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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.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

On hot summer days, this cooks without heating up the kitchen while I work on the rest of the meal. It's easy to double or triple for crowds, and if there are any leftovers, you can freeze them to enjoy later. —Carol Losier, Baldwinsville, New York

Shredded Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

Shredded Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

Shredded Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

A sweet yet tangy barbecue sauce flavors the juicy, shredded pork in these savory sandwiches from Mary Goff of Rowlesburg, West Virginia.

Farmhouse Chili Dogs

Farmhouse Chili Dogs

Farmhouse Chili Dogs

We host lots of hay rides, picnics, hot dog roasts and ice cream socials on our farm, and these chili dogs never fail to please. There’s always someone who fills a paper cup with the sauce and eats it straight.
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Ozark Sloppy Joes

Ozark Sloppy Joes

Ozark Sloppy Joes

Years ago, my family operated a snack boat on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. These popular Sloppy Joes were a hit with hungry boaters. —Michele Delanty, Sunrise Beach, Missouri

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Enjoy the tangy taste of Staca Hiatt's pita pizzas. “I use bottled barbecue sauce, cooked chicken breast, and cheddar cheese for a truly Western-style pizza, and they're very easy to prepare,” writes the Twentynine Palms, California reader.

Tasty Tuna Turnovers

Tasty Tuna Turnovers

Tasty Tuna Turnovers

You’ll have both kids and adults eating out of your hand with these speedy and simple pockets of tuna, celery and cheese tucked in a warm, flaky crust. Thanks to Brenda Rohlman from Kingman, Kansas for sharing the recipe.

Open-Faced Pizza Sandwiches

Open-Faced Pizza Sandwiches

Open-Faced Pizza Sandwiches

This tasty pizza is a hit with my grandchildren. What could be easier for Saturday lunch? It took me longer to write the recipe down than it does to fix it! —Dorothy Eriksen, Salem, Oregon

Fun Fish Sandwiches

Fun Fish Sandwiches

Fun Fish Sandwiches

Kids will love these cute fish sandwiches. And they're such a cinch to shape, using a fish-shaped cookie cutter. If some of your party guests are picky eaters, cut out fish-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead. —Carolyn Schmeling, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Grilled Cheese Supreme

Grilled Cheese Supreme

Grilled Cheese Supreme

Buttery rye holds a bevy of veggies, cheese and avocado in these full-flavored sandwiches. I've also prepared them on my outdoor grill.—Billie Moss, Walnut Creek, California

Italian Meat Stromboli

Italian Meat Stromboli

Italian Meat Stromboli

As a mother of two, it seems the only time I have to be creative is in the kitchen. I received a similar recipe from a co-worker but decided to add veggies and spices.

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Between working full-time, going to school and raising three children, finding time-saving recipes that my family likes is one of my biggest challenges. These quick pizzas pack a huge amount of flavor. —Amy Grim, Chillicothe, Ohio
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