40 Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes to Make This Summer
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!
On to the recipes!
COOKING WITH KIDS: SUMMER SALAD IN A JAR
You can give your kids complete control over what to put in the jar! They will love layering the ingredients in the jar like a craft activity.
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad
Easy Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese Bombs
These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Biscuits are not only easy to make, but they're also delicious- making them the perfect weeknight dinner, appetizer, or school lunch idea.
Healthy After School Snacks
The kids just got home from school and they are STARVING! If you're not prepared, they will eat everything in sight and then when dinner comes around they'll say, "I'm not hungry".
Today we're sharing a ton of healthy after school snack ideas and recipes that you can make quickly and feel good about.
Summer dinner won't get any easier than this. Fresh fruit and dino-nuggets on a stick will be a kid-pleaser!
Easy 10 Minute Kid-Friendly Pizza Bake
We all know that kids love pizza and this quick recipes takes only 10 minutes to put together and will be in the oven for less than 30 minutes. Perfect for those lazy (or busy) summer nights!
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!
Grilled Picnic Taco Nachos
Keep the heat outside with munchy nachos. A foil pan takes them from grill to dinner table in just minutes. Let kids get in on the fun by adding their favorite nacho toppings.
The Best Grilled Chicken Tenders
These grilled chicken tenders are delicious and easy to make. They are marinated and grilled on an outdoor grill or a grill pan. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!
Chicken Nugget Dinner on a Stick
Super Easy Walking Tacos Recipe
Kids will think that this recipe is the funnest thing ever! Young cooks can make these themselves and feel super cool!
Turkey Ranch Roll Ups Recipe
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!
The Best Easy Taco Pizza Recipe
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!
Pizza Pasta Salad recipe: Summer Salad recipe
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.
Quick and Crunchy Lettuce Wraps 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!
15-Minute BLT Pasta Salad
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.
Easy Pizza Muffins with Biscuits
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.
Lunch Meat Lettuce Wraps
Kid friendly favorites come together to give a summer makeover to a classic sandwich.
Mediterranean Chopped Salad Pitas
This is an easy no-cook, vegetarian dinner idea. Kids will love the fluffy and yummy pita bread full of veggies coated in a tasty dressing.
Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
Garlic Bread Pizza Grilled Cheese
This quick and easy dinner idea is sure to be a hit with your kids this summer! A great recipe to get them to help out in the kitchen and eager to eat!
Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Grapes and Cashews
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.
Kid-Friendly Confetti Rice
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!
Easy, Cheesy BBQ Chicken Wraps
These are filled with summer-y barbecue flavors, but you don't have to fire up the grill, or heat up your kitchen! And they take less than 10 minutes to make!
BBQ Pineapple Chicken Kabobs
All kids love food on a stick! These quick and easy chicken kabobs are nice and sweet thanks to pineapple and sweet bbq sauce...your kids will approve!
Tater Tot Meatball Foil Packet Meals
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!
Copycat Ruby Tuesday Ranch Pasta Salad
This cold-served pasta salad is full of kid favorites like diced ham, rotini pasta and a creamy dressing.
Pizza Quesadillas (Pizzadillas)
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!
Kid-Friendly Asian Chicken Salad Recipe
Chicken strips get added to a pre-bagged asian salad kit for a quick summer dinner idea that's easy enough for kids to make!
Cheesy Mexican Hot Dog Taquitos
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.
Watermelon & Chicken Salad
Kids love watermelon and kids love chicken. Toss those two together and you've got a great kid-friendly summer meal that is healthy and delicious!
Pickle Dip Pinwheels
My kids love pickles, ham and tortillas so these Pickle Dip Pinwheels are a huget make ahead, no-cook summer dinner hit in our house.
Chicken Macaroni Salad (Easy and Delicious)
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!
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick
Everything is more fun & tastier when it’s on a stick. When the temperature outside climbs, grill up some Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick for a sweet, salty, & tasty meal.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
Keep your home cool & forget about turning on the stove when making this cheesy pasta meal. Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti is just the thing to keep kids & adults happy on summer evenings
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.
Hawaiian Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Coconut Rice
Hawaiian Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Coconut Rice are perfect for an easy and healthy grilled dinner! Made with delicious marinated chicken, fresh pineapple, bell peppers and red onions
Cream Cheese Pasta
Cream cheese pasta- a delicious vegetarian pasta recipe that's made with only 10 basic ingredients and gets ready in less than 20 minutes. A quick, easy, comforting dish that's loved by everyone.
Easy Chicken Fajita Foil Packets
These 5 ingredient Chicken Fajita Foil Packets are simple weeknight summer dinner idea that the whole family will love.
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sliders
In the mood for barbecue but don’t want to turn on the oven? Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sliders with an easy homemade barbecue sauce and coleslaw will do the trick!
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli Recipe
There's no need to turn on the oven when you make this yummy Beef and Broccoli because it's all done in the slow cooker! You'll love how easy this is to make and your family will gobble it up
Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe
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.
Easy Meatball Tacos
You can make your meatballs from scratch or use the frozen version from the grocery store to make this fun recipe perfect for Taco Tuesday!
Grilled Cheese Hot Dogs
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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