the help of your slow cooker — your family can enjoy a pulled-pork dinner with hardly any fuss or muss.
Source: Fearless Homemaker