12 Deliciously addicting kids' foods that are not chicken nuggets

Jan 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Kids' food is kids' food for a reason: Kids love it. You'll be hard-pressed to find anything besides macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and pizza on a restaurant kids' menu.

But the truth is that we underestimate our kids. Kids will normally eat what we feed them. Sure, your child may have a penchant for chicken nuggets like every other tot in America, but that doesn't mean she won't enjoy other, nontraditional foods that are packed full of flavor.

Break out of the chicken nugget prison you're living in, and try one of these delicious kid food alternatives for dinner:

1. Baked chicken fingers

Baked chicken fingers

If your kid has just gotta have it, then baked chicken fingers are a much healthier choice than fast-food nuggets. "Spice" things up by serving a spicy dipping sauce instead of ketchup on the side.

2. Breakfast pizza

Breakfast pizza

Your kid can handle more than plain scrambled eggs in the morning — like this mouthwatering breakfast pizza omelet.

3. Cheese and fruit kebabs

Cheese and fruit

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Kebabs make the perfect after-school snack or dinner side dish. Even better, they'll keep your kid entertained because they're so fun to eat.

4. Mac 'n' cheese pancakes

Macaroni pancakes

Macaroni and cheese and pancakes? Say no more.

5. Panini

Panini

The panini is the upgraded grilled cheese, coming soon to a kids' menu near you.

6. Quesadilla

Quesadilla

This healthy variant on the traditionally bland quesadilla will have your kid screaming — for more.

7. Quiche

Quiche

Quiche is one of the easiest and most delicious things you can throw in your kid's hands on the way out the door in the morning.

8. Salmon cakes

Salmon cakes

Potato salmon cakes are better than frozen fish sticks any day of the week. Serve with ketchup, if they insist.

9. Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash

Dress this up as traditional spaghetti, and you won't hear any complaints.

10. Sweet potato nachos

Sweet potato nachos

No kid has ever turned down delectable nachos in the history of ever.

11. Tofu burgers

Tofu burger

A fun alternative to a family favorite.

12. Vegetable fried rice

Fried rice

Serve this in good conscience, knowing you sneaked even more green stuff into your kid's meal.

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