20 Healthy Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes

As a busy mom, I always like to have easy, delicious recipes on hand. I’ve rounded up my top 20 kid-friendly dinner recipes, just in time for back to school.

Liz and Kids Making Hummus

As part of my health journey, one takeaway continues to ring true: Harness the power of flavor. When the school season starts up for my two boys, you can find me starting to whip out easy, yet flavor-packed dinner recipes.

row of baked chicken taquitos on a plate

If you’re a parent too, amid busy school weeknights, sometimes you might feel like you’ve slipped into a recipe rut. That’s ok ⁠— we all need a little bit of inspiration sometimes ⁠— like these baked chicken taquitos. YUM!

adding Seasoning for Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

One of my favorite cooking methods during the school year is the slow cooker. It’s a convenient way to cook a wide variety of foods and to feed hungry kiddos coming home from a busy day at school. All you have to do is throw fresh ingredients into a crockpot while you do other tasks and it’s ready four or five hours later for dinner.

Oven Baked Chicken Parm

I’m also a fan of using my oven for sheet pan recipes. What about you? Do you have a recipe that’s an absolute hit with your kids?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you share some meal prep tips?

Which kid-approved snack recipes do you recommend?

My chocolate zucchini carrot bread and chewy oatmeal raisin bars are tasty and kid-approved! And if you want ideas for on-the-go with kids, check out my 20 portable healthy snack ideas.

What are your favorite healthy breakfast recipes for school days?

My ham and cheese baked egg cups are a hit in my household. My kids also love this overnight chia seed pudding. Check out my breakfast recipes for more ideas.

liz eating enchilada farro

I’m certain these recipes will help make dinner time easier for you! Without further ado, here are my top 20 kid-friendly healthy dinner recipes.

20 Healthy Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes

Chicken Enchilada Farro Bake
6 reader reviews / 4.17 stars average
35 minutes
A flavorful, one-pot dinner the whole family will love, this Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Farro Bake is protein-packed and loaded with fresh veggies.
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fork full of chicken enchilada farro bake
Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan
Yay or Nay?
35 minutes
Chicken breasts are coated in a light and crunchy parmesan and herb panko coating then baked until crispy.
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Sweet and Spicy Baked Salmon
4 reader reviews / 4 stars average
25 minutes
My baked salmon is packed in flavor and provides the perfect balance of spicy, salty, sour and sweet.
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Sweet and Spicy Baked Salmon 08 WEB
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
11 reader reviews / 4.37 stars average
4 hours 10 minutes
This easy slow cooker chili combines chicken, white beans, diced green chilis, and all of your favorite Mexican spices into a delicious, protein-packed dinner – perfect for busy weeknights.
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Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili with Chips
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
5 reader reviews / 4.6 stars average
40 minutes
Chicken fajitas just got even easier with this one pan, sheet-pan recipe! Chicken is roasted in the oven with peppers and onions.
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Healthy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe
Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
17 reader reviews / 4.53 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
This easy baked chicken recipe is made with sweet potatoes, garlic, onions and white wine. Simple, comforting and delicious!
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Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with White Wine
Apple Cider Roasted Pork Tenderloin
21 reader reviews / 4.67 stars average
40 minutes
Rubbed with fragrant spices, this apple cider roasted pork tenderloin is perfectly tender every time! An amazingly easy and fool-proof tenderloin recipe!
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Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Recipe
Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sliders with Pickled Red Onions
13 reader reviews / 3.54 stars average
4 hours 10 minutes
These sweet and smoky pulled beef sliders are topped with tangy pickled red onions. The perfect recipe for entertaining a crowd!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Slider Recipe
Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce
189 reader reviews / 4.11 stars average
35 minutes
Chicken broccoli pasta gets kicked up a notch with a simple, yet flavorful, white wine butter sauce bursting with fresh lemon flavor.
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Chicken Broccoli Pasta Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce
Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon
36 reader reviews / 4.45 stars average
20 minutes
A quick and easy weeknight dinner, roasted salmon is brushed with a fresh and flavorful honey mustard sauce the whole family will love.
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Honey Mustard Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe
Sausage Pizza Stuffed Peppers
4 reader reviews / 5 stars average
50 minutes
These gluten free sausage stuffed peppers are stuffed with Italian sausage, Riced Veggies and shredded mozzarella cheese.
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Cheesy Sausage Pizza Stuffed Peppers Gluten Free Dinner Recipe
Baked Chicken Taquitos
Yay or Nay?
30 minutes
A healthy spin-off of the Tex-Mex classic, these baked chicken taquitos are not fried! Packed with juicy chicken and topped with cotija cheese, these hand-held taquitos are crunchy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious.
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chicken taquitos with avocado and cojita cheese
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
Yay or Nay?
4 hours 20 minutes
Turkey meatballs are slowly cooked in a homemade marinara sauce until tender. Made without any breadcrumbs, this meatball recipe is gluten free.
Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
Sheet Pan Lebanese Chicken Shawarma
5 stars from 1 vote
50 minutes
These Lebanese-spiced baked chicken thighs are perfect for enjoying over rice, slicing and serving in a pita wrap or tossing over a salad.
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Lebanese Baked Chicken Thighs
Sheet Pan Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes
56 reader reviews / 4.52 stars average
40 minutes
A riff off the ballpark classic, this sheet pan dinner recipe is made with hearty Italian sausage, buttery Little potatoes, and roasted bell peppers.
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Sheet Pan Sausage Peppers and Potatoes closeup
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
6 reader reviews / 4.84 stars average
4 hours 10 minutes
This warm and comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe is filled with bold Italian flavors, tender chicken and hearty vegetables.
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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
5 stars from 1 vote
25 minutes
This fragrant beef and broccoli stir-fry recipe is made with fresh ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil. A perfect 15-minute dinner recipe!
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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe - a healthy Asian dinner
Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Greens
11 reader reviews / 4.82 stars average
20 minutes
This bright and flavorful shrimp pasta recipe is made with hearty whole wheat linguine, plump shrimp and fresh lemon juice.
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Lemony Shrimp Pasta with Greens - a healthy dinner recipe
Oven Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes
24 reader reviews / 4.59 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
Pork chops are oven baked with potatoes, tomatoes and sauerkraut in this easy and delicious sheet pan dinner recipe. 
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Oven Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes
Taco Salad Bowls with Ground Beef
5 stars from 1 vote
20 minutes
These taco salad bowls are piled high with seasoned ground beef, creamy avocado, fresh veggies and crunchy tortilla chips.
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Taco Salad Bowl Recipe

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