Do you ever find it tricky getting your kids excited for dinner? It happens in the best of families. You’re often trying to cook something quick and nutritional that also gets the thumbs up from the toughest critics – your kids. Well, there’s good news: there are 17 family-friendly recipes that’ll make your kids ask for more. They’re the kind that makes your family not only clear their plates but also ask for seconds, and maybe even thirds!

A plate of porcupine meatballs covered in tomato sauce and garnished with fresh basil.
Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

A grilled steak with cowboy butter on a white plate.
Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Nothing ends the day quite like a perfectly grilled steak, topped off with a rich flavor that compliments it right in, creating a meal that’s both hearty and a hit with the whole table. Grilled steaks with cowboy butter is casual enough for a family night but feels special like a weekend treat. Every bite prompts smiles and, quite often, requests for more. It’s one of those meals that makes everyone look forward to dinner time.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

Wild Rice Salad

Wild rice salad served on a white rectangular plate.
Wild Rice Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Refreshing and packed with textures that pop with every bite, this wild rice salad is perfect for those warmer days or when you just need something lighter. It pairs nicely with any main dish, but don’t be surprised if the kids start calling it their favorite part of the meal. It’s the sort of dish you hope has leftovers, so lunch tomorrow can be just as enjoyable.
Get the Recipe: Wild Rice Salad

Leftover Steak Soft Tacos

Top-down shot of two Leftover Steak Soft Tacos on a slate board.
Leftover Steak Soft Tacos. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Use again last night’s steak into something extraordinary with a unique twist reminiscent of your comfort food. They’re quick to assemble, mouthwatering, and most importantly, kid-approved. Leftover steak soft tacos recipe is proof that leftovers can be transformed into a meal that has everyone rushing to the table and asking for more. Plus, who doesn’t love a good taco night?
Get the Recipe: Leftover Steak Soft Tacos

Honey Walnut Shrimp

A plate of Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp served on a white rectangular dish.
Honey Walnut Shrimp. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Serve this sweet and delicious crunch of honey walnut shrimp, a dish that combines various flavors that will be a hit for your kids. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser that effortlessly brings everyone into the table, including picky eaters and those looking for something a bit different. It’s the kind of meal where your children will be reaching back into the serving dish until it’s all gone.
Get the Recipe: Honey Walnut Shrimp

Homemade Cheddar Bacon Loaded Tots

A tray of cheddar bacon loaded tater tots, drizzled with Alfredo sauce, with a hand-picking one up.
Homemade Cheddar Bacon Loaded Tots. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Think of your kids’ surprised looks when a plate of homemade cheddar bacon loaded tots hits the table, with its promise of cheesy goodness and a hint of bacon in every bite. It’s a fun twist on a familiar favorite, and the kids might not even realize they’re enjoying something made from scratch. It’s a dish that’ll have everyone staying at the dinner table, hoping for just one more tot.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Cheddar Bacon Loaded Tots

Rigatoni alla Vodka

A hand holding a fork over a bowl of Fornaio Rigatoni Alla Vodka on a wooden table.
Rigatoni alla Vodka. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Sometimes, a classic like rigatoni alla vodka is just what’s needed — a creamy, comforting pasta dish that’s simple but absolutely delicious. Kids seem to love this type of dish, and the sauce always invites a request for an extra spoonful or two. It’s the kind of meal that quiets the room for a moment as everyone digs in, then asks when they can have it again. Make sure to prepare a lot more than the usual because they will eat it until there’s none left.
Get the Recipe: Rigatoni alla Vodka

Classic Diner-Style Salisbury Steak

A plate of Salisbury steak with gravy on mashed potatoes, and a side of peas on a white square dish.
Classic Diner-Style Salisbury Steak. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Who doesn’t love a bit of that diner vibe at home? Classic diner-style Salisbury steak is exactly that – a comforting, familiar meal that’s like a warm hug on a plate. It’s bound to become a regular at your dinner table, especially when everyone’s eyes light up the moment you mention making it. Trust me, after the first time, your kids will be asking for it again and again.
Get the Recipe: Classic Diner-Style Salisbury Steak

Panda Express-Style Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken in a bowl with a bowl of rice in the background.
Panda Express-Style Kung Pao Chicken. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

For those nights when takeout cravings hit, but you still want to gather around the home table, a homemade Panda Express-style Kung Pao Chicken does the trick. It brings the essence of your favorite takeout with a homemade twist, and you can bet the kids will be queuing up for seconds. It’s a lively dish full of flavor and often will make for laughter-filled family stories.
Get the Recipe: Panda Express-Style Kung Pao Chicken

