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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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Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole

This is an easy dish to prepare ahead of time, refrigerate and bake just before company arrives. —Kim Rocker, LaGrange, Georgia

Taco-Filled Pasta Shells

Taco-Filled Pasta Shells

Taco-Filled Pasta Shells

I've been stuffing pasta shells with different fillings for years, but my family enjoys this version with taco-seasoned meat the most. The frozen shells are so convenient, because you can take out only the number you need for a single-serving lunch or family dinner. Just add zippy taco sauce and bake. —Marge Hodel Roanoke, Illinois

Meaty Pasta Casseroles

Meaty Pasta Casseroles

Meaty Pasta Casseroles

I love this recipe because it makes a lot—two hearty casseroles. Every time I fix it, I add something different, such as extra garlic, to give it a little extra flavor. —Debra Butcher, Decatur, Indiana
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Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie

A classic Italian combination is remade into a creamy, family-pleasing casserole in this quick and easy dish. "This recipe was given to me several years ago," notes Ellen Thompson from Springfield, Ohio. "My family never grows tired of it."

Loaded Spaghetti Bake

Loaded Spaghetti Bake

Loaded Spaghetti Bake

“Make this versatile recipe your own, everyone loves it! It's also great made with leftover chicken from the previous night's dinner. You might prefer another hard cheese for the Parmesan…or just go with the cheddar and cornflake crumbs.” Marian Pappas - Lake Stevens, Washington

Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

My husband goes wild for my meatloaf, but I don't know how healthy it is. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts slashed the calories and fat, but kept the original's tender and delicious qualities. —Jodie Mitchell, Denver, Pennsylvania

Spaghetti with Italian Meatballs

Spaghetti with Italian Meatballs

Spaghetti with Italian Meatballs

Sharon Crider sends this hearty spaghetti dinner from Junction City, Kansas. "It's one of my family's favorite recipes," she writes. "We enjoy servings of the sauce with a variety of pasta."

Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers

Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers

Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers

My kids love these tender, moist chicken strips! My husband and I cut up the chicken and add to a lettuce salad with eggs, tomatoes and cheese. And everybody's happy! —Rachel Fizel, Woodbury, Minnesota

Pepperoni Casserole

Pepperoni Casserole

Pepperoni Casserole

Pizza taste without the takeout? Believe it! With great pepperoni flavor, this recipe will give the whole family an easy alternative on pizza night. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma

Beefy Shells and Cheese

Beefy Shells and Cheese

Beefy Shells and Cheese

Louise Graybiel, of Toronto, Ontario writes of her Beefy Shells and Cheese, “Boxed macaroni and cheese, store-bought salsa and canned beans make this kid-pleaser a snap to fix!” For a bonus, Louise likes to add shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese to the dish for extra-cheesy fun!

Brown-Bag Burritos

Brown-Bag Burritos

Brown-Bag Burritos

"For a change from sandwiches, we like burritos-something many people don't consider in a brown-bag lunch," says Rhonda Cliett of Barton, Texas. "They're good cold or easy to heat if a microwave's available."
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