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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.

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
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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.

Hot Dogs with the Works

Hot Dogs with the Works

Hot Dogs with the Works

"What screams summer more than grilled hot dogs?" asks Maria Regakis of Somerville, Massachusetts. She places hot dogs in buns before topping them with a zesty cheese sauce and grilling them in a double layer of foil.

Grandma's Spoiler Sandwich

Grandma's Spoiler Sandwich

Grandma's Spoiler Sandwich

There are all kinds of sweet goodies in this gooey grilled sandwich that can be served for breakfast, as an after-school snack or even for dessert! "My grandma used to make this special sandwich for my cousins and me when we would stay with her," recalls Michal Wooten of Greenville, Ohio. "It's really good with a cup of hot chocolate."

Tuna Boats

Tuna Boats

Tuna Boats

Janelle Aguda of Chicago, Illinois gets her son involved in this sea-cruising cuisine by having him assemble the simple sails out of cheese slices. They like to serve the “boats” on blue paper plates with fish-shaped crackers.
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