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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.

Pasta Pizza

Pasta Pizza

Pasta Pizza

"My family often requests this meatless main dish, a tempting cross between pizza and spaghetti," says Andrea Quick of Columbus, Ohio.

Hot Dog Race Cars

Hot Dog Race Cars

Hot Dog Race Cars

The members of your pit crew won't believe their eyes when these clever cars pull up to supper's starting line. Cheese, olives and ketchup help green-onion drivers feel at home in the rapid racers.

Pizza on a Stick

Pizza on a Stick

Pizza on a Stick

My daughter and her friends had fun turning sausage, pepperoni, veggies and pizza dough into these cute kabobs. Give our version a try or make your own using you favorite light pizza toppings. —Charlene Woods of Norfolk, Virginia
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Fancy Joes

Fancy Joes

Fancy Joes

This recipe is a new twist on an old favorite, using ground chicken or turkey and English muffins instead of the usual sloppy joe fixings.

Butterfly-Shaped Chicken Sandwiches

Butterfly-Shaped Chicken Sandwiches

Butterfly-Shaped Chicken Sandwiches

"I never have any trouble getting my grandchildren to eat lunch when these cute sandwiches are on their plates," reports Maggie Lanksbury of Seattle, Washington. "You can use chives or little pieces of celery for the antennae," she suggests.

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

B Is For Book Sandwich

B  Is For Book Sandwich

B Is For Book Sandwich

To fix this ham-and-cheese pleaser, just take a page from our creative food editors. You also can use a cutout of your child’s initial. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Combine two all-time lunch favorites into one and you've got this recipe from 15-year-old Tim Kettering of Newville, Pennsylvania. His mother, Robin, says Tim created the sandwich with dipping sauce to satisfy his love for pizza.

Pizza Meat Loaf Cups

Pizza Meat Loaf Cups

Pizza Meat Loaf Cups

Fix and freeze these moist little meat loaves packed with pizza flavor. They're great to reheat for an after-school snack or quick dinner on soccer night. My family likes to drizzle extra pizza sauce on top. —Susan Wollin, Marshall, Wisconsin

Cheese Quesadillas

Cheese Quesadillas

Cheese Quesadillas

Three ingredients are all you need for Luke Walker's Mexican twist on grilled cheese. The Unionville, Ontario teenager says the tasty wedges are ideal as an after-school snack or with soup at lunchtime. Youngsters can easily assemble the quick quesadillas but should get an adult's help popping them under the broiler.

Chickie Cheese Sandwiches

Chickie Cheese Sandwiches

Chickie Cheese Sandwiches

Folks are sure to crack a smile when they see these irresistible open-faced sandwiches. Two kinds of cheese and a few olive pieces create the cheery chick that sits atop each ham slice.
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