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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.

Turtle Wiches

Turtle Wiches

Turtle Wiches

Little children are usually fascinated with outdoor creatures and insects. So I served sandwiches shaped and decorated to resemble turtles for a party I gave to welcome my new baby nephew. A delicious ham filling bakes right inside the biscuit dough. -Kendra Barclay, De Kalb, Illinois

Southwestern Hot Dogs

Southwestern Hot Dogs

Southwestern Hot Dogs

"Plain hot dogs are dressed up with an appealing Tex-Mex flavor in this recipe," reports Marion Stanley of Joseph, Oregon. "I made these stuffed hot dogs for my kids when they were young and later for my grandchildren."

Tuna Schooners

Tuna Schooners

Tuna Schooners

Instead of plain tuna salad sandwiches, I fix this creamy tuna mixture, which includes crunchy apples. Then I put it on a crisp English muffin half with triangle tortilla chips sticking out to look like the sails of a ship.—Judy Archuleta, Escalon, California
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Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

It's fun to "carve" cheesy faces on these nicely seasoned burgers I served at my Halloween theme party. Hungry trick-or-treaters in our family welcome the hearty sandwiches…and they're a can't-miss entree for a casual holiday get-together. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California

Heart's Desire Pizza

Heart's Desire Pizza

Heart's Desire Pizza

Valentines of all ages will have a delightful time sprinkling these fun heart-shaped personal pizzas with whatever tasty toppings their hearts desire. -Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Piggies in Blankies

Piggies in Blankies

Piggies in Blankies

Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska presents a pretty platter of franks nestled in sauerkraut and wrapped in tender biscuit blankets. They're easy to assemble and cost a mere 33 cents per "piggy".

Kid's Favorite Biscuits

Kid's Favorite Biscuits

Kid's Favorite Biscuits

Six-year-old Dustin Chasteen of Weaverville, North Carolina combines two kid-favorite flavors—peanut butter and jelly—in a new way. Refrigerated biscuits with a warm, gooey filling make a yummy lunch or snack.

Taco Salad Wraps

Taco Salad Wraps

Taco Salad Wraps

These flavorful southwestern wraps sent by Marlene Roberts of Moore, Oklahoma will be a hit at lunch or dinner.

Crunchy Ham and Cheese

Crunchy Ham and Cheese

Crunchy Ham and Cheese

Crushed potato chips put the crunch in this appetizing variation on ham and cheese. “Serve this layered sandwich with a bowl of soup, and you’ll have one of the best comfort-food meals of your life,” assures Karen Wolf of Niles, Illinois.

Burrito Pita Pockets

Burrito Pita Pockets

Burrito Pita Pockets

“Quick, delicious and kid-friendly“ is how Laura Mahaffey in Annapolis, Maryland describes her simple solution to busy weeknight meals. These hand-held pockets are filled with flavor and make an easy, eat-and-run entree for summer outings, too. TASTY TIP: For a change of pace, top with guacamole and sour cream or serve with tortilla chips, salsa and refried beans.

Flutter-By Franks

Flutter-By Franks

Flutter-By Franks

Easy, fun and adorable Flutter-by Franks are shared by Lois Lewis of Bartlett, Illinois. With only two ingredients, they couldn’t be simpler to make. “I came up with the recipe for my daughter’s 7th birthday party,” she recalls. “These are such a cinch to make, and the girls were delighted with the end results!”
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