31 Kid-Friendly Meals For Any Time of Day
Sometimes it's tricky finding a recipe the whole family will love. Everyone's got their own opinions about what they like and don't like, not to mention you might have some picky eaters on your hands! Don't worry, we've got you. Whether your kids want to help make the meal or you have to whip up something super quick, we've got recipes you'll want to bookmark. Ahead, you'll find more than 30 ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that the whole family will not just love but also be excited to eat. Keep reading to see them all — and start cooking!
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is great on a cool day when you want something comfortable or any day that your little one isn't feeling great.
Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef
This creamy shells and beef is so easy to put together in your Instant Pot, and kids love that it's like Hamburger Helper (but better)!
Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese
If you've got kids who love mac and cheese but don't love veggies, try this Instant Pot creamy broccoli mac and cheese recipe to sneak some broccoli into their meal.
Ground Beef Tacos
Taco night is always a fun one! Start with this ground beef taco recipe, and set up toppings stations in your kitchen so your kids can build their own meals.
Why not combine two kid-favorite recipes into this cheeseburger pizza? This is a fun dish the whole family will love.
You'll love this cheeseburger casserole because it is super easy to make and appeals to the whole family. Bonus: this meal comes together all in one pan, so cleanup will be a breeze!
Crock-Pot Egg Casserole
This Crock-Pot egg casserole is perfect for busy mornings. It'll start your kids' days with a well-rounded breakfast.
For a sweeter start to the day, make your kids these baked apples. It's a fun spin on oatmeal that your children will love! And you'll love that they're getting an extra serving of fruit.
Instant Pot Steel-Cut Oats
This steel-cut oats recipe is perfect for your busiest mornings. You can make it in 10 minutes, and your little ones can top their own bowls with whatever fruit they want.
Baked Breakfast Potatoes
Your kids will love having their own personal baked breakfast potato to themselves.
If you and your family are having an extraspecial morning (maybe on a holiday or a birthday), you definitely need an extraspecial breakfast. These Nutella-stuffed pancakes are super indulgent and perfect for those mornings.
When your kids want a burger but you want soup, you need a happy medium. That's when you make this cheeseburger soup. It's got the flavors to suit everyone in the family.
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Pizza
Pile all the breakfast must haves onto a bagel for this sausage, egg, and cheese bagel pizza. Just by calling it a pizza, you'll probably get your kids excited to eat it.
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole
This sloppy joe tater tot casserole combines a lot of your child's favorite things: tater tots, cheese, and hamburger!
Cheeseburger sliders are perfect for little hands, and you can make a whole pan of these all at once.
Teriyaki Baked Chicken Tenders
Rather than reaching for overprocessed foods from the freezer section, make your family these teriyaki baked chicken tenders from scratch.
If you have a pasta-loving family, whip up this sausage pasta for them. If your kid loves red sauce, let them know this creamy dish has the same kind of flavors!
French Dip Sliders
Want a different kind of slider? Mix it up with this french dip version that you can make in an Instant Pot. They come together quickly and are miniature size for your mini me.
Throw all your favorite ingredients into a pot for this meatball soup. It's the perfect easy dish for a busy evening when you don't want to spend a long time figuring out what to make and have some veggies you need to get out of your fridge.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Your kids will love this buffalo chicken pizza — it's a combination of pizza and wings! Just be sure to adjust the spiciness based on what makes the most sense for your family's palate.
Baked Chicken Parmesan
This baked chicken parmesan can be paired with whatever pasta shape is your kids' favorite. Maybe it's spaghetti, or maybe it's bow ties!
Regular lasagna in a casserole dish is so overrated! Try this lasagna soup with your family to see how they like it instead.
For busy mornings, make these breakfast burritos that you can wrap up in a paper towel for your kids to eat quickly.
Leave the canned pasta for another night! Your kids will love when you make your own homemade Spaghettios.
Why order a pizza when you can make this skillet pizza in just 10 minutes? It's fast, it's easy, and your kids will devour it.
Classic Beef and Noodles
This classic beef and noodles recipe is the hearty dish that would be perfect for a night in with everyone around the table.
Chili Cheese Dogs
Make the whole family's chili cheese dogs at once with this recipe. And if you've got picky eaters, just reserve a few plain hot dogs.
Creamy Chicken Casserole
This creamy chicken casserole recipe works for whatever cuts of chicken your kids are into. You could even use boneless breasts, if that's what your family prefers.
Chicken Pesto Pizza Rolls
These chicken pesto pizza rolls are a great Saturday lunch, especially if your kids have friends over to play. You can make a batch to feed the whole crew.
Denver Omelet Breakfast Sandwich
They'll get a well-rounded breakfast with these Denver omelet breakfast sandwiches, including eggs, cheese, meat, and veggies!
Instant Pot Pot Roast With Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
You have your entire meal in one place with this Instant Pot pot roast with mashed potatoes. All you need is a veggie on the side!