I don’t know about you, but dinner time can be stressful in my house. If you have kids then you get it, if you don’t then you’re probably asking yourself why.
Well, newsflash, kids are just plain picky and stubborn eaters. One time it took 30 minutes for us to convince my 3-year-old to eat a bite of chicken and dumplings. She kept insisting (with the tenacity of a bulldog) that it was gross. No matter how many times we told her how good it was and that she needed to at least take a ‘no thank you’ bite, she still sat on that hill and to her that’s where she was going to die.
It wasn’t until she realized that if she didn’t at least try the chicken and dumplings she wasn’t getting hot coco at the Christmas lights show we were about to go to. So, she took a bite. Would you like to guess what happened next?
Yep she ate the WHOLE ENTIER THING.
There wasn’t 1 bite left in her bowl, even though she insisted it was “gross.” To this day that is one of her favorite meals.
I’d like to say that we get our kids to eat whatever we cook but I’d be lying. Sometimes I make things too spicy, sometimes they really don’t like it even after trying a bite, sometimes they are stubborn and will not give in for any number of bribes, and sometimes they snack entirely too often. It’s motherhood and if you’re one of those amazing parents that can get your kid to eat anything then give yourself a clap and scroll on.
If you struggle like I do, then here are 10 great family friendly recipes that I can get my kids to eat 95% of the time. They are all super easy and downright delicious. Yes there are 12 but 2 of the recipes are side dishes for the main recipe but they come from 2 different links.
This meal is DELISIOUS! It’s not healthy, by any means, but ohh boy is it delicious. Most of the time this meal will have us coming back for seconds. It’s even great the next day as leftovers.
This recipe comes from one of my top favorite food blogs, Don’t Go Bacon My Heart. The author is a chef out of the UK and his meals are so stinking delicious. This may see simple but don’t let it fool you. The first time I made this my husband and I were drooling at the mouth and going back for seconds. My children had only crumbs left on their pate when they got finished.
This chili recipe is my go to and I’ve lost track on how many times I’ve made it. I think the thing that takes it over the edge is the bacon, so don’t go skipping the bacon.
I don’t know the last time I used a plain jar of spaghetti sauce for our spaghetti. Once I found this recipe I was hooked. It’s super harty and chalk full of flavor. I make a few minor changes to this recipe. I only use 1lb of ground beef not 1.5. I use Mild Italian Sausage because my kids don’t do spicy. I use Beef Broth not White Wine. I use a jar of Newman’s Own Sockarooni spaghetti sauce instead of Marinara. Lastly, instead of 2T of dried parsley I use 2T of Italian seasoning.
This is hands down the most asked for recipe by my kids. It’s a labor of love because it take a while to make homemade dough, but the taste is out of this world and so worth it. I make this recipe by the book!
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This Hibachi Chicken recipe is killer. It will have you feeling like a master chef because you will honestly think you just ordered take out but in reality, you cooked that crap yourself!! The only thing I do different is I cook my root vegetables with some water and cook them longer than called for.
Don’t forget the yum yum sauce below to go with it.
This sauce is a perfect match for the Hibachi Chicken above. I don’t know about you but if a sauce will make my kids eat more of their meal, I will give them a sauce any day of the week. This sauce was a big hit for my kids. They loved it so much they wanted to just eat it with a spoon.
I’ve tried a handful of creamy beef and shells recipes but this one is my favorite. I think it’s the marinara that takes it over the top. Most other recipes call for tomatoe sauce or soup. Using the marinara gives this dish a bolder flavor.
I hate store bought enchilada sauce. It’s not a once size fits all kind of situation. Enchilada taste vastly different from 1 brand to the next. Too many times I have bought a brand only to be disappointed and hungry. When I saw this recipe, I was hesitant to give it a try but took a chance anyway. Man am I glad I did! This enchilada recipe is simple, homemade down to the sauce, and exploding with beautiful flavor!
I pair this Spanish Rice recipe with the enchiladas. Most of the time I will add in extra tomatoe sauce and spices because I like bold flavor.
This is another classic recipe in our house. I make this one often because my kids eat it so well. After you make it the first time you won’t go back to the seasoning packets or craving take out anymore. Promise!
I’ll be honest. This is a hit or miss recipe with my kids. Sometimes they love it and sometimes they are as stubborn and picky as a mule. I have found the best thing for this recipe is to buy good quality sausage and fresh tomatoes. Meaning this recipe is best made in the summer time. Either way I love it and will make it for my husband and I and let the kids have chicken noodle soup or a PB&J.
I know dinner can be difficult and kids can be beyond picky, but hopefully with this list you will find some great family favorites to add to your collection.