1. GRILLED MEATLOAF BURGERS
Have a kid who swears he doesn’t like meatloaf? Serve up these smoky, satisfying sandwiches and see what he says after he takes a bite. Make grilled meatloaf burgers.
2. ASIAN FISH CAKES
No sneaking in the fish here! These cakes just present cod in a fun, bite-sized way that will encourage even the most stubborn kids to try it. Make Asian fish cakes.
3. BAKED CRISPY CHICKEN FINGERS WITH APPLE FRIES
We’d like to see any kid snub an offering that includes chicken fingers with awesome, new apple fries. Make baked crispy chicken fingers with apple fries.
4. WHITE CASTLE-LIKE SLIDERS
Make your kids super happy by imitating the popular fast-food burgers right in your own kitchen! Make White Castle-like sliders.
Please any picky eater by letting her choose exactly what she wants to put into these quick quesadillas. Make quesadillas.
6. BROOK’S FAMOUS BBQ CHICKEN
This chicken recipe is a favorite from a small upstate NY town — but your kids can enjoy it from anywhere with this easy BBQ recipe! Make Brook’s famous BBQ chicken.
7. HOMEMADE PEPPERONI PIZZA POCKETS
If your kids adore Hot Pockets but you can’t stand buying stuff from the frozen-food aisle, give this version a go — it’s made with fresh pie crust, cheese, and pepperoni, so you know exactly what’s inside. Make homemade pepperoni pizza pockets.
8. GINA NEELY’S CHEESY CORKSCREWS
As if super cheesy mac wasn’t enough to please your picky eater, we throw some crunchy bacon on top for good measure. Make Gina Neely’s cheesy corkscrews.
9. KALE CHIPS
Once your kid tastes these “green potato chips” (between you and us, they’re kale chips) they may never eat real potato chips again! Make kale chips.
10. BROCCOLI CHEESE EMERALD NUGGETS
Your kids will be so excited to see breaded cheese in front of them that they won’t even realize there’s some broccoli tucked in there, too! Make broccoli cheese emerald nuggets.
11. HOMEMADE CHICKEN AND STARS SOUP
Got a sniffly kid sick from school? Ditch the canned soup and whip up a batch of this homemade version, chock full of carrots and chicken. Make homemade chicken and stars soup.
12. WHITE BEAN VEGGIE BURGER
Want to make use of your white bean stock in the pantry? Mash them into burgers to give your family a fiber-, protein-, and vitamin-rich meal! Make white bean veggie burgers.
13. EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA IN A PASTA SAUCE
Load ‘em up on veggies with this sauce that is so good, kids won’t even know it’s healthy. Make eggplant parmigiana in a pasta sauce.
14. ZIGZAG CHICKEN SKEWERS
Kids love fun food, and it doesn’t get much more fun than chicken on a stick (with a couple of extra veggies thrown in)! Make zigzag chicken skewers.
15. VEGETABLE LASAGNA
This recipe is packed with mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, and red peppers — and the freezable leftovers mean that tomorrow night’s dinner will be just as healthy (and easy!). Make vegetable lasagna.
16. SPINACH AND FETA MAC AND CHEESE
Have your past homemade mac and cheese attempts been vetoed by picky eaters? Try this one, which is creamy, greeny, and kid-approved. Make spinach and feta mac and cheese.
17. CINNAMON-SUGAR PULL-APART BREAD
Imagine a cinnamon bun in loaf form, with soft, pillowy sheets of cinnamon-sugar doused dough you can pull apart with your fingers – no need for a knife. Make cinnamon-sugar pull-apart bread.
18. NUT-FREE GRANOLA BARS
Now even kids with allergies can enjoy a granola bar! This nut-free version is the perfect snack to keep kids going all day! Make nut-free granola bars.
19. GLUTEN- AND DAIRY-FREE CHICKEN FINGERS
No gluten, no dairy, no problem! Silvana Nardone’s amazing chicken fingers will surely become a favorite in your kitchen, allergies or no. Make gluten- and dairy-free chicken fingers.
20. GLUTEN-FREE ONION RINGS
Give comfort food the G-free makeover with these lightly battered onion rings. Make gluten-free onion rings.
21. DAIRY-FREE POTATO ALFREDO PASTA
Now your lactose-intolerant kids can indulge in a delicious Alfredo pasta — this dairy-free version is made with cannellini beans and vegan mayo! Make dairy-free potato Alfredo pasta.
22. GLUTEN-FREE TWO-MINUTE MUG BROWNIE
If a gluten allergy has kept your kids from the instant gratification of a microwavable mug cake, this super-fast dessert will change all that! Make gluten-free two-minute brownies.
23. NUT-FREE BUTTERSCOTCH TREATS
Sometimes the sweetest treats are allergy-free! Makeover your usual Rice Krispies treats with butterscotch and white chocolate! Make nut-free butterscotch treats.
24. EGG- AND DAIRY-FREE COCONUT SORBET
Give your kids a tropical vacation from an allergy-filled world with this creamy, coconut-y sorbet! Make egg- and dairy-free coconut sorbet.
