Fun and Easy Dinner Recipes for Cooking with Kids

May 19, 2021

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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Cooking dinner with your kids is a great way to build relationships and memories. Are you looking for ways to incorporate your kids in the cooking at home? Check out these fun and easy dinner recipes for cooking with kids.

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My husband and I both grew up in fast paced homes where we didn’t have a lot of family dinners around the table. When we were married we both agreed to not eat in front of the television, (unless it is a movie night). We also agreed to eat as many dinners together as a family on the nights that we are all at home. 

This has been such a blessing as I have watched some of my children grow into adults, and others still at home with us. We have some great memories eating dinner together as a family. I believe that it has really helped our children grow close to one another and with us. There is just something about eating together that really builds relationships. 

Another thing that was important to us is that we would spend time cooking with our children. This is another way to create strong bonds and memories with your children. 

What are some easy dinner recipes for kids to make?

If you have already taught your kids how to cook some breakfast meals, breakfast for dinner is always a favorite. We also enjoy making homemade pizzas with premade crusts, English muffins or even bagel pizzas. Tacos and burritos are fast and easy. Spaghetti and salad is another easy recipe with some frozen breadsticks.

You will just need to help with the boiling water and browning meat if your children are younger. Your kids can help with sorting ingredients, measuring, stirring and pouring food. 

Check out these fun and easy recipes for cooking with kids:

Easy American Dinner Recipes:

Cheeseburger PastaEasy Family Recipes

Sloppy Joes for Picky

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe Kids LoveCoupon Cravings

Cheesy Baked ZitiOur Home Made Easy 

Chicken Tater Tot Casserole Freezer MealLarge Family Table

different potato meals cooked

Chili Cheese Crescent Dog BakeBest Recipe Box

Hot Dog NuggetsLittle Luna

Ham and Cheddar Crescent Roll UpsRecipe Simple

How to Make the Perfect Grilled CheeseFeeding Littles

Fun and Easy Walking TacosTastes Better from Scratch – now this is one recipe that turned American and kids LOVE it. This is fun for busy nights on the go as well.

Easy International Dinner Recipes:

These recipes will introduce your children to different ethnic foods that are kid favorites! These are all pretty simple to make. Your children can prepare and set out toppings, help with mixing and pouring in many of these recipes. 

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken NachosThe Kitchn

How to Make a Perfect Cheese QuesadillaReal Life Dinner

Kid Friendly Lasagna Roll-UpsTasty Oven

Easy Inexpensive Taco Soup that Kids LoveLittle Sprouts Learning

Oven Baked Meatball SubsHome Cooking Memories

Easy Garlic Toast PizzasThe Lazy Dish

English Muffins Pizzas for KidsAshcroft Family Table

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and RiceSpruce Eats

Easy Aloha Pineapple ChickenLiving Well Mom

Simple and Basic Stir Fry Recipe and Options for Busy FamiliesHeidi Naturally

I love to turn cooking into a learning experience. Your kids can learn cooking terminology and about different foods around the world with these freebies:

Foods Around the World Notebooking Pages


Cooking Terminology Copywork Book

Resources for Learning About Foods Around the World

You may enjoy these other posts about teaching kids how to cook and family dinner time:

How to Teach Your Child to Cook Even If You Don’t

Why It’s Important to Teach Your Kids How to Cook

Family Time: 3 Ways to Connect at the Dinner Table

15 Ways to Eat Better as a Family

A woman standing in front of a pizza

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