Dinner Recipes

A Cheesy Gift for Dad

Kids can make this delightful snack to honor their dad for Father's Day. This recipe is sure to make dad proud.

  • Complexity: easy

Beef Stew

A hearty stew can sure hit the spot on a blustery day, and this recipe offers lots of fun, hands-on work for kids learning to cook.

Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Omelet

What fillings to put into an omelet is a decision that can really bring out an aspiring chef's creativity. So while this classic combination is great for first-timers, once your child gets the hang of omelet making, encourage her to experiment with other.

  • Complexity: easy

Cheese-stuffed Meat Loaf

A delicious meal to make ahead of time, and save for a day when you are short on time. Just pop it in the oven and in no time you have a homecooked meal.

  • Complexity: easy

Cheesy Corn Casserole from Paraguay

This Latin American dish is less dense and more soufflé-like than similar versions made in the American South, but still has a flavor that's sure to please a crowd.

  • Complexity: easy

Chicken and Biscuit Pie

Topped with mini biscuits instead of pastry crust and amply filled with a saucy mix of chicken and your family's favorite veggies, this potpie is sure to warm you up on a wintry evening. Just don't count on leftovers.

  • Complexity: easy

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

This comforting recipe, fortified with cream and chicken, is a flavorful alternative to a basic mushroom soup.

  • Complexity: easy

Grandma Lulay's Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a perfect combo when you want a nice and hearty meal.

  • Complexity: easy

Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich

Maybe you can't get away on a tropical vacation just now, but this juicy chicken sandwich, topped with a slice of pineapple, will make you feel as if you have. Once you make the sauce -- which can be done hours or even a day ahead.

  • Complexity: easy

Hearty Spaghetti and Meatballs

Made with crumbled bread and simmered in a rich tomato sauce, the meatballs in this dish are notably tender and flavorful -- delicious served with pasta or as a hearty sandwich filling. The recipe makes a generous quantity.

  • Complexity: easy

Helen's One-Skillet Lasagna

Food writer Helen Wolt's skillet lasagna recipe is quick to assemble.

  • Complexity: medium

Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

Fried chicken gets a burst of Asian-inspired flavor in this easy-to-make recipe.

  • Complexity: easy

Kid Kebobs

This Saturday-night treat is quick to cook. All you need for sides are buttered egg noodles and salad or green beans.

  • Complexity: easy

Lasagna Soup

Turn a favorite meal, lasagna, into a soup with this tomato-y broth, brimming with sausage, pasta, and cheese.

Moroccan Lamb & Apricot Kebobs

Don't let this dish's distant origins fool you -- the classic flavors of North Africa are probably already in your spice cabinet.

  • Time: 55 min
  • Complexity: medium


Paella is a favorite traditional winter dish which is found in Spain as well as many countries in South America.

  • Time: 80 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Potato Mice

These baked-potato mice are almost too gorgeous to eat! Makes 4 potato mice.

  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Tomato Soup

The flavor of the freshly roasted tomatoes in this soup makes it so much tastier than store-bought.

Rub-a-dub Chicken

An easy rub makes this chicken simply mouthwatering and forms a gorgeous crust during grilling. Make a batch of the spicy powder, store it in your cupboard, and use it all summer long to give your chicken an outrageous zing.

  • Complexity: easy


This was the sort of spiffed-up burger a guy can actually prepare without gourmet credentials.


This was the sort of spiffed-up burger a guy can actually prepare without gourmet credentials.

  • Complexity: easy

Serve a Meal on Wheels

For a no-fuss dinner, bake up a fleet of drive-in hot dogs.

Sloppy Toms

A turkey-lover's alternative to a classic kids' meal, sloppy Joes.

  • Time: 40 min
  • Complexity: easy

Spaghetti Bolognese

A huge hit among both young and old. Follow this easy recipe to make the traditional Italian meat sauce the proper way, and serve with spaghetti, grated parmesan cheese and perhaps a slice or two of garlic bread.

Spice-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Barbecue Sauce

This pork tenderloin recipe gets its zip from an easy-to-make dry rub that's applied to the meat before grilling. The modified barbecue sauce is just the right consistency for dipping. (For a milder version, omit the hot sauce.)

  • Complexity: medium

Teriyaki Chicken with Roasted Scallions

Sweet and sticky, this chicken mixes kid-friendliness with sophistication. Scallions, a go-to ingredient in Japanese cooking, mellow when roasted.

  • Complexity: easy

The Very Tasty Caterpillar

Your child can't help the famously ravenous caterpillar turn into a butterfly, but she can help him metamorphose into a pizza! Shaping and topping dough are perfect jobs for a (supervised) young chef.

  • Complexity: easy

Wonderful Wonton Soup

Any Chinese restaurant worth its soy sauce can make a good wonton soup. But once you and your child try our version, you might never go back. Our tender dumplings are filled with pork and spices and then cooked and served in a flavorful broth. Thanks to easy-to-use wrappers, filling and folding the wontons goes quickly, especially when two people work together.

  • Complexity: easy

Yummy Gyros

Traditional Greek gyros (pronounced YEER-ohs) are made from minced lamb or beef that has been molded into a 20-pound cone and roasted on a spit. The meat is sliced, then wrapped in a pita with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki, a cucumber sauce.

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