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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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Reuben Pudgy Pie

Reuben Pudgy Pie

Reuben Pudgy Pie

Our favorite pudgy pie is the Reuben: Corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese! We always use buttered bread. —Kim Goetz Andover, Minnesota

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.

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
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Cheeseburger Buns

Cheeseburger Buns

Cheeseburger Buns

My mom stuffs soft homemade yeast rolls with ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese to make these tasty sandwiches. They're great leftovers, too. My son takes them in his lunch the next day. —Nancy Holland, Morgan Hill, California

Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

This is a fun way to serve bacon cheeseburgers without all the fuss of assembling the sandwiches to serve a gang. These convenient packets can be dipped into ketchup or barbecue sauce as you eat them. —Marjorie Miller, Haven, Kansas

Cheeseburger French Loaf

Cheeseburger French Loaf

Cheeseburger French Loaf

Once you prepare this impressive-looking, yet simple-to-make sandwich, you’ll probably never look at refrigerated bread dough the same. It’s just so easy! Nancy Daugherty - Cortland, OH

Sensational Sloppy Joes

Sensational Sloppy Joes

Sensational Sloppy Joes

"I’ve always liked sloppy joes but was feeling that my own recipe lacked character. Then a co-worker shared hers with me, and I guarantee I’ll never go back! Grape jelly adds a hint of sweetness to this fun, flavorful mixture, but I often use more than called for because my husband likes his extra sweet," shares Jessica Mergen from Cuba City, Wisconsin.

Chili Coney Dogs

Chili Coney Dogs

Chili Coney Dogs

Everyone in our family, from smallest kids to oldest adults, loves these hot dogs. They're so easy to throw together in the morning, or even the night before. —Michele Harris, Vicksburg, Michigan

Bubble Pizza

Bubble Pizza

Bubble Pizza

This recipe has a no-fuss crust made from refrigerated biscuits. For a jazzed-up version, add favorite toppings. —Jo Groth, Plainfield, Iowa

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

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

This recipe is a combination of my two favorite foods—pizza and chicken cordon bleu. I have made this for my family and also the teachers at my school. Now my teachers ask me to make it for them for lunch! —Justin Rippel, Colgate, WI
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