25. SPAGHETTI TACOS
Imagine how thrilled your kids will be when the favorite food of iCarly and company presents itself on your dinner table! Make spaghetti tacos.
26. SLOPPY JOES
This messy meal will put a smile on any kid’s face (and the zucchini that you sneak in will make it into his stomach). Make sloppy joes.
27. POTATO NACHOS
You can give your kids a fun, yet healthy dinner with these potassium-rich potatoes loaded up with veggies and cheese. Make potato nachos.
28. BROCCOLI PESTO
This ridiculously yummy chicken and pasta with pesto sauce will catch your kids off-guard — they’ll actually be eating broccoli, too! Make broccoli pesto.
29. SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS
Keep things lean by cooking up thick pork chops. Using a slow cooker (plus whisking up tons of gravy) will keep the meat moist and tender. Make slow cooker pork chops.
30. VIETNAMESE RICE PAPER ROLLS WITH PEANUT SAUCE
A meal that kids can see through — it’s like having X-ray vision at the dinner table! Make Vietnamese rice paper rolls with peanut sauce.
31. SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALL SOUP
A winter twist on the traditional dish. Make spaghetti and meatball soup.
32. SPICY, COZY CHILI BEAN SOUP
There’s nothing better on a chilly afternoon than a warm soup simmering on the stove. Kids will love dipping bread into this hearty recipe that’s sure to become a wintertime staple. Make spicy, cozy chili bean soup.
33. OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN
If you’re not so great at frying chicken, try this version that’s baked in the oven. It ends up crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and eaten clean off everyone’s plates! Make oven-fried chicken.
34. RAINBOW PIZZA
Apparently there’s a delicious pizza, not gold, at the end of a rainbow. Make rainbow pizza.
35. ANGRY BIRDS MINI PIZZAS
Why wait until dinner to entice kids with one of their favorite foods? This handheld version makes a great after-school snack. Make Angry Birds mini pizzas.
36. SWEET POTATO CHIPS
Even the pickiest kids won’t be able to resist the sweet-salty crunch of these healthy potato chips. Make sweet potato chips.
37. CALIFORNIA WALNUT TRAIL MIX
With kids zipping around all the time between school, soccer practice, and sleepovers, it can be hard to fit in a healthy snack. Luckily this protein-filled trail mix recipe is portable, filling, and tasty — guaranteed to keep their energy levels up. Make California walnut trail mix.
38. FRUIT STACK PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH
Instead of serving peanut butter toast with a side of fresh fruit – combine them! Make fruit stack peanut butter sandwiches.
39. SWEET AND STICKY HONEY ROASTED ALMONDS
These roasted almonds have a thick honey coating and a raw sugar crunchy sprinkle. Your kids won’t be able to keep their sticky hands off them during the holidays! Make sweet and sticky honey roasted almonds.
40. CARROT CAKE COOKIES
Kids will think they’re getting an extra-special treat when you hand them these all-natural cookies, made with whole-wheat flour and flax. Make carrot cake cookies.
41. SQUIRMY, WORMY APPLES
Kids love gross things, and this sweet and squirmy worm making its way out of a crunchy apple is no exception. Make squirmy, wormy apples.
42. CARAMEL SURPRISE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Sometimes kids just need a treat after a long day. And peanut butter cookies oozing with warm caramel? Go ahead, let them have two. Make caramel surprise peanut butter cookies.
43. FUN SANDWICHES
Kids will be begging to go to school just to see which designs you’ve packed in their lunchboxes! Make fun sandwiches.
44. SNEAKY ZUCCHINI CHICKEN NUGGETS
Sometimes a little dishonesty is a good thing … your kids will never know they’re gobbling up valuable veggies and protein with this easy weekend lunch idea. Make sneaky zucchini chicken nuggets.
45. EGG SALAD WRAP
One bite of this wrap accented by buttery avocado, and your kid will know: This isn’t a typical egg salad sandwich! Make egg salad wrap.
46. PEANUT BUTTER AND HONEY LEGO SANDWICHES
Your kids will have fun stacking these a for a few minutes before eating them right up! Make peanut butter and honey Lego sandwiches.
47. THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD
Brown-bagging it for lunch? Sweeten the deal for your kids with this chicken salad recipe loaded with fresh roasted chicken and dried cherries. Make the BEST chicken salad.
48. PINTO BEAN DIP WITH PITA AND CARROTS
Give your kids a break from their usual sandwich routines and serve up this healthy lunch, where dipping is part of the fun! Make pinto bean dip with pita and carrots.
49. PANINI WITH ITALIAN MEATS AND MOZZARELLA
Paninis are one of the most versatile, effortlessly fancy meals out there. Let kids pick their own ingredients and watch them gobble it up when it’s ready to eat. Make panini with Italian meats and mozzarella.
50. LAYERED FIESTA RICE SALAD
It’s a party in a cup! Kids will love the ribbons of color so much they won’t even realize they’re eating veggies. Make layered fiesta rice salad.