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Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes the Whole Family Will Enjoy

10 Easy Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes That Come Together in No Time


Making quick and easy dinner recipes the whole family will love is always a challenge. You need it to be on the table fast. You want it to be healthy. And most of all, you want everyone to have something they'll enjoy. These recipes fit the bill on every score!

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1. BBQ Chicken

BBQ chicken
Stephanie Gallagher

With just five ingredients -- including salt and pepper! -- this barbecued chicken recipe couldn't be easier. And kids love it! Even better: You only have to dirty one dish to make this recipe.

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2. Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher

This baked ziti recipe is comforting, belly-filling, picky eater-appealing, good food. Although it has to bake for 40 minutes, it's a snap to throw together. While it bakes, go throw a football with the kids or toss in a load of laundry.


3. Chicken French Bread Pizza Recipe

Chicken French Bread Pizza
Stephanie Gallagher

Rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese make this pizza recipe a snap to put together. Using French bread in place of pizza dough makes this pizza not only easier to prepare, but if you cut it into bite-sized pieces, it's easier for small children to eat.

See also: Pizza Wrap Sandwiches


4. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Stephanie Gallagher

Let this quick and easy dinner recipe cook in the Crockpot while you go out and have fun with the kids. Everyone will feel relaxed enjoying this family-friendly meal together.

5. Pesto Pizza Recipe

Pesto Pizza
Stephanie Gallagher
A pre-cooked pizza dough makes this pesto pizza recipe a snap to prepare. I like to use fresh mozzarella for this pizza, but feel free to use pre-shredded mozzarella if it's easier. To make this pizza even more gourmet, try using a smoked mozzarella cheese.

6. Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Chicken Quesadillas
Stephanie Gallagher

Leftover cooked chicken (or rotisserie chicken) makes these quesadillas a snap to prepare. This is a terrific last-minute recipe for busy weeknights.

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7. Baked Cod Recipe

Cornflake Crusted Cod
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With just five ingredients, this baked cod recipe is not only a quick and easy dinner recipe, it's also kid-friendly. The crunchy topping has real kid appeal.

8. Hot Dog Chili Recipe

Hot Dog Chili Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher

Like a chili dog in a bowl, this hot dog chili is a real kid-pleasing recipe. And to make it, you just throw everything in a pot and cook!


9. Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

Grilled Chicken
Stephanie Gallagher

This simple grilled chicken recipe takes boneless, skinless chicken breasts, quickly soaks them in a lemon garlic marinade before grilling. You can use an outdoor grill or an indoor contact grill, such as a George Foreman grill (compare prices) for this easy recipe.

10. Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

Pecan Crusted Salmon
Stephanie Gallagher

Healthy salmon is topped with a crunchy honey mustard and pecan coating in this easy 5-ingredient recipe that takes only minutes to prepare. Serve with rice.

See also: 5 Ingredient Recipes You Can Get on the Table Fast!

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