20 Kid-Approved Recipes for Dinner, Breakfast and Dessert

Picky eaters don't stand a chance against these yummy, easy-to-make, kid-approved dishes, like fluffy pancakes, pizza pockets, mac 'n' cheese -- even green eggs and ham! Check out our most popular kids' recipes that the whole family will enjoy!
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Picky eaters don't stand a chance against these yummy, easy-to-make, kid-approved dishes, like fluffy pancakes, pizza pockets, mac 'n' cheese -- even green eggs and ham! Check out our most popular kids' recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These three-step pizza handhelds are an ultimate kid favorite. Bonus! They're one of our budget recipes, so they're easy and inexpensive to make.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

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BLT Mac n Cheese

Goodbye, artificial coloring! Mineral-rich turmeric gives our mac n cheese that familiar neon glow -- and it's natural. Also, an extra buck will buy you nitrite-free all-beef hot dogs. Swap these in for the bacon and you've got a great kid-friendly dish.

BLT Mac n Cheese

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Pigs in Ponchos

You can't go wrong with tortilla-wrapped franks and beans. Yum-O!

Pigs in Ponchos (Tortilla-Wrapped Franks and Beans)

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Spinach and Ricotta with Shells

This is a dish Steve's wife, Michelle, adapted from a recipe by Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan. "My kids and I crave it on a year-round basis," he says. "Michelle loves to use Italian sheep's milk or water buffalo milk ricotta, but when it's unavailable at my cheese counter, she doesn't hesitate to use plain old supermarket ricotta."

Spinach and Ricotta with Shells

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Chicken Potpie Bowls

It's hard to believe this dish is gluten- and dairy-free! Serve it with a side salad of mixed greens and halved grape tomatoes.

Chicken Potpie Bowls

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Cherry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

The perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and chewy -- with the added bonus of fiber-filled oats and protein-packed pecans!

Cherry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

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Fluffy Pancakes with Syrup

These super fluffy pancakes will be gobbled up at this breakfast table before you can get down your first cup o' joe!

Fluffy Pancakes with Syrup

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Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Strips

These chicken strips are almost too easy to make, and kids will love 'em.

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Strips

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Go Green Giant Calzone

Spinach is at the heart of this pizza-parlor special.

Go Green Giant Calzone

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Tex-Mex Tacos

Make taco night extra fun by setting up a taco bar with all the fixings so each family member can pick and choose their toppings!

Tex-Mex Tacos

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Basic Grilled Cheese

It might be basic, but it's still a major crowd pleaser. Find out 9 ways to put a twist on this dish!

Basic Grilled Cheese

9 Ways to Make Grilled Cheese

Green Eggs and Ham

"I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am!" And we so do like Dr. Seuss!

Green Eggs and Ham

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Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Swap French fries for these roasted sweet 'n' crunchy treats -- your kids won't even miss the fried ones!

Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

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Peanut Butter Poodle Pancakes

Make mornings more fun and try this nutty twist on breakfast.

Peanut Butter Poodle Pancakes

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Pizza Cobbler

Up the veggies by swapping pepperoni for thawed frozen broccoli.

Pizza Cobbler

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Chocolate-Banana Melts

Nutella and banana sandwiches? Picky eaters don't even stand a chance.

Chocolate-Banana Melts

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Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad

This tuna salad is easy to throw together and skips mayonnaise, so it's a healthier spin on the classic dish.

Not-Your-Mama’s Tuna Salad

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Birthday Pancakes

These sprinkled treats are the perfect birthday morning breakfast.

Birthday Pancakes

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Pizza Pockets

These pockets are a delicious fave, and are easily nitrite- and nitrate-free!

Pizza Pockets

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Buddy Valastro's Easy Gnocchi

Buddy Valastro may be known for TLC's The Cake Boss, but this chef has a savory side too! Here he is in the kitchen cooking up an Italian favorite, Cheese and Potato Gnocchi with a kid-friendly recipe. What's his secret ingredient for this recipe? Lots of little helpers!

BUDDY VALASTRO

Learn how to make Buddy's Easy Gnocchi with your kids!