If you're feeding picky eaters, here's a list of recipes they're sure to enjoy. 

By Matthew A. Moore
July 08, 2020
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Caitlin Bensel

For parents, 2020 may be the longest year on record. The global coronavirus pandemic has completely altered parenting, forcing moms and dads to simultaneously take on the roles of employee, teacher, 24/7 entertainer, and cook. That is not an easy transition from what we until recently considered to be the "norm." So before we get any further, cheers to each and everyone of you out there fulfilling all of these roles with aplomb.

That being said, months of feeding kids at home has for many resulted in exhaustion and a dearth of kitchen creativity. After all, there are only so many meals a picky eater is willing to consider, and parents around the country are surely developing nervous tics each time their kid says they want chicken tenders...again. How, then, do parental units keep feeding their kids while ensuring a) what they're cooking is healthy, b) the kids will enjoy the meals, and c) so will they?

Simple. They turn to members of the Cooking Light Diet. For over 6 years, the subscription-based meal-planning service has provided customizable menus for folks exhausted by answering the "What's for dinner" question. These members have extensive experience cooking delicious, healthy meals that the whole family not only raves about, but also requests for special occasions like birthdays.

That's why we asked them to provide us with some of their kids' favorite recipes. We've compiled 18 of their most delicious suggestions below. For more insight into kid-friendly meals, join the Facebook Community where Cooking Light Diet members connect daily to share favorites, recipe substitutions, and more. And if you think you or your family would enjoy any of these recipes, be sure and subscribe to the Cooking Light Diet meal plan today! All of these recipes and thousands more are only a signup away.

Robin Bortolotti told us, "This is a list from my 4, 11, and 12-year old kids." Tell them thank you for us, Robin!

Turkey Carne Molida

Jennifer Causey

Mini BBQ Meatloaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Cheeseburger Pizza

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Photo: John Autry

Cristen Sankey Abrams said the following recipe is great for kids, and "easy to size up or down and adapt to different tastes."

Enchilada Casserole

Photo: Johnny Autry and Randy Mayor

Cooking Light Diet member Lindsay Williams said that "mine loves the Portobello French Dips."

Portobello French Dips

Caitlin Bensel

Sue Given has had great success using the Cooking Light Diet, and was very excited to provide some kid-friendly ideas including the Smashed Chili Cheeseburger (pictured at the top of this post). "You've come to the right person! My kids have been eating Cooking Light since we adopted them 10 years ago at ages 3, 5, 8, and 10."

Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Iain Bagwell

Sheet Pan Beef and Black Bean Nachos

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Tex-Mex Rice Bowl

Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Roasted BBQ Drumsticks with Cowboy Beans

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Fresh Tomato, Sausage, and Pecorino Pasta

Photo: Randy Mayor

Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots

Johnny Autry

Chicken and Gnocchi Dumpling Soup

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Father of two Jay Shaw calls these next recipes "two kid favorites at my house!"

Double-Layer Beef Tacos

Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni

Photo: Levi Brown

Start receiving your customizable, kid-friendly meal plans today! Subscribe to the Cooking Light Diet here.