10 Real Food Dinner Ideas for Kids

Are you looking for real food dinners that your kids will love? I’m sharing 10 kid-approved dinner ideas made with real food that your family is sure to love!

Whether you need dinner ideas for tonight or maybe your kids refuse to eat anything but chicken- I’ve got a ton of those recipes, here– there’s something for everyone in this post! And when you’re done with the 10 ideas I share here… I’ve got loads more dinner ideas for families in the video below!

Dinner Ideas With Kids

Finding dinner ideas that work for the whole family can be a major challenge. I know it was for me, especially with 3 picky eaters and the idea of making ONE meal for the whole family seemed impossible. Using our own meal plans was a game-changer in our family dinners, it’s now something we look forward to!

1. Homemade Nachos

These are super easy to make and it makes the whole family happy.   One of the best things about this easy dinner is that it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and it’s so simple to put together.

Homemade Nachos

2. Tortilla Pizza

Don’t be fooled by this simple recipe, tortilla pizza will knock you off guard! Made with tortillas, sauce, cheese, and all your favorite pizza toppings- these are done in 15 minutes and tastes like a pizza!

Tortilla Pizza!

3. Healthy Baked Fish Nuggets

Want your kids to eat more fish? Check out these healthy fish nuggets made with salmon. Oven-baked until crispy… this recipe is the perfect weeknight meal. Plus these fish nuggets are freezer friendly.

Salmon Nuggets

4. Pizza Pasta Salad

This pizza pasta salad recipe is the perfect quick dinner and school lunch.  You can assemble this meal in minutes and it’s completely customizable.  Win-Win!

Pizza Pasta Salad

5. Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets (copycat Chick-fil-a)

This is definitely a recipe that the whole family will enjoy.  Not only is it delicious, it is also gluten and grain free! So you won’t feel so bad when you are eating these delicious nuggets.

Copy Cat Chick fil A Nuggets

6. Tomato Veggie Soup

Savory Tomato Veggie is perfect with grilled cheese sandwiches for a simple, weeknight dinner.

Savory Tomato Veggie Soup

7. Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

This might be the best spaghetti carbonara recipe you’ll ever make. This classic meal is one where I don’t get any complaints!  I also love this recipe because it’s easy to put together and I have most of the ingredients in my pantry already. If your family likes this one, they’ll also fall for the Spaghetti Bolognese!

Spaghetti Carbonara

8. Easiest Taco Night Ever

Do you love taco night but hate being the last one to sit down with a cold taco on hand?  This recipe is seriously so easy and you will have the tacos ready in no time!

Beef Tacos

9. Pizza Chicken

This is for the pizza-lover in all of us. It’s a low-carb way to have an epic pizza night. This recipe also proves you can make healthy meals that kids will love by recreating their favorite foods

Pizza Chicken

10. Burrito Bowls

What’s better than going out to a restaurant? Making these easy burrito bowls! This recipe is one way to eat Chipotle at home anytime you want. And, it’s one easy dinner idea your family is going to love and want more of. If you want to make it low-carb for the adults, swap regular rice for cauliflower rice.

Chicken Burrito Bowls

There you have it.  10 recipes made with real food that the kids will love!

Bonus! I couldn’t resist sharing one more dinner recipe that your kids are sure to love! Try this tasty one-skillet dinner for the whole family.

Family Dinner Ideas with Real Food – Baked Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

Crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside, this is one meal you’ll want to make often.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Yield: 46 1x
  • Category: Dinner


  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound red-skinned potatoes, about 2 inches in diameter, quartered
  • 8 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca or corn starch
  • 1 2/3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced


  1. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and generously with paprika. In a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm butter. Add the chicken and cook until brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  2. Add onion to the frying pan and stir. Add potato quarters and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables are beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add starch and stir to coat. Gradually mix in the broth. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through, stirring and turning the chicken over occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  5. Mix in the thyme. Adjust seasonings to taste. Divide the chicken and vegetables among 4 warmed plates and serve right away.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 427
  • Sugar: 15.5g
  • Sodium: 1188.7mg
  • Fat: 18.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.5g
  • Fiber: 10.4g
  • Protein: 17.7g
  • Cholesterol: 86.2mg

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About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!