Although we Scrambling parents know how to get a meal on the table quickly, especially if we’ve planned meals in advance and grocery shopped for the week, we all have those days when things don’t go as planned. The other night, for instance, I found out at noon that I had a meeting that was going to run right up to dinner time, so I had to quickly come up with a dinner that would be ready in 15 minutes or less when we all got home.
While you may be tempted to skip dinner on those nights and let your kids eat cereal or dinner out of a box, I know I don’t feel too great about myself when I do that too often. For those (hopefully!) rare occasions when your day implodes, we have some suggestions for really quick, truly easy recipes that are totally kid-friendly. All of these highly rated quick dinner ideas for kids take 20 minutes or less to prepare:
For the days where you have spare time in the morning, but know the afternoon or evening is shot, the slow cooker is a great option. Some of our kid-friendly, quick-prep slow cooker quick dinner ideas for kids include:
Some other useful tips to keep in mind for your jam-packed days are:
- Enlist your kids’ help in the kitchen. Depending upon their age, they may be able to help you get dinner on the table more quickly (and a bonus is that they’re more likely to eat what they helped prepare).
- Use our Do Ahead or Delegate suggestions that come with each recipe. If you have a spouse, sitter or older child to whom you can delegate some dinner prep, this will help you be ahead of the game when dinner rolls around.
- Double recipes and freeze them. This won’t help tonight but it might help avert ordering a pizza or making store-bought chicken nuggets next time you need quick dinner ideas for kids.
To find more recipes for quick dinner ideas for kids (and parents!) use our recipe browse function and check the Super Scramble Express or Scramble Express boxes under “Meal Type”.
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