These delicious and healthy dinner ideas are toddler and kid-friendly! Perfect for the entire family, get some inspiration and shake up your typical weeknight meal.
Healthy dinner ideas for kids
It’s the age-old question – what’s for dinner🤔?!
Feeding your tribe healthy and yummy meals every night can sometimes feel like the hardest part of an already hard day. And let’s face it, we are all guilty of cycling through the same 3 or 4 meals that we know the entire family will enjoy.
These easy dinner ideas for kids will hopefully break out of your meal planning rut and give you some fresh dinner inspiration 💡.
With dozens of dinner recipes for kids to choose from, like my crazy good Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Easy Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Pasta and Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries,” there are zero reasons to be in a dinner food slump. If you need toddler and kid smoothie, breakfast or lunch ideas, I have those too, plus plenty of healthy popsicle recipes to choose from as well.
Plus, these dinner recipes aren’t just for kids and toddlers, all of them are great for the whole family 👨👩👧👦, meaning that you don’t have to cook separate meals.. which, quite frankly, is exhausting!
Need More Dinner Ideas? I’ve got your family covered with amazing family-friendly dinner recipes in my best-selling cookbook, Little Foodie: Baby Food Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste.
BEST TODDLER and KID eating essentials
Make mealtimes less of a battle with your toddler and kids, more enjoyable and a lot less messy! These are my top picks for toddler and younger kids mealtime products.
- cups (great for smoothies)
- booster seat
- suction plate
- kid chopsticks or food picks (makes new items fun to eat)
- silicone muffin molds (separate or highlight foods that are new)
TIPS for EASY Family Dinners
- Prep Ahead – To save your sanity during the week – prep one or two items that you are planning on using for dinners that week on the weekend – chopped up an onion, marinate some chicken, make a veggie-loaded pasta sauce, etc. It doesn’t have to be an all-day event. Even 30 minutes of prep time goes a long way.
- One Meal for Toddlers, Kids and Adults – Make one dinner for toddlers, kids and you! I developed these recipes for toddlers and kids, but I eat them as well! Don’t think that you have to make an extra meal just for yourself. I sometimes add sriracha, a large green salad or more veggies to my portion depending on what the recipe is, but the base recipe is always the same.
- Plan Ahead – The one thing that has helped me endlessly is meal planning. I choose my meals for the week, go shopping once and then everything is there when I need it. I never worry about what I’m going to make that evening and I can also plan to cook double batches for freezer meals.
All-Time Toddler Favorites
- Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
- Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries”
- Taco Tuesday
- Baby’s First Bolognese
- Crispy Seasoned Fish with Pineapple & Avocado Chunks
Kid-Friendly Recipes on Repeat
- Easy Cheesy Garlic Broccoli Pasta
- Mild Curry Chicken & Veggies
- Kale Pesto Chicken Quesadilla
- Mini Bagel Pizzas with Pepper “Sprinkles”
- Family-Favorite Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos
40 Family Dinner Ideas for Kids: Pumpkin Pasta
- 16 ounce pasta, regular, gluten-free, lentil, chickpea, etc. (any shape you like)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup veggie or chicken broth
- 3-4 tbsp cream or canned coconut milk
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil and cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Before straining, reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan pour in the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Add in the pumpkin puree, tomato paste, and broth and bring to a simmer, stir until combined. Reduce heat to low and add in the cream, balsamic vinegar, nutmeg, and salt and pepper, stir and let simmer while pasta cooks.
- Strain pasta and transfer to saucpan of pumpkin sauce. Stir in the pasta, adding the reserved water in 1/4 cup increments to thin out the sauce. I used the entire 1 cup of water for the recipe in the pictures above.
- Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan (if using).