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9 Kid-friendly Dinner Ideas | What's for Dinner? Winter 2021

Welcome to a new episode of What's for Dinner? I have been filming these recipes since early November. Any time I make a recipe that is worth sharing, I filmed it to share with you in this compilation video. The emphasis for these recipes are kid-friendly meals. 

There is a wide variety here... cheeseburger cups, taco soup, beef pot pie, and more. While not very sophisticated, these recipes are ones that our children enjoy eating. Sometimes dinnertime just calls for a "crowd pleaser". I hope you find these recipes useful. I would love to know what kid-friendly recipes you like to make in your household. Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur. 

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⚜️ Time Stamps
0:00 Introduction
0:32 Paprika chicken drumsticks
1:12 Cheeseburger cups
5:08 Fried fish with veg & potato
3:16 Taco soup
8:02 Beef tips with rice
6:06 Tater Tot Casserole
12:26 Grilled steak with sweet potato fries
11:43 Chipotle burrito bowl
13:18 Beef Pot Pie

Paprika Chicken Drumsticks with spaghetti squash and cheesy rice

This is one of my children's favorite recipes. They love chicken drumsticks! I drizzle the drumsticks with olive oil, and sprinkle on paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. I don't usually measure the seasonings, but you could do 1 Tbs paprika and 1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder to be conservative. (Although I probably put about a tablespoon of each. ha!) As for salt, just use a dusting. I bake the drumsticks at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. 

I served this with spaghetti squash. Slice the spaghetti squash in half and take out the seeds. Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. I baked mine for about 50 minutes. Once it is finished, take it out of the oven and allow to cool slightly. I then scoop out the squash and finish it off in a skillet with some melted butter, salt, pepper, and parsley flakes. 

These cheeseburger cups were fun to make and the children loved them! I ate mine with a knife and fork because this was messy to eat. I got the recipe from Delish

When I make soup, I usually place whatever related ingredients I have on hand into the pot, which is what I did today. I used the rotisserie chicken here and it made the soup so easy to assemble. I also used carrots, celery, olives, corn, and cilantro, along with several cups of chicken broth. I like to serve this topped with cheddar cheese over tortilla chips and serve extra chips on the side with fresh guacamole. I seasoned the soup with 1 Tbs ranch seasoning and 1 Tbs taco seasoning. 

Tater Tot Casserole 

I know this doesn't look very appealing, but having an easy Tater Tot casserole recipe in your arsenal is a great idea if you want to have happy kids at the table. Mine like to eat this with ketchup. Ben and I don't mind it either. This freezes very well too. 

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole


  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs ketchup
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups peas and chopped carrots
  • 1 bag of tater tots


  1. Place oil in a medium skillet and brown the meat and chopped onion. Drain the fat. In a casserole dish, mix the meat and onion mixture with a can of cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and veggies. Place frozen tater tots on top of the meat mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

I love serving beef tips with mushrooms and have shared a freezer meal before on my channel. I did a different variation in today's video, and I am leaving the printable recipe card here. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


  • 1 1b beef stew meat
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1 10 oz can French Onion Soup
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese


  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, except for the sour cream and parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 3 to 4 hours. In the last half hour of cooking, add sour cream and parmesan cheese. Serve over rice or egg noodles. Top with extra parmesan cheese. 

I wanted to share this meal with you as I make it often: fish, with veg and potato. In this case, we fried the cod by dipping it salted flour, then beaten egg, and finally in bread crumbs. You can use just flour if you like and that turns out fine too. We change it up regularly. The veggies are sautéed in oil and topped with parmesan cheese. I made baked potatoes and sliced them into long strips, drizzled melted butter on top and season with season all. My kids love their potatoes this way. 

I occasionally like to make a home version of the Chipotle Burrito bowl. I use whatever I have on hand. This time I used rice, pinto beans, rotisserie chicken, cooked spinach, salsa, guacamole, and chopped red onion. So delicious... 

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Pie

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Pie


  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 10z can beef consommé
  • 1 10z can roasted garlic cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves of crushed garlic 
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups peas and carrots (or similar mix)
  • 1 pie crust


  1. Place all of the ingredients, except the pie crust, into a slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Place the beef filling into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Roll out a pie crust and place on top. Create a few slits in the crust and brush egg wash on top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until the pie crust is golden, around 25 minutes. Served with parsley flakes on top. 
  2. Feel free to make substitutions. A can of French Onion Soup can be substituted for the beef consommé, for example. The mushroom soup can be replaced with golden mushroom soup or regular cream of mushroom soup, if desired. 


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Heather B. writes, "I find to, when my kitchen is clean and organized, I am much more enthusiastic about cooking. I love to cook, but when things get out of hand in the kitchen, I don't want to even go in there, much less cook. I have to make 3 meals, everyday, forever, lol, so an organized kitchen is a must. This was great Jennifer, thank you!"

Heather, I really felt this: "3 meals, everyday, forever". It's so true! Ha! Thank you for your comment.

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