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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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Mexican Hot Dogs

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My stepmom was born in Mexico and introduced us to hot dogs with avocado and bacon. We were instantly hooked. Now our whole family makes them. —Amanda Brandenburg, Hamilton, Ohio
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Crispy Sage Chicken Tenders

Crispy Sage Chicken Tenders

Crispy Sage Chicken Tenders

One of my mom's favorite chicken recipes used fresh sage. Her version was smothered with gravy, but we like these panko-crusted tenders as they are. —Deb Perry, Traverse City, Michigan

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

Pigs in a Poncho

Pigs in a Poncho

Pigs in a Poncho

For pigs in a blanket Mexican style, we add refried beans and green chilies. Spice it up even more with pepper jack, jalapenos and guacamole. —Jennifer Stowell, Montezuma, Iowa
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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.

Pizza Snacks

Pizza Snacks

Pizza Snacks

"Since pizza is a big favorite with my teenagers, I like to keep these crispy snacks on hand," says Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana. "Loaded with toppings, they go right from the freezer to the oven with little time and effort. And they're always a hit."

Personal Veggie Pizzas

Personal Veggie Pizzas

Personal Veggie Pizzas

My mom and I like eating healthy—so this figure-friendly pizza is our favorite. The assorted veggies and crisp, golden crust are so tasty, no one will miss the sauce.—Amber Gerrity, West Seneca, NY

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

Party Size Crunchy Onion Chicken Tenders

Party Size Crunchy Onion Chicken Tenders

Party Size Crunchy Onion Chicken Tenders

These are the perfect appetizer to get your party started. The onion flavor will delight guests.—Taste of Home Cooking School, Greendale, Wisconsin

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

Sausage Marinara Over Pasta

"My husband and I enjoy pasta, so after I discovered low-fat Italian turkey sausage at the supermarket, I came up with this chunky sauce," says Shirley Meletes of Lehigh Acres, Florida

Ham and Cheese Puffs

Ham and Cheese Puffs

Ham and Cheese Puffs

These tasty little bites go over well with kids. They're also delicious with soups or as party appetizers. —Mrs. Marvin Buffington, Burlington, Iowa

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

Tomato-Basil Chicken Spirals

After tasting a wonderful pasta dish at an Italian restaurant, I experimented until I came up with this recipe. It's become one of our favorite low-fat meals. The riper the tomatoes, the better it is!
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