10 Kid-Friendly Dinners That Grown Ups Will Love Too

A successful meal is one that everyone eats and enjoys. These recipes will put a smile on your children's faces -- and make the young-at-heart happy too.
07/08/2015 08:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A successful meal is one that everyone eats and enjoys. These recipes will put a smile on your children's faces -- and make the young-at-heart happy too.

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Here's a quick and delicious Spaghetti and Meatball recipe to add to your weeknight repertoire. The meatballs are baked in the oven, which is easier, healthier and neater (no hot oil splattering all over the kitchen) than the typical stovetop frying method. To cut down on the cooking time, you can cheat and use a good quality store bought sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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This is a great chicken dish to add to your repertoire. It's easy enough to make for a quick weeknight dinner but also elegant enough for company. Kids love it -- I think mostly because it bears some resemblance to chicken fingers. GET THE RECIPE

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What child doesn't love breakfast for dinner? Here, my favorite buttermilk pancakes are studded with juicy summer blueberries and topped with a gorgeous blueberry syrup. Don't skip the syrup; it takes only a few minutes to make and is definitely the best part! GET THE RECIPE

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Not only is this dish quick and easy to make -- 25 minutes tops -- the whole family eats it up, broccoli and all. GET THE RECIPE

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Your kids won't even know the juicy burger they're scarfing down is healthier than its beef counterpart. The secret: I've added Italian turkey sausage -- a trick often used with meatballs -- which amps up the flavor and makes these turkey burgers incredibly juicy. GET THE RECIPE

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Forget fish sticks: your kids will flip over this dish. The crunch of the tortilla crust, the soft and flaky white fish within -- this one is sure to become a family favorite. GET THE RECIPE

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Everyone loves taco night. Loaded with veggies, these chicken tacos are a healthier spin on beef tacos -- and they're just as good, if not better. GET THE RECIPE

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Make pizza night a family activity with this recipe. Set out all of the ingredients and the kids can make mini pizzas all by themselves. GET THE RECIPE

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This is my basic, go-to grilled chicken -- perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or cookout -- and so versatile. You can serve the fillets on their own (kids love them), topped with cheese on a toasted bun, chopped up in a quesadilla or, as I often do, sliced over a Greek or Caesar salad. GET THE RECIPE

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In this gourmet twist on chicken tenders, the chicken is breaded in a mixture of pecans and panko, then pan-fried until crispy and golden and served with a creamy whole grain honey mustard sauce. Since the pecans are finely chopped, even kids who think they don't like nuts will try them (and ask for seconds). GET THE RECIPE