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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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Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy and cheesy with comfort in every bite, this lightened-up classic is sure to become a family favorite at your house, too! —Nancy Langrock, Southbury, Connecticut

Marinara Turkey Meatballs

Marinara Turkey Meatballs

Marinara Turkey Meatballs

Frozen spinach and a jar of spaghetti sauce speed up the prep time for these tender, nutritious turkey meatballs from our Test Kitchen. Freeze leftovers for another busy night.

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas

Enjoy the tangy taste of Staca Hiatt's pita pizzas. “I use bottled barbecue sauce, cooked chicken breast, and cheddar cheese for a truly Western-style pizza, and they're very easy to prepare,” writes the Twentynine Palms, California reader.
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Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

Kids of all ages will be delighted with the seasonal twist on this hearty beef stew, which also features mushrooms and parsnips. Rich mashed potato "ghosts" are piped onto each bowlful. The cook will love the convenient slow cooker preparation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Garlic Toast Pizzas

Between working full-time, going to school and raising three children, finding time-saving recipes that my family likes is one of my biggest challenges. These quick pizzas pack a huge amount of flavor. —Amy Grim, Chillicothe, Ohio

Layer Cake Meat Loaf

Layer Cake Meat Loaf

Layer Cake Meat Loaf

If the kids are always asking to eat dessert first, here's your chance. The moist "cake" layers are really full-flavored meat loaves "frosted" with instant mashed potatoes. Ketchup and mustard "icing" help complete the look.

Mexican Pot Roast Filling

Mexican Pot Roast Filling

Mexican Pot Roast Filling

My son's friends used to request this recipe when they came over...ten years later, they're still talking about it. The meat makes an excellent filling for tacos, burritos or enchiladas and freezes well.—Connie Dicavoli, Shawnee, Kansas

Pizza Mac & Cheese

Pizza Mac & Cheese

Pizza Mac & Cheese

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

Pizza on a Stick

Pizza on a Stick

Pizza on a Stick

My daughter and her friends had fun turning sausage, pepperoni, veggies and pizza dough into these cute kabobs. Give our version a try or make your own using you favorite light pizza toppings. —Charlene Woods of Norfolk, Virginia

Ravioli with Sausage

Ravioli with Sausage

Ravioli with Sausage

My family loves this dish—it's on our menu at least once a month. It's easy to double for large crowds...just keep it warm in a slow cooker. I usually serve the ravioli with green beans amandine and garlic bread.—Krendi Ford, Belleville, Michigan
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