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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.

Halloween Pizza

Halloween Pizza

Halloween Pizza

"I like to perk up Halloween -- or any occasion -- by having the grandkids make these special pizzas," relates Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma.

Lunch Box Special

Lunch Box Special

Lunch Box Special

Dates, orange juice and apples bring zest and crunch to the plain old peanut butter sandwich. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri

"ABC" Sandwiches

"ABC" Sandwiches

With one bite, you'll no longer wonder why Marilyn Dick of Centralia, Missouri claims this tasty combination as her favorite. "My mom passed this recipe on to me," Marlyn writes. "I just love the combination of apple, bacon and cheddar—that's how these sandwiches got their name."
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Kid-Size Pizza

Kid-Size Pizza

Kid-Size Pizza

This is a recipe born out of desperation. One day I couldn't think of anything to serve the kids for lunch. Rummaging through the fridge, I came across some simple ingredients and prepared individual pizzas. —Polly Coumos, Mogadore, Ohio

Ham and Cheese Pockets

Ham and Cheese Pockets

Ham and Cheese Pockets

"These unique sandwich pockets are filled with ingredients most kids like."—Callie Myers, Rockport, Texas

Top-Dog Hot Dogs

Top-Dog Hot Dogs

Top-Dog Hot Dogs

This is one of the first recipes I let our sons prepare completely by themselves. They love the pizza-like flavor these hot dogs get from chili sauce and cheese.—Kathy Burggraaf, Plainfield Township, Michigan

Humpty-Dumpty Sandwiches

Humpty-Dumpty Sandwiches

Humpty-Dumpty Sandwiches

Instead of relying on ordinary egg salad, I like to spark up brown-bag lunches with this hearty sandwich. Every bite is filled with eggs, cheese and flavor.—Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado

Picnic Hot Dogs

Picnic Hot Dogs

Picnic Hot Dogs

Kids of all ages will have a hard time eating just one of these hot dogs. The tempting ground beef sauces makes them especially fun and flavorful.—Helen Thomas, Ravenswood, West Virginia

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese

I once taught an adult program called Eating Smart for Seniors. For that class, I developed many recipes for one or two people that were simple to prepare and used common ingredients.—Terri Brown, Darien, Wisconsin

Surprise Sandwich Spread

Surprise Sandwich Spread

Surprise Sandwich Spread

"When our kids were young, this was their favorite sandwich," related Mesa, Arizona field editor Audrey Thibodeau.

Pizza Buns

Pizza Buns

Pizza Buns

These taste especially good as a snack after an afternoon of cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. I prepare them before we go and pop them in the fridge, then just heat them when we get home!—Eleanor Martens, Rosenort, Manitoba
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