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Kids Dinner Recipes

Welcome your kids home from school with these fun kids dinner recipes, including stromboli, subs, sloppy joes, pigs in a blanket, tortillas, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, calzones, paninis, pitas, patty melts and more.

Open-Faced Hamburgers

Open-Faced Hamburgers

Open-Faced Hamburgers

This kid-friendly recipe is one of my favorites. A Swedish co-worker passed it on to me when we worked together in Iowa.

Toasted PB & Banana Sandwiches

Toasted PB & Banana Sandwiches

Toasted PB & Banana Sandwiches

A sandwich worthy of Elvis himself, this grilled, finger-licking treat may surprise you, too, with its flavor. “I saw the recipe and thought 'no way'…but it's delicious!” &mash;Marian Pickett, Argyle, Wisconsin.

Sesame Hot Dogs

Sesame Hot Dogs

Sesame Hot Dogs

Kids of all ages love these cute, cheese-stuffed hot dogs wrapped in crusty, sesame-seed biscuits. I serve them with bowls of chili, mustard, ketchup…even bean dip or salsa for dipping! —Sue Mackey, Jackson, Wisconsin
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Pepperoni Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Roll-Ups

Here is a fast appetizer recipe that goes over well at my house. Each bite has gooey, melted cheese and real pizza flavor. Try serving them with pizza sauce for dipping. —Debra Purcell, Safford, Arizona

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Make the most of convenient frozen fish sticks with these fun family-pleasing sandwiches from Cherie Durbin. "My mom whipped these up whenever she wanted fish in a hurry," writes the Hickory, North Carolina reader.

Meatball Sandwiches

Meatball Sandwiches

Meatball Sandwiches

These crowd-pleasing sandwiches are great when you're hosting a holiday open house or progressive dinner. Keep the meatballs warm in a slow cooker on your buffet table, and guests can serve themselves as they arrive.

Supreme Bagel Pizzas

Supreme Bagel Pizzas

Supreme Bagel Pizzas

"We used to enjoy pizza bagel bites from the freezer section, but found they weren't filling unless we made quite a few," writes Michel Potter from Caledonia, Michigan. "Now we use whole bagels to prepare a heartier meal that's ready in a jiffy. It's nice that we can each add our favorite toppings."

Creamy Beef Sandwiches

Creamy Beef Sandwiches

Creamy Beef Sandwiches

“This is a quick way to create a sandwich with a special taste,” says Doris Byerly of Mondovi, Wisconsin. The creamy dressing and combination of beef and cheese make them ideal for lunches on the go.

Teddy Bear Sandwiches

Teddy Bear Sandwiches

Teddy Bear Sandwiches

A bear shape is cut out of the top bread slice revealing a special peanut butter filling in these cute sandwiches from our Test Kitchen. Make them ahead or have party guests assemble the sandwiches to their liking.

Open-Faced Meatball Sandwiches

Open-Faced Meatball Sandwiches

Open-Faced Meatball Sandwiches

My husband and I love meatball subs, so I tried to come up with a different version that’s easy to make after a hard day,” Karen Barthel relates from North Canton, Ohio. “The meatballs freeze well, too.”

Chip 'n' Dip Burgers

Chip 'n' Dip Burgers

Chip 'n' Dip Burgers

French onion dip and potato chips top these special hamburgers. They're so delicious, no other toppings are needed!
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