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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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Dinner in a Bag

Dinner in a Bag

Dinner in a Bag

When it comes to convenience, Darlene Brenden has dinner in the bag. The Salem, Oregon cook measures dry noodles and a mixture of spices into separate plastic bags, then stores them in a paper bag with canned stewed tomatoes. This "pantry kit" gives her family a head start on a hearty meal. "Since I work late occasionally," she says, "they just have to brown ground beef, and soon dinner is simmering."

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

“Mom made this when we were kids, and it was always my first choice for birthday dinners,” recalls Kristy Hawkes in South Ogden, Utah. “Now I do the prep work in the morning and just let it simmer all day. When I get home, all I have to do is boil the spaghetti, brown some garlic bread and dinner is on!”

BBQ Hot Dog & Potato Packs

BBQ Hot Dog & Potato Packs

BBQ Hot Dog & Potato Packs

For these nifty foil packs, small hands make quick work of topping potato wedges with a hot dog, onions and cheese. — Kelly Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
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Simple Sesame Chicken

Simple Sesame Chicken

Simple Sesame Chicken

“Returning home after 20 years as a missionary in the Philippines, I’ve tried to make food like we had there and came up with these flavorful strips. This recipe became a family favorite and is often requested at potlucks!” Lynn Jonas - Madison, Wisconsin

Favorite Hamburger Noodle Bake

Favorite Hamburger Noodle Bake

Favorite Hamburger Noodle Bake

This is an old family favorite I made when my boys were growing up. There were never any leftovers.—Patricia Teller, Lewiston, Idaho

Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac

Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac

Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac

When I want to make something hearty, creamy and cheesy, I go with this dish. It's comfort food at its finest.—Rianna Styx, Libertyville, Illinois

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Grandma "Sini" would make these meatballs for our traditional spaghetti dinner every Sunday. They freeze well, so bake an extra batch when time allows. Then combine with your favorite homemade or purchased sauce and serve over pasta.

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Portobello mushrooms and three kinds of cheese give an upscale spin to a classic casserole. To make this more of an entree, I add 2 cups of cubed cooked chicken.—Dawn Moore, Warren, Pennsylvania

Pizza Macaroni Bake

Pizza Macaroni Bake

Pizza Macaroni Bake

What do you get when you combine macaroni and cheese with pizza fixings? This hearty, family-pleasing casserole! It's so easy and so tasty. —Nancy Porterfield, Gap Mills, West Virginia

Ham 'n' Cheese Pizzas

Ham 'n' Cheese Pizzas

Ham 'n' Cheese Pizzas

With leftover ham, cheese and Alfredo sauce, these pizzas are sure to please. Best of all, they're very kid-friendly. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Meaty Rigatoni Bake

Meaty Rigatoni Bake

Meaty Rigatoni Bake

Here's a super-easy Italian entree you may just fall in love with. “I created this dish from ingredients I had on hand,” says Mary Jo Grossman of Cloquet, Minnesota. “My husband, Bob, and I are empty-nesters, so I'm always interested in recipes for one or two.”
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