Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes for Kids (That They Will Actually Eat)

What is better on warm summer evenings than delicious easy healthy family dinners you can basically throw together, and that the kids will actually eat and enjoy?

I know, "Throw Together?" "Delicious?" "Kid-friendly dinner?" All in the same sentence, these descriptions sound, well, can we say, not realistic??

But hang on, don't shake your head and leave just yet. Give me a chance to show you some fun family dinner ideas for summer that really will have you thinking, "Hey, just maybe this gal is not crazy after all!"

Come on, give me a chance. I promise if you do not find something on the list you want to make, then you don't ever have to come back (but I hope you will!!)

Okay, deal? Here we go.

1. Taco Cones

Photo: Two Healthy Kitchens

Okay, what 'ya think? Kids love ice cream cones, so why not dinner served in a waffle cone??  This fun creative taco cones recipe should intrigue even the pickiest of the pickiest eaters. Even adult picky eaters.

2. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These pizza puffs look and are such a fun way to spice up a traditional homemade pizza recipe.

Add your family's favorite pizza ingredients and watch these cheesy pepperoni pizza puffs disappear like magic.

3. Rainbow Fruit Salad

Photo: Cooking Classy

Make this irresistible rainbow fruit salad with sweet honey lime dressing for an easy summer meal, and chances are it will quickly become a favorite healthy dinner idea for kids. 

Even if a fussy eater picks at the fruit he or she will eat, they are bound to get at least some healthy fresh fruit in them. 

Add some corn on the cob and bbq chicken for a true summer evening dinner idea.

4. Cheeseburger Cups

Photo Credit: Ethan Calabrese

Forget the plain old hamburger bun and instead, make eating cheeseburgers fun for kids by making this dinnertime muffin tin recipe to create "cups" out of bread. This is meal kids will love ( and grown-ups too!) After all, what is better than enjoying a no fork needed dinner?

5. Salmon Fish Sticks

Picture Courtesy of A Sweet Pea Chef

If your kids love frozen fish sticks (maybe you have a box of frozen fish sticks in your freezer right now?) then definitely consider making super-healthy homemade salmon fish sticks.

Keep in mind that typically even the healthiest frozen fish sticks do not contain the same amount of Omega 3 Fats as salmon does. That is because store-bought fish sticks are usually made from cod, haddock or pollock - all fish that contain less Omega-3 than salmon.

If you love salmon, chances are your kids will love salmon too.  Give it a try, because - why not?

6. Mini Chicken Sloppy Joes

Photo Credit: Ryan Dausch

This mini sloppy joes recipe makes a quick summer dinner idea when you don't feel like cooking.

You can freeze cooked meatballs for up to two months, as well as the sauce for the Sloppy Joes (just freeze them in separate containers.)

Besides being easy peasy to make, these sliders are fun kid-sized food that even fussy eaters will be tempted to try.

7.  Easy Cheesy Taco Roll-Ups

Cheesy taco roll-ups is a super easy meal for a family on the move this summer. These are made with seasoned ground beef, but you could easily make them with ground turkey as well.

The only other ingredients you need is pizza dough (frozen will work just fine!) and cheese. Of course, if there is other good stuff you would like to add in, go for it!

8.  Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Photo Courtesy of Old House to New Home

This muffin tin mini macaroni and cheese bites recipe made with herbed cheese and pasta is a perfect meal idea for kids and a quick dinner idea for busy moms.

Even better, mini macaroni and cheese bites can be prepped ahead of time. Just keep refrigerated until you are ready to pop these cheesy muffin delights in the oven.

9.  Easy Chicken and Tomato Pesto Spaghetti 

Photo: Picky Palate

This deliciously healthy chicken and tomato pesto pasta will be a kid favorite recipe because we all know kids love plain and simple when it comes to food.

(And if tomatoes are an 'ick' factor in your house, just skip them. It's all good.)

If you are looking for easy kid-friendly family dinner ideas, put this recipe at the top of your list.

10. Waffle Grilled Cheese Recipe

Picture: Feast

Waffles make a fun twist on traditional grilled cheese sandwiches. 

You can use homemade waffles, but frozen waffle grilled cheese sandwiches will more than likely be a hit as well with kids if you are looking for a quick dinner idea.

Just an FYI, this particular waffle grilled cheese recipe includes an herb cheese spread, which although sounds amazing for grown-ups, you may want to skip if making these sandwiches for kids.

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