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Kids Lunch Recipes

Make your kids a tasty lunch they are sure to love with these kids lunch recipes, with dishes including pizza, pasta, tacos, wraps, sloppy joes, casserole, sandwiches, burgers, pasties, fries, hot dogs, chicken tenders, chicken strips, mac and cheese and more.

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This Italian skillet toss is an awesome way to use up extra spaghetti sauce at the end of the week. It fits right in on Friday pizza night. —Clare Butler, Little Elm, Texas
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Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

"My husband worked in Chicago-area pizza restaurants throughout high school and college. He says pizza is a work of art, and his are beautiful. Our girls prefer Daddy’s pizza to ordering out!” —Julie Host, Polk City, Iowa

Chicken Tortellini in Cream Sauce

Chicken Tortellini in Cream Sauce

Chicken Tortellini in Cream Sauce

Kids and adults will like this quick pasta dinner...it tastes as wonderful as a restaurant dish. I like to pair it with a Caesar salad.—Julie Kamlade, Shelby, North Carolina

Waffle Iron Pizzas

Waffle Iron Pizzas

Waffle Iron Pizzas

These little pizza pockets are a fun mashup using the waffle iron. Try your favorite toppings or even breakfast fillings like ham and eggs. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, ND
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Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

Turkey Spaghetti Casserole

My mom made this creamy comforting dish when I was growing up. Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey, I look forward to making this simple, yet tasty, filling dish. —Casandra Hetrick, Lindsey, Ohio

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Even finicky eaters love "Taco Night" because they can add toppings to suit their tastes. In this recipe, chicken is coated with taco seasoning and then stir-fried, so the zesty flavor really shines through.

Favorite Cornish Pasties

Favorite Cornish Pasties

Favorite Cornish Pasties

Years ago, when bakeries in my Midwestern hometown made pasties, people scrambled to get there before they were all gone. Now I make my own...filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables, they make a complete meal and are great for picnics or potlucks. —Gayle Lewis Yucaipa, California

Italian Meat Sauce

Italian Meat Sauce

Italian Meat Sauce

This robust home-style pasta sauce from Candi Johnsen of West Plains, Missouri tastes just as good after it's been frozen.

Italian Pasta Bake

Italian Pasta Bake

Italian Pasta Bake

I love to make this dish whenever I need to bring a dish to pass. Fresh tomatoes add a nice touch that's missing from most other meat, pasta and tomato casseroles.—Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana

Hollywood Pizza

Hollywood Pizza

Hollywood Pizza

My father and I used to order a pizza like this from a place in Tinseltown. Here's my homemade version of that delicious pie. —Michael Williams, Moreno Valley, California

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

I loved chicken nuggets as a child. This baked version is healthier than the original, and it's a great meal for kids. — Haili Carroll, Valencia, California

Family Quilt Pizza

Family Quilt Pizza

Family Quilt Pizza

I find quilt pizzas loads of fun to make. They're great for getting family and friends involved and they come up with the most clever toppings and designs! —Marie Louise Ludwig, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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