Quick Meals for Kids  

Short on time? Whip up one of these kid-approved dinner recipes in less than 15 minutes.

  • Kid-Approved Meals
    Beau Gustafson

    Kid-Approved Meals

    Our panel of kid judges convened to taste super-quick supper recipes, and they had quite a few favorites! Hannah, 6, chose Quick Chicken and Dumplings, BBQ Chicken Pizza was tops for Trent, 9, and pasta-lover Christina, 10, picked Alfredo Sauce (with fettuccine).

  • Alfredo Sauce (with fettuccine)
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Alfredo Sauce (with fettuccine)

    If you have extra time, dress up this simple and creamy pasta dish by stirring in cooked shrimp or chicken and veggies such as peas, broccoli, or red bell pepper strips.
  • Speedy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas
    Beau Gustafson

    Speedy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

    Quick and filling enchiladas received the highest marks from Christina. "These are delicious. I like everything about them--the peppers, the sauce, and the meat." Get creative and substitute lean ground beef, pulled pork, or black beans for the chicken.

  • Quick Chicken and Dumplings

    Quick Chicken and Dumplings

    This creamy one-dish meal cuts the prep time in half by using flour tortillas instead of homemade dumplings. The recipe received the highest marks from all three judges, with Trent commenting that "everything was cooked just right."
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza
    Beau Gustafson

    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    Pizza slathered with barbecue sauce was a pleasant surprise for Trent. "I'm not usually a big fan of barbecue, but this is my favorite!" he said. Christina agreed that she liked the barbecue's sauce, but prefers traditional tomato sauce. Feel free to use your child's favorite sauce when making this pizza.

  • Skillet-Grilled Ham with Glazed Pineapple
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Skillet-Grilled Ham with Glazed Pineapple

    Hannah was all smiles when she sampled this simple grilled ham with pineapple topping. "I like the sweet pineapple! It's good!"
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