These 20 kid-friendly meals are easy and delicious. And just as importantly, you can make them with what you already have on hand at home in the pantry.
(Please note that I can’t actually see into your pantry. If you’re missing an ingredient or two, well that’s between you and your pantry).
Whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy version of homemade mac and cheese, a delicious tuna pasta bake, or kid-friendly chicken meatballs that you can make at the end of a long day – I’ve got you covered.
And before I jump into the recipes, I also wanted to mention a few of my absolute favorite cookbooks for busy parents. If you get in a rut and want simple, easy to follow meal ideas, I would HIGHLY recommend Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach, as well as both Dinner Solved and The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman. These have been the best tools in my cooking arsenal, and I can use all the help I can get in the kitchen!
My own kids are ages 6, 3, and 1, and trust me when I say that I understand how painful a proposition dinner can be when you’re dealing with that age group!
My 3-year-old in particular seems to enjoying becoming his most defiant right at the moment the table setting goes out (by table setting I mean plastic plates and periodically, paper napkins. Not, like, fine china). It’s a special knack of his, just like his knack for making his body super stiff and impossible to buckle into a car seat when he doesn’t want to go somewhere.
But even picky children can sometimes be won over with a really appealing, kid-friendly meal option, and a good setup.
(We’ve found that using the Tripp Trapp chair (and Tripp Trapp accessories) at meals is very helpful for both our baby and toddler).
We all know about the importance of family meals, so we’ve got to find things that really work with our kids.
With that in mind, here are some great options for healthy and easy kid-friendly pantry meals.
Do you have a favorite kid-friendly pantry meal that’s a “go-to” in your family? Leave it in the comments below!
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