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Kids Dinner Recipes

Welcome your kids home from school with these fun kids dinner recipes, including stromboli, subs, sloppy joes, pigs in a blanket, tortillas, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, calzones, paninis, pitas, patty melts and more.

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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

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

My kids ask for these pita sandwiches all the time. They haven’t noticed that, as good as they taste, they’re also good for them. —Kim Holmes, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Want to branch out from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches? Make 'em festive with cute winter-themed cutters like pine trees or mittens. Try these with whole wheat bread and sourdough if it better suits your family's tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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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."

Speedy Sloppy Joes

Speedy Sloppy Joes

Speedy Sloppy Joes

These quick-to-fix sloppy joe sandwiches get a nice zip from sweet pickle relish and barbecue sauce. Kids especially love them!—Nancy Lambert, Punta Gorda, Florida

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Homemade beef patties and DIY slider buns make these mini burgers the life of any party. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Corn Muffin Ham & Cheese

Corn Muffin Ham & Cheese

Corn Muffin Ham & Cheese

You can put leftover cornbread muffins to good use and put a new twist on a ham and cheese sandwich in the process. Dill in the mayonnaise adds a lively spark.—Jennifer Warner, Huntertown, Indiana

Cucumber Canoes

Cucumber Canoes

Cucumber Canoes

This recipe is a great light lunch or dinner. The cute canoes are fun for kids to put together using healthy vegetables. And they love eating them, because they made the meal themselves.—Robert Gibson, Norristown, Pennsylvania

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

Dugout Hot Dogs

What do folks eat at a ball game? Hot dogs, of course! For our baseball theme party, I jazzed them up with an easy homemade barbecue sauce and a tangy relish that's become a family tradition. I make up a supply when our garden's booming with zucchini.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Fish Stick Sandwiches

Make the most of convenient frozen fish sticks with these fun family-pleasing sandwiches from Cherie Durbin. "My mom whipped these up whenever she wanted fish in a hurry," writes the Hickory, North Carolina reader.

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Grilled Veggie Tortillas for Two

Put your garden vegetables to good use in this delightful entree, which resembles a pizza. —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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