Crispy Shallot Pork Croquettes

Copycat HelloFresh Crispy Shallot Croquettes on a white plate with tomatoes and broccoli.
Crispy Shallot Pork Croquettes. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these crispy shallot pork croquettes are the kind of finger food that everyone can’t stop reaching for. They work great as an appetizer or a main course, and kids seem to love them for their crunch and unique twist. It’s always nice to have a recipe in your back pocket that excites everyone when they hear it’s what’s for dinner.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Shallot Pork Croquettes

Easy Salmon Pasta Salad

A bowl of salmon pasta salad with a creamy dressing, garnished with a sprig of dill.
Easy Salmon Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

You wouldn’t believe how a dish like easy salmon pasta salad can pack so much flavor. It’s light yet fulfilling, kind of like finding a new favorite regular kitchen staple for your kids. It’s got that perfect mix of healthy and fresh that doesn’t weigh you down, match it up with its surprising twist of flavors. Give it a shot, and before you know it, your kids are already asking for more.
Get the Recipe: Easy Salmon Pasta Salad

Homemade Alice Springs Chicken

Close-up of a hand holding a fork with a bite of copycat Alice spring chicken.
Homemade Alice Springs Chicken. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

You know, there’s just something about whipping up a homemade Alice Springs chicken right in your own kitchen. It’s like bringing that restaurant taste home – rich, fulfilling, and oh-so-delicious. It’s the kind of meal that makes dinner feel like you’ve gone out, without actually having to go out. And let me tell you, it’s such a hit that you’ll find your kids coming back for seconds or even thirds, and just like that, you’ve got a new favorite to add to your meal regulars.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Alice Springs Chicken

Copycat Philly Cheesesteak Loaded Tots

A tray of loaded tater tots topped with Alfredo sauce, scallions, and green onions on a wooden table next to plates and utensils.
Copycat Philly Cheesesteak Loaded Tots. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Think about taking the best of your favorite takeout cheesesteak and combining it with everyone’s go-to-snack. The result is a plate of copycat Philly cheesesteak loaded tots that disappears as fast as it’s made. It’s a dish that packs a flavorful punch and has everyone sharing their favorite part of the meal — though it’s hard to pick just one. Your kids will surely love this healthy, affordable, and easy to create dish.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Philly Cheesesteak Loaded Tots

Carne Molida for Taco Night

A plate of Mexican carne molida with lime wedges served on a wooden table with a striped cloth on the side.
Carne Molida for Taco Night. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Your family dinner just leveled up with this dish on the table. Carne Molida for taco night turns dinner into an interactive experience where everyone gets to build their dream taco—trust me, they’ll be circling back to that toppings spread more than once. It’s not just about eating; it’s about having fun, chatting it up, and really enjoying the moment. You can bet this will be one of those meals where no one leaves the table without a smile and a full belly.
Get the Recipe: Carne Molida for Taco Night

Sheet Pan Lemon-Rosemary Chicken

A platter of sheet pan lemon-rosemary chicken with lemon slices, herbs, and garnished with cherry tomatoes.
Sheet Pan Lemon-Rosemary Chicken. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Sheet pan lemon-rosemary chicken’s appeal to your family lies in its simplicity and the way the aroma fills up the kitchen, drawing everyone together with anticipation. It is a dish that’s flavorful, juicy, and comforting — the kind where you’ll be passing the pan around for those irresistible crispy bits that everyone loves. Plus, it’s an easy-going meal that just feels like a big warm hug at the end of a long day.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Lemon-Rosemary Chicken

Pizza Pasta Salad

A platter of pizza pasta salad served on a white rectangular dish.
Pizza Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Combining pizza and pasta in one dish? Yep, pizza pasta salad does just that and it’s as fun to eat as it sounds. Kids especially get a kick out of it, curious to try something that looks and tastes so cool. It’s the perfect playful addition to any meal, sparking conversations and making everyone agree it should come back again. Plus, it’s super easy to toss together, which makes it all the more appealing for busy evenings.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Pasta Salad

Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

A plate of porcupine meatballs covered in tomato sauce and garnished with fresh basil.
Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

There’s something about the ease of slow cooker porcupine meatballs that makes the meal as stress-free as it is delicious. The slow simmering means every bite is going to be bursting with that deep, saucy goodness that even the pickiest eaters can’t say no to. So, you get to kick back and relax, knowing a crowd-pleasing dinner is sorted and ready when you are.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

California Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict with ham and avocado on an English muffin served on a black plate.
California Eggs Benedict. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Bringing breakfast to the dinner table with California eggs benedict is a surefire way to mix things up. It gives sunny flavors, turning an ordinary evening meal into something a little more interesting. It’s a fun variation that adds excitement to dinnertime and, believe it or not, it’s kid-approved—often sending them back for seconds. Switching up the meal routine with this dish keeps everyone at the table guessing what’s next and totally fulfilled.
Get the Recipe: California Eggs Benedict

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