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The best family dinner ideas for kids

These delicious family dinner ideas from some of our favorite food bloggers will keep the whole family happy!

Yum! These tasty family dinner ideas from bloggers like Oh, Sweet Basil, Teach Eat Love and One Hungry Mama will have your little ones rushing to the table (and finishing their plates without a fuss)! Be sure to explore our favorite recipes for kids from NYC restaurants, our 50 favorite family restaurants in NYC and top it all off with a cone from one of these sweet ice cream shops.

Photograph: Courtesy Anne Myer
1/13

Eat Your Veggies Pasta Salad

“Kids won't eat veggies? Try making dinner fun with animal shaped pasta! Cut your vegetables up small so they're a little harder to pick out, get some cute pasta, make a quick dressing, and dinner is served! Fill it out with a rinsed can of beans or some leftover shredded chicken. Toss your salad in mason jars and have a family picnic dinner outside!” —Anne Myer, Teach Eat Love

Find the recipe here from Teach Eat Love.

Photograph: Courtesy Anne Myer
2/13

Sweet Potato Fettuccine with Sausage

“This recipe is a great twist on rich, heavy fettuccine al fredo with a sauce made from roasted sweet potatoes. It might sound odd, but sweet potatoes, sage, and cinnamon make a fantastic savory-sweet base that convinced my anti-sweet potatoes kid that they're actually pretty awesome.” —Anne Myer, Teach Eat Love

Find the recipe here from Teach Eat Love.

Photograph: Courtesy Anne Myer
3/13

Spaghetti Squash and Red Sauce 

“This is my go-to easy dinner in the winter. It's so simple to make, and everyone in my family loves it. Added bonus: it's gluten-free.” —Anne Myer, Teach Eat Love

Find the recipe here from Teach Eat Love.

Photograph: Courtesy Anne Myer
4/13

Savory Waffles

 “Waffles for dinner? What kid doesn't want to hear that? I love using kid favorites to get my children to try new foods, and this recipe is no exception. My daughter was skeptical of fresh herbs until she tried these savory waffles with chives, topped with a fried egg, and thinly sliced radishes. It's a quick dinner that's fun.” —Anne Myer, Teach Eat Love

Find the recipe here from Teach Eat Love.

Photograph: Courtesy Anne Myer
5/13

Perfect Roast Chicken

“I usually hate it when people use the word "perfect" to describe recipes, but sometimes something is really perfect: this chicken is one of those times. It's a simple, fool-proof recipe for a classic, family meal.” —Anne Myer, Teach Eat Love 

Find the recipe here from Teach Eat Love.

Photograph: Courtesy Oh Sweet Basil
6/13

Chicken Souvlaki

“The name is tricky to pronounce but it's just a super easy marinade for grilled chicken skewers that the whole family loves! Serve it up with roasted potatoes and salad for a healthy and delicious meal!”  —Carrian Cheney, Oh, Sweet Basil

Find the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Photograph: Courtesy Oh Sweet Basil
7/13

Carne Asada Tacos

“We love Taco Tuesday especially when it involves juicy, marinated steak tacos!” —Carrian Cheney, Oh, Sweet Basil

Find the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Photograph: Courtesy Oh Sweet Basil
8/13

Sweet Pork

"All year long we like to bust out our slow cooker for this sweet pork that's perfect for sandwiches, tacos, burritos and even on salads!” —Carrian Cheney, Oh, Sweet Basil

Find the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Photograph: Courtesy Oh Sweet Basil
9/13

Chicken Parmesan Subs

“It's chicken, carbs and cheese, what isn't to love? Plus you wont believe how easy the chicken is to make with our shortcuts.” —Carrian Cheney, Oh, Sweet Basil 

Find the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Photograph: Courtesy Oh Sweet Basil
10/13

French Dip in the Slow Cooker

“There's nothing better than throwing everything into a slow cooker, letting it do all of the work and ending up with awesomeness for dinner! We love this juicy French dip sandwich!” —Carrian Cheney, Oh, Sweet Basil

Find the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

Photograph: Courtesy Stacie Billis
11/13

Turkey Taco Salad 

“It can be hard to serve salad for dinner when you have kids at the table, but the right salad not only works, but it can also get kids to give salad a chance. This salad is totally reconstructible so that the salad averse can have what is basically a taco dinner—or anything in between. My little one eats every thing separately, scooping up turkey and fixings with tortilla chips. My older son does the same, but with salad on the side, and I eat it just like this, in a big, hearty salad that easily fills me up for dinner.” —Stacie Billis, One Hungry Mama

Find the recipe here (and video here) from One Hungry Mama.

Photograph: Courtesy Stacie Billis
12/13

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja 

“With the right recipe—which isn’t always easy to find—the slow cooker is a busy family cook’s best friend. And this is as right a slow cooker recipes as I’ve found (or developed!). Full of flavor and low in fat, this healthier twist on traditional Cuban Ropa Vieja is an easy, flavorful weeknight meal that needs nothing more than a pile of rice with some frozen green peas thrown in and a side of sliced avocado.” —Stacie Billis, One Hungry Mama

Find the recipe here from One Hungry Mama.

Photograph: Courtesy Stacie Billis
13/13

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo 

“There’s nothing more satisfying that taking a decadent sometimes meal and making it an everyday possibility. This lighter version of alfredo sauce is not only totally delicious, but comes together in a pan, one, two, three. Then add cooked pasta, toss and serve. It’s truly a weeknight lifesaver, which is why my family eats it all the time!” —Stacie Billis, One Hungry Mama

Find the recipe here (and video here) from One Hungry Mama.

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