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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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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?

Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

Curried Turkey Tacos

In Covington, Kentucky, Peggy Bailey gives a twist to traditional tacos by adding curry powder, black beans and salsa to ground turkey filling. "This is simple, economical and very tasty," she writes.
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Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Double-Cheese Beef Pasta

Provolone and mozzarella cheeses star in this comforting pasta dish. My mother shared the recipe with me when I was married more than 50 years ago.—Marilyn Pearson, Billings, Montana

Fried Chicken Tenders

Fried Chicken Tenders

Fried Chicken Tenders

Any night is the perfect night for a fried chicken dinner. But this is no take-out chicken, this is Shirley's quick and easy recipe for Fried Chicken Tenders that utilizes sesame crackers as a crust. Shirley Little - Alvord, Texas

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Muffin-Cup Cheddar Beef Pies

Muffin-Cup Cheddar Beef Pies

Muffin-Cup Cheddar Beef Pies

My kids love these beef rolls so much that I always make extra since they heat up so quickly. I give them their choice of dipping sauces—spaghetti sauce or ranch dressing are the top picks. —Kimberly Farmer, Wichita, Kansas

Octopus and Seaweed

Octopus and Seaweed

Octopus and Seaweed

Your hungry kids will squirm with delight when they get a look at these remarkable smiley sea creatures perched on a bed of seaweed.—Kerry Tittle, Little Rock, Arkansas

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Rich Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Had a full day of sledding, shopping or decorating? Settle in for a family-pleasing meal of homemade pizza. With a prebaked crust and simple Alfredo sauce, it’s easy and delicious. —Tammy Hanks, Gainsville, Florida

Sausage Cheese Manicotti

Sausage Cheese Manicotti

Sausage Cheese Manicotti

This marvelous manicotti, created by our Test Kitchen staff, is cheesy, saucy and savory.

Sausage Spaghetti Spirals

Sausage Spaghetti Spirals

Sausage Spaghetti Spirals

My family loves this flavorful casserole with hearty chunks of sausage and green pepper. The recipe makes a big pan, so it's nicely sized for a potluck. —Carol Carolton, Wheaton, Illinois
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