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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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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.

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

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

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.

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Macaroni Sausage Supper

Joyce Clauson and her husband chase winter’s chill in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with this hearty and delicious casserole that’s been a family favorite for decades. TIP: “Sometimes I add a few fresh mushrooms or substitute cream of celery soup and a stalk of diced celery for extra flavor and nutrition,” Joyce says. She heats up leftover soup for lunch next day.

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

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

Chicken Egg Pie

Chicken Egg Pie

Chicken Egg Pie

"My son, Will, has been making this breakfast quiche since he was 5," reports Judy Bedell from their ranch near San Miguel, California. "He thought quiche was a funny name and said it should be named 'chicken egg pie', which is what we've called it ever since."

Creamy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole

Creamy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole

Creamy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole

"This is truly an old standby that's been in my family for years," Karen Mathis explains from Penfield, New York. "It can be assembled the night before and baked the next day."

Breaded Chicken Strips

Breaded Chicken Strips

Breaded Chicken Strips

Breaded Chicken Strips are a home-style classic and a perfect meal for a new cook to prepare. Our Test Kitchen staff created tender, golden brown chicken strips that are tasty and just right for two. The breading is made from everyday ingredients already in most kitchens, and there are only a handful of steps. Why go out for a chicken fingers basket, when it's this easy to make your own?
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