Kid favorites made from scratch

Aug 31, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. ET

Kids are very particular about what they eat, but that doesn't mean you're destined to live off food from boxes and the frozen section for the next 10 years. These kid-approved dishes are made from scratch and perfect for the whole family.

French fries alla carbonara

French fries alla carbonara

Drive right past that drive-through window and head home. You're making these easy homemade fries tonight and the whole family will be impressed.

Mini corn dog muffins

Mini corn dog muffins

Skip those frozen corn dogs and make this version instead.

Crispy fish bites with chili lime tartar sauce

Crispy fish bites with chili lime tartar sauce

You'll never buy frozen fish sticks again once you make these fish bites. The adults will love the chili lime tartar sauce, but offer the kids ketchup, as well.

Cheeseburger pizza

Cheeseburger pizza

You can't really go wrong with kids and pizza, but this cheeseburger version is sure to be a winner. Let them help choose their favorite toppings before you throw it in the oven.

Cheesy garlic bread

Cheesy garlic bread

You took the whole family to a neighborhood Italian restaurant, and all the kid would eat is garlic bread with cheese. Skip the expensive bill and make it at home.

Chicken quinoa and sweet potato nuggets

Chicken quinoa and sweet potato nuggets

These chicken nuggets are much healthier than the frozen or drive-through version, and they're much tastier. Thankfully, they look just like the junk food the kids are used to.

Butternut squash mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions

Butternut squash mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions

The butternut squash blends right into the cheese in this dish, making it an easy way to sneak in some extra veggies. No one turns down anything topped with bacon, right?

Hearty pasta with beef ragu

Hearty pasta with beef ragu

Kids love pasta, but spaghetti every week gets old. Mix it up with this more grown-up pasta dish your kids will still love.

Meatball lollipops with easy marinara dipping sauce

Meatball lollipops with easy marinara dipping sauce

It's amazing how much more likely kids are to eat something if you just put it on a stick. These meatballs are no exception.

More food for kids

Shaped fruit skewers
Crabby patty sandwiches
Breakfast pizzas kids will love

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