Every mom knows the struggle of making something flavorful and “grown-up” for dinner, only to have your kids say “I don’t like this”. If the struggle is real for you, don’t fret! I’ve pulled together 9 awesome recipes that are a little more “grown-up” than traditional spaghetti or mac ‘n cheese, but that are also kid tested and kid approved!
Let’s start simple with Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs from My Gorgeous Recipes. Homemade meatballs, fresh sauce and so much cheese! This recipe is perfect for those days when you need something warm, comforting and filling.
Next up is a Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken from Happy Foods Tube. First, this meal is on the table in 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for weeknights. Second, there’s a lot of protein and veggies in there, all important for little growing bodies.
If you want something a little more “outside of the box”, reach for these amazing Ta-Cones from Two Healthy Kitchens. These are SO FUN! I mean, first off, they are portable tacos. Who can’t get on board with that idea? Plus, the novelty of it is something that kids will love! Not to mention, this is another 30-minute meal!
Dietary restrictions? I’ve got you. These Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets from Strength and Sunshine will delivery a crispy bite that grown-ups and kids alike will love. There is also a swap for anyone with a corn allergy too!
If one pan/pot meals are your jam, don’t miss out on this Hawaiian Sheet Pan Dinner from The Gingered Whisk. Pair it with a viewing of Moana and you’ve got the perfect “family movie night”.
I have loved fish sticks since I was a kid, but I can’t say that I have ever made fresh fish sticks. I cook fish all the time, so I’m not sure why I’ve never tried it. These Crispy Fish Sticks with Pineapple Salsa from Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations are going to change that. Fish sticks are great for dipping, so give your kiddo some sauce and let them go to town!
Here’s another one for those who are gluten free or enjoy a Paleo diet. Paleo Sloppy Joes from One Clever Chef. Bonus, these can be on the table in about 20 minutes, making them another great weekday option.
Another super comforting, super easy dish is this Chicken Broccoli Ziti shared by Nutmeg Nanny. It does not use jarred sauce. I repeat, no jarred sauce. Even kids will find this deliciously coated broccoli hard to resist.
Last, but not least, these Tuna Patties from The Rising Spoon look incredible! Tuna Patties have long been a favorite of mine, since they are mostly made up of pantry staples! Plus, they are so versatile. You can really through just about anything into them and it works.
Do you have “kid-approved” grown-up dinners of your own? Share them with us in the comments or drop us a line on our Facebook page.