Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes to make for your family this summer that won’t keep you in the hot kitchen for hours? This list has all of our family’s favorites. You’re gonna love these summer dinner ideas for kids!
Easy Summer Dinner Recipes [Kids will Actually Eat]
Easy Summer Dinner Ideas for Kids
Isn't summer the best season ever?
In our family we love grilling, eating out on our patio and enjoying simple meals that we can throw together in a matter of minutes.
This list is full of easy summer dinner recipes for families.
In fact, if your kids like to help out in the kitchen or are learning to cook, there are a ton of easy recipes that they can make.
You'll notice that these recipes include lots of foods on sticks, pastas and kid-friendly vegetables to please even the pickiest of palates.
I know that your kids are going to love these summer meals as much as mine do!
This Pizza Pasta Salad has all of the wonderful flavors of pizza- just in a pasta salad version! If your kids love pizza and pasta, they will love this creation. This dish will be perfect on a hot summer day.
In the summertime, you don't always want to turn on the oven. That's why this campfire pizza is perfect! Kids will love helping out with this one because they can each put on their own toppings. Then simply wrap in foil and toss on the grill!
Wanna know a little secret? Kids loves love anything that's rolled up in a tortilla. Especially when it's filled with a yummy mixture of turkey, bacon and cheese. My family loves these for dinner in the summer, and I love them because I can make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge!
Tacos are a summer classic! A family-favorite dinner, this delicious taco pizza recipe is made with a crescent roll crust and simple ingredients. It’s quick and easy too; you can whip up this filling meal in 30 minutes or less!
This fast and easy Pizza Pasta Salad will be a hit at any event. It takes the delicious flavors of a supreme pizza and brings them to a table in the form of a delicious pasta dish! It’s’ the perfect summer salad recipe.
These lettuce wraps are so yummy you will want to add them to your meal plan rotation. I added red bell pepper, but you could add shredded carrots, or green onion, or green bell pepper. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces for a quick, fun and delicious dinner!
An easy pasta salad, made with plenty of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes and covered with a mayo based dressing. You can choose to cut the tomatoes large enough for kids to pick out, or do a small dice so they are so small they don't even notice them.
These are mini stuffed crust cheesy pepperoni pizzas made in a muffin tin. The base of these little pizzas is a store-bought biscuit wrapped around melty cheese sticks. Add your favorite pizza toppings, and you’ve got the perfect hand-held pizza to enjoy. This will quickly become a weeknight favorite.
Chicken bow tie pasta salad is the perfect summer salad! It combines so many delicious ingredients with the crunch of cashews and creamy coleslaw dressing. Kids will love the sweetness of the fruit and moms will love how easy and healthy it is.
Pretty, colorful Kid-Friendly Confetti Rice is a sure way to get the kids to eat their veggies! Ready in 20 minutes, this recipe is easy, cheap, and just a perfect, healthy dish for my family during the summer. Just toss in some diced chicken breast to add a little protein and dinner is ready!
Delicious Meatball Foil Packet Meals are so easy to make in the oven or outside on a grill! This easy foil packet dinner idea is amazing because it’s an entire entire meal with easy clean up in the foil packet! They have juicy meatballs, crisp tater tots, vegetables and of course cheese for an entire meal in a foil packet!
One of my kids’ favorite things to eat when we’re home for lunch, like all summer long, is quesadillas. And I’m happy to make them because they are quick and easy to put together and cook. The other day it occurred to me that pizza toppings might make for a mighty fine quesadilla, so I decided to experiment a bit. And boy were my guinea pigs (ages 7, 5, and 2) happy with the results!
These Cheesy Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos are fun and kid-friendly food that you can make in under 30 minutes. These Tex-Mex franks, wrapped in corn tortillas with cheddar cheese and baked or air fried, are one of our favorite quick and easy summer dinner ideas.
Chicken Macaroni Salad! A delicious cross between a creamy pasta salad and a chicken salad. Super easy to throw together and a great way to use up leftover chicken. Perfect for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner and great for summer BBQs and picnics as well!
Tostadas are an easy, Mexican inspired recipe perfect for feeding the entire family any night of the week. Crispy, crunchy corn tortillas topped with creamy homemade refried beans, cheese, corn, avocado and shredded lettuce. Our Tostada recipe is packed with the classic flavors and textures for a mouthwatering meal! And since you can customize them as much as you want, you know everyone will end the meal full and happy.
Skip the takeaway and try this homemade chipotle burrito bowl instead! Layered with rice, ground beef, beans, corn, fresh veggies, and cheese, this quick and easy burrito bowl recipe is easily customized.
Summer is the perfect time to try fun dinner ideas - like these grilled cheese hot dogs. The perfect combination of two kids' favorites all rolled into one family-friendly meal.
There you have it mama! Tons of kid-friendly dinner recipes to make this summer!
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Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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