Who doesn’t love easy dinner ideas—especially if they’re delicious and kid-friendly? These 3-ingredient recipes are a cinch to put together, and they’re simple enough that the kids can lend a hand too. The best part? Your grocery store run just got so much easier. Keep reading to get the scoop.
Tomato Tortellini Soup
Grab your soup pot and make a big batch of this soup from Honey and Birch! With the homey goodness of tomato soup and tortellini (a kid fave!), we guarantee it'll disappear in no time. For the easy how-to, click here.
The perfect way to fancy up eggs for dinner is to devil 'em! It's easy to pull off with this recipe, and you can even make it a bit healthier with light mayo or a mix of Greek yogurt. Get the recipe here.
Creamy Tomato Shells
Who knew that with just tortillas, hot dogs and a few spare minutes you could whip up such a kid-friendly meal? Add in your fam's fave condiments, and you've got yourself a winner. For the simple instructions, head over to Or Whatever You Do.
Ham and Cheese Freezer Sandwiches
Make-ahead-meal alert! We love how these sandwiches from A Taste of Madness can be frozen and then heated whenever you need a quick and easy school lunch. Plus, you can always customize with your kiddo's fave lunch meat. Get the recipe here.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Taco night just got way easier, thanks to this genius recipe from Lanc Foodie Girl. Set up the slow cooker in the morning, and dinner will be hot and ready by the time you get home. To get the recipe, click here.
Crock Pot Sweet Pork
We love breaking out the Crock Pot to make our lives easier on busy nights, and this super simple recipe from Table for 7 totally fits the bill. You can serve the sweet pork on a bed of greens or cook up a batch of rice—it’s sure to be an instant hit with your family. Click here to get the recipe.
Southern Cheddar Biscuits
Melt-in-your-mouth biscuits with just three ingredients? Sign us up! Grits and Pinecones has the scoop on how it’s done—if you’ve got a food processor, you can put it to good use here (but if you don’t have one, no worries). Click here to grab the recipe.
Grilled Ranch Pork Chops
No one likes a dry pork chop! Good news: this recipe from Gimme Some Grilling is going to be your new go-to method for the juiciest (and easiest) pork. The secret ingredient is hiding in the grocery store spice aisle. To get the scoop, click here.
Sweet Potato Wraps
We’re always on the hunt for healthy snacks that the little ones will actually eat, and these sweet potato wraps from Lemons & Basil get the toddler seal of approval. You can fill them up with butter, cheese or peanut butter for a perfectly balanced snack. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Wings
Three ingredients and a few hours in a Crock Pot and bam! Now you have killer BBQ chicken wings to feed the masses, all thanks to this recipe from Intelligent Domestications. Plus the kids will get a kick out of the “secret ingredient.” Click here to get the complete, short-and-sweet how-to and check out their other crock pot recipes that require only a few ingredients.
Grilled Cheese Rollups
Get your tiny taste testers' hands deep into potatoes when they help you make gnocchi from scratch! Pair this step-by-step tutorial from Eugenie's Kitchen with the tomato sauce later in this roundup. Click here to get the deets.
Crockpot Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
Have the kiddos peel the sweet potatoes while you do the rest (and by the rest, we mean very little) because this recipe from StockpilingMoms is the easiest, yummiest meal you'll have all week. Get the complete step-by-step plus other easy, affordable meal ideas at StockpilingMoms.com.
Roll up ham and cheese for a dinner that will have the little ones forgetting about their pre-boxed meat, cheese and crackers (you know which ones we're talking about!). You and your kids can whip up this recipe from It's Peachy Keen in less than 20 minutes for a fun, fingers-only meal. Click here to grab the recipe.
Apple Juice Chicken
You know that stockpile of juice boxes your family has been collecting? This sweet recipe, courtesy of Oatmeal With a Fork, puts them to good use! This chicken is flavorful and easy to make—and we’re willing to bet it’ll be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Get the recipe here.
A dinner that is fun to make, fun to look at, and deliciously satisfying to eat? Please let your burgeoning kitchen master bring these pinwheels to your dinner table. Weary Chef simplifies it down so your little one can get artsy with their greens before rolling it up to bake. To get the details, click here.
Garlic Charred Green Beans
For the easiest (and kid-friendliest) side dish, you’ve got to try these green beans from Nyssa’s Kitchen. Her method leaves the beans perfectly tender with a little char on the outside. Drooling yet? Find out how it’s done by clicking here.
If your little one is tired of sandwiches, switch it up with this tortilla version on the stove. See A Whisk and Two Wands for a way to take this recipe outdoors, so your mini master chef can impress the whole family!
Dairy Free Perfect Noodles
This easy dish subs nutritional yeast for parmesan and olive oil for butter to make a simple, dairy free alternative to your kiddo’s favorite go-to pasta dish. Just cook spaghetti or linguine noodles according to package, toss in enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle liberally with nutritional yeast. You can add parsley, pepper and a pinch of salt if you’re a rule-breaker.
Black Bean Soup
Does your kiddo feel like traveling south of the border for dinner? Try out this deliciously simple black bean soup recipe. This one might need more parent-help than the others: The Pretty Bee's soup asks the chef to use an immersion blender.
We know your kids can't get enough of meatballs once they're on the table—it's time to teach them where those delicious things come from. Take a peek at Amber Nicole's Blog and then see what creative shapes your small sous chefs come up with! (Heart-shaped meatballs, anyone?)
Rich Tomato Sauce
Maple & Mustard Salmon
Your iron chefs-in-training may or may not be ready for handling raw salmon, but they can certainly help out with a sweet and spicy glaze from For the Love of Cooking. Get the recipe by clicking here.
This recipe from Olives & Garlic is a great time saver and a tummy pleaser. All it requires is frozen ravioli, marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Watch the kiddo layer away without any mess or broken lasagna noodles underfoot! Click here to get the recipe.
—Abigail Matsumoto & Stacy Liu