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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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Pizza for breakfast? Kids of all ages will love making—and munching—this hearty meal-in-one made with convenient crescent rolls and frozen hash browns. It's even great for camping! —Rae Truax, Mattawa, Washington
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Pizza in a Bowl

Pizza in a Bowl

Pizza in a Bowl

On busy days, it's a comfort to know that my family can sit down to dinner minutes after we walk in the door. Double it to wow at a potluck. This recipe works in a slow cooker, too. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio

Tater Beef Bake

Tater Beef Bake

Tater Beef Bake

I combined two childhood classics—sloppy joes and Tater Tots—to create this home-style dinner that will keep your youngsters coming back for more. —Karla Wiederholt, Cuba City, Wisconsin

Taco Meat Loaves

Taco Meat Loaves

Taco Meat Loaves

We live in Texas and love the Southwest style of cooking. This recipe spices up plain ol’ meat loaf so it tastes like a filling for tacos. —Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas
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Creamy Baked Macaroni

Creamy Baked Macaroni

Creamy Baked Macaroni

This old-fashioned macaroni casserole gets a different twist, thanks to Gouda cheese. It bakes up nice and creamy with just a hint of zip from the hot sauce. It's comfort food at its yummiest.

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."

Skillet Mac & Cheese

Skillet Mac & Cheese

Skillet Mac & Cheese

This super creamy mac 'n' cheese is so simple it seems almost too easy! Kids really go for the rich cheese flavor, but I've never met an adult who didn't love it too. —Ann Bowers, Rockport, Texas

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

Hay and Straw

This recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, it's pretty, too. This colorful pasta dish combines julienned ham, Parmesan cheese, peas and linguine.—Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland

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.

Mexi-Mac Skillet

Mexi-Mac Skillet

Mexi-Mac Skillet

This is the yummiest, quickest recipe I have. There’s no need to pre-cook the macaroni. Everything comes together in one smart skillet. —Maurane Ramsey, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tasty Burritos

Tasty Burritos

Tasty Burritos

My cousin is of Mexican heritage, and I’ve watched her make this crunchy beef burrito recipe for years. The very first time I made them for my own family, they instantly became a favorite meal. They’re even better warmed up the next day in the microwave. —Debi Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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