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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.

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Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

My kids ask for these pita sandwiches all the time. They haven’t noticed that, as good as they taste, they’re also good for them. —Kim Holmes, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Grilled Provolone & Pepperoni

Grilled Provolone & Pepperoni

Grilled Provolone & Pepperoni

I wanted to add a little zip to my grilled cheese so one day I exchanged the butter for some garlic bread spread and added pepperoni. I could not resist seconds. —Jennifer Zuniga, Denver, Colorado

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Want to branch out from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches? Make 'em festive with cute winter-themed cutters like pine trees or mittens. Try these with whole wheat bread and sourdough if it better suits your family's tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Spooky Monster Sandwiches

Spooky Monster Sandwiches

Spooky Monster Sandwiches

Why serve chicken salad on ordinary rolls when you can make these spooky sandwiches? —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Speedy Sloppy Joes

Speedy Sloppy Joes

Speedy Sloppy Joes

These quick-to-fix sloppy joe sandwiches get a nice zip from sweet pickle relish and barbecue sauce. Kids especially love them!—Nancy Lambert, Punta Gorda, Florida

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Homemade beef patties and DIY slider buns make these mini burgers the life of any party. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.

Cucumber Canoes

Cucumber Canoes

Cucumber Canoes

This recipe is a great light lunch or dinner. The cute canoes are fun for kids to put together using healthy vegetables. And they love eating them, because they made the meal themselves.—Robert Gibson, Norristown, Pennsylvania

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

What do folks eat at a ball game? Hot dogs, of course! For our baseball theme party, I jazzed them up with an easy homemade barbecue sauce and a tangy relish that's become a family tradition. I make up a supply when our garden's booming with zucchini.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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.

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Put your garden vegetables to good use in this delightful entree, which resembles a pizza. —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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