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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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Nothing beats the aroma of this speedy simmered pasta sauce...except its wonderful taste. To round out the meal, toss together a green salad and pop some garlic bread in the oven as shown in the photo at right. Or, steam asparagus for a swift side dish and pick up a chocolate cream pie from the supermarket.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Ham 'n' Cheese Bow Ties

Ham 'n' Cheese Bow Ties

Ham 'n' Cheese Bow Ties

Everyone who tries this yummy casserole lists it as a favorite from then on. Bow tie pasta makes it fun, and ham makes it hearty.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.

Italian Hot Dish

Italian Hot Dish

Italian Hot Dish

My husband had a poor perception of healthy food until he tried this beefy casserole. The combination of pasta, oregano, mushrooms and green peppers make it a favorite in our house. —Theresa Smith, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Kids and dads alike will dive right into this hearty, comforting dish. With a crispy cheese topping on a warm corn bread crust, this recipe is a keeper. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Cheesy Ham 'n' Noodles

Cheesy Ham 'n' Noodles

Cheesy Ham 'n' Noodles

"I love to prepare this comforting dish to use up leftover ham," says Renee Schwebach from Dumont, Minnesota. "Peas add color and flavor."

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

This is the ultimate creamy mac and cheese. It's saucy, thick and very rich, and it holds the wonderful cheddar flavor. Once you taste it, you will be hooked. —Cindy Hartley, Chesapeake, Virginia

Creamy Chicken Potpie

Creamy Chicken Potpie

Creamy Chicken Potpie

My aunt came up with this recipe, and I tweaked it to fit my family's tastes. I think they like it so much because of the sage—it brings a totally different flavor to the dish. —Lysa Davis, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Three-Cheese Spirals

Three-Cheese Spirals

Three-Cheese Spirals

Sour cream and three kinds of cheese create the creamy coating for this tasty "twist" on macaroni and cheese. It calls for only six ingredients and can be served as an entree or a side dish. —Deb Collette Holland, Ohio

Tater Tot-chos

Tater Tot-chos

Tater Tot-chos

Playing with food is loads of fun when you have Tater Tots and taco toppings. Let kids build their own for smiles all around. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota

Chicken Fingers with Lemon Sauce

Chicken Fingers with Lemon Sauce

Chicken Fingers with Lemon Sauce

"My husband turned up his nose when he saw me making this the first time, but he absolutely flipped when he tasted it. I like to serve the chicken with an apple rice pilaf salad." —Amanda Donnelly, Fairborn, Ohio

Ragu Bolognese

Ragu Bolognese

Ragu Bolognese

“I cook my hearty entree, Ragu Bolognese, slowly, which creates a rich sauce that’s absolutely delicious. The veggies add fiber, and I use skim milk and turkey sausage to keep it lighter,” Mary Bilyeu writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The flavorful dish is great for family, but special enough for company.

Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche

Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche

Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche

My savory main-dish quiche tastes just like its burger counterpart. Easy and appealing, it's pretty enough to serve guests. —Barbara J. Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota
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