15 Cheap and Easy Weekday Kids Meals

You have a big week ahead, your grocery list is empty and you are about to make a weeks worth of PB&J. Don’t! I have brought together 15 yummy, kid friendly, and most important of all easy meals. Amazon Prime Pantry is here to help make your shopping even better. Everyone has prime these days, and if you haven’t tried Pantry yet, you are doing  yourself a disservice. Fill a box, get it delivered, and start cooking.

1. CHILI CHEESE FRITO TACO BAKE

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Everyone loves Tacos and Frito chili pie, right?  So what if the two had a love child. Well here that child is. Chili Cheese Frito Taco Bake created by: Mom Luck. This is an easy kid pleaser and adults will love it too. Grab some Frito’s, toppings, and get your kids on the taco train tonight. A recipe doesn’t get much more simple than this, and when you are a busy parent, having easy go to meals is a life saver.

2. MAC AND CHEESEDOG CASSEROLE

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When I was young our version of this meal was Kraft Mac and Cheese  with hotdog slices thrown in. My Mommy World created a much needed update to the old box mac and cheese with hotdogs recipe. This one will taste much better, and leave the whole family asking to place this dish in the regular rotation. Give this simple, but tasty recipe a try tonight.

3. SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN QUESADILLA

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Quesadillas are a favorite with my kids. However I admit, they are usually just cheese and tortillas. Tasty but so simple.  When I want to spice things up a bit, and keep it vegetarian. Here is a great go to by: Erin at Well Plated. These things will keep your whole family satisfied. Big flavor and an easy weeknight meal. Give these a try, you will not be sorry you did.  And for the big kids or parents with some need for spice, no quesadilla in our house is complete without Cholula.

4. HAM AND CHEESE PASTA BAKE

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Liz over at Farm Wife Cooks has created an easy crowd pleaser. Ham and cheese melts are famous in our house, but how about swapping the bread for pasta in this yummy bake. Creamy, gooey, and delicious. Oh and did I mention, this is a slow cooker meal. As the old ad said, “Set it and Forget it”. I can’t argue with that as a busy mom needing a quick and filling meal.

5. Franks and Beans

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An old classic will always remind me of childhood. And in my house growing up, we loved franks and beans. Easy. Goes with lots of stuff, and honestly just simple, delicious and warming. Take this to your next cookout and watch the kids ask for more and more. South Your Mouth created an easy version here. So give it a shot tonight, and be happy watching your little ones eat their beans. Oh and don’t forget to use my favorite BBQ sauce, Head Country. You’ll thank me.

6. ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA

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The people over at Cook Smarts are genius for making this kid friendly fish dish. My kids hear fish and get a little worried. Sorry for the tuna steaks. But honestly, Tilapia is light on the fishy side, flaky, and a solid favorite in our house when it comes to fish. The crispy dippable crust will make your kids ask for this one again and again.

7. HOT DOG FRIED RICE

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I know. I know. So many hotdog recipes. And hot dog fried rice? Really? Yes, really. This is an easy, delicious recipe from Ready Set Eat. I promise your kids will love it. Plus it will get them to eat their peas and carrots. I am on board with any dish that gets my kids to eat their veggies. Before you get started, pick up some of these super Kid’s Chopsticks and make the night even more fun for the kids.

8.  CHILI CHEESE DOG BAKE

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My kids can never get enough pigs in a blanket. This recipe from the folks at My Incredible Recipes is a winner. Juicy hot dogs, cheese, and baked into a savory chili. Save this for football season and fall, and watch the crowds cheer. It doesn’t get easier or tastier than this simple fix.

9. RITZ CRACKER CHICKEN

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Ritz Crackers are a staple in just about every house. So why not crush them up,  and add them to some tasty chicken strips. My kids love chicken strips, and honestly I think it’s a universal love. Stockpiling Moms know the Ritz love is strong and created this absolutely simple recipe.  No joke, this will take you 30 minutes, then you’ll be sitting back watching the happy faces as they taste your creation.

10. ONE POT CREAMY GARLIC NOODLES

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Broccoli, noodles, chicken. What’s not to love. Nothing, that’s right. My kids actually love broccoli, and this one is a family favorite. It is savory and simple. Two of my favorite things. Unlike many pasta dishes, this one isn’t heavy, full of butter and oils, and will leave you wanting more. Fav Family Recipes knows good food, and this won’t disappoint even picky eaters. Don’t worry if your kids are put off by garlic. It makes this dish.

11. KID FRIENDLY FONDUE

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Fondue! For kids! Yep this one is fun. Skip the overpriced fondue place, grab your kids favorite veggies, and give this one a go. Super Healthy Kids knows you want your kids happy and healthy and this recipe will take care of those both. Perfect for a snack or add some chicken and breads and make it an event for the entire family. This one will be making an appearance on our table very soon.

12. SLOW COOKER EASY CHICKEN ALFREDO

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The most important words in this recipe are SLOW COOKER! Who doesn’t love tossing ingredients in, setting your temp, and walking away. I know I do. I am always on the look out for a simple winner, and this one is now high on the list. Savory. Filling. Perfect. Cake Whiz is also a pasta whiz with this dish. Your families taste buds will thank you after they try this great pasta.

13. HONEY GARLIC MEATBALLS

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Meatballs make an appearance on my table about once a month. Everyone loves them, even my little one. These are to die for. Oven baked, easy, and filling. Your family will be satisfied in no time with this recipe from Nurse Loves Farmer is loved by my honey loving kids, and will be a hit with yours too. No one will be nursing these, so make plenty. They freeze great too for heating later in the crock pot.  Enjoy!

14. MASHED POTATO BOWLS

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She may have Scattered Thoughts but her recipe here is on point. So simple. So yummy. What kid doesn’t love chicken nuggets? Paired with mashed potatoes you will all be cheering for this winner. I love the corn addition. Something so satisfying about mashed potatoes and corn. Put this recipe on your weekly list, and sit back and enjoy the ease of preparing this simple tasty meal.

15. PIZZA QUESADILLAS

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Pizza. Say that to about any kid and you will get a thumbs up. Now turn that pizza into a quesadilla and you have the happiest kids ever. My two love this sort of recipe. They can eat it with their fingers, help make it, and will request this again and again. Over at Melissas Bargains not only can you find great deals, but you can find the recipe for this filling, quick and perfect for a snack recipe. Please don’t skip out on this.

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