12 Kid-Approved Dinner Ideas For Winter

With winter coming up, the need for quick yet comforting meals is greater than ever. Kids are often the pickiest eaters in the house, so add to that the challenge of coming up with healthy meals they’ll actually enjoy. Try one of these twelve recipes that the whole family will love and devour during the cold months ahead.

1. Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Pizza for dinner is always a winner with kids, but something healthier like this Buffalo Chicken Pizza is the one you should be serving. Just use pita bread and top it with shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and your favorite cheeses for a super quick meal.

2. Baked Turkey Burgers

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Trick your kids into eating something lighter and healthier with these delicious Baked Turkey Burgers. Pair it with a side of French fries, and they likely won’t notice the difference.

3. Mac And Cheese

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Every kid loves macaroni and cheese, and this Mac And Cheese recipe will be a hit with the rest of the family, too. The best part is that it’s made with ingredients that you’ll feel good about.

4. Meatball Sandwiches 

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Another thing that kids love to eat – sandwiches! Make a healthy and family-friendly version with this Meatball Sandwiches recipe. It’s total comfort food that is filled with wholesome goodness.

5. Potato Corn Chowder

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This Potato Corn Chowder recipe is the easiest way to trick your kids into eating healthy. It is a tummy-warming and totally comforting recipe that will have them craving more, especially during chilly fall nights.

6. Veggie Pita Pizza

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There are two types of food that kids won’t turn down: spaghetti and pizza. But feeding these foods to them regularly isn’t good for their health. So, make a healthier version this fall with this Veggie Pita Pizza.

7. Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf Casserole

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Meatloaf is another kid favorite. But you can switch it up this fall by serving them a healthier version with this Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf Casserole recipe. It is comforting and filled with good-for-you ingredients.

8. Chicken Nuggets

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Buying packaged chicken nuggets for your kids is not the smartest choice. Instead, you can give in to their favorite by serving up a healthier Chicken Nuggets recipe. It’s just as good, if not better, than what you’ll get from a fast food chain.

9. Homemade Chicken Soup

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Kids love a cozy meal, especially in the fall when the temps start to drop. This Homemade Chicken Soup is the perfect remedy on those cold nights. Watch your kid sip on this soup until the very last drop.

10. Pumpkin Pasta

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This Pumpkin Pasta recipe will be a hit with the kids and the entire family. Everyone will love the savory and creamy sauce. It’s an irresistible fall dish that is the perfect kid-friendly fall dinner.

11. Chicken And Sweet Potatoes Sheet Pan

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This Chicken And Sweet Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner is the perfect addition to your fall dinner rotation for two reasons. It’s kid-friendly, and it’s very easy to make. You can toss the ingredients on a sheet pan, and your oven will do the rest.

12. Curried Pumpkin Soup

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Here’s another soup recipe that kids will want to dig into: Curried Pumpkin Soup. It tastes amazing, especially on a cold fall evening, and it tastes so good your kids will want you to make it all season long.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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