5 Kid-Friendly Dinner Ideas

I’ve had negligent Mom guilt this week – working and traveling too much – and so I’m trying to focus more attention on my 6 year old. That includes dinnertime, so I’ve come up with some recipes that I know will make him happy – pasta and burgers and French toast on a stick. Because sometimes it has to be all about him… and satisfying my inner 6 year old at the same time.


free meal plan french toast kebabs recipejpgHow brilliant are these? French toast, bacon and fruit threaded onto bamboo skewers to eat with your fingers. So fun! Beats pancakes for dinner any day of the week.

French Toast Kebabs

Photo credit: Jan of Family Bites


free meal plan pasta shaved brussels sprouts recipeNoodles and bacon are always a hit around here – finely shaved Brussels sprouts make a delicious addition, and a great way to get your veggies in. It can always be omitted for the Brussels sprout Intolerant.

Pasta with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Photo credit: Gwendolyn of Patent and the Pantry


free meal plan Buffalo chicken burgers recipeThis calls for a spice rub and Schultz’s Gourmet hot sauce, which may be hard to find in Canada, but I find any barbecue rub a suitable replacement, and Franks Red Hot is perfect for buffalo sauce! Dial it down a bit for more sensitive palates.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Photo credit: Jaime of Sophistimom


free meal plan salmon croquettes recipeThe boys love salmon, and little cakes – these crispy patties are made with canned salmon, and Indian spices, which can be left out for those with more sensitive palates. For the grown-ups, they’re great served atop a salad or bed of fresh spinach.

Salmon Croquettes

Photo credit: Megan for Simple Bites


free meal plan one pot mac cheese recipeRather than order pizza, a big batch of creamy mac & cheese is simple to stir together, and satisfies everyone’s need for cheesy comfort food. A big bagged salad is all we need to make it a meal. (And maybe a pint of good ice cream and a few spoons!) To ramp things up, try stirring a torn handful of spinach into the finished pasta, or a few chopped sun-dried tomatoes, or sprinkle the top with a few crumbled slices of cooked bacon. Cubed leftover ham and frozen peas make it more substantial.

One Pot Mac and Cheese

About the Author:

Julie Van Rosendaal is the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, the author of five best-selling cookbooks, with a sixth - Alice Eats, the Wonderland Cookbook having just been released in October. She's the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and a freelance writer, contributing to local, national and international publications including Swerve, Avenue, Western Living and Readers Digest. She is also co-host of It’s Just Food on the OWN television network, and writes and is the photographer for her award-winning food blog,, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, Mike, and 8 year old son, Willem.

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