It can be difficult to cook when you have children at home, but today we are sharing a variety of kid-friendly meal ideas and recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious, and perfect for cold winter weather.
It’s time to break out the winter clothes, pull out the snow boots and bundle up with your family for some delicious cold-weather comfort food. From soups to casseroles to taco pockets we’ve got you covered for at least a portion of the winter!
One of the best parts about the winter season is all of the cozy time spent with family. It’s that time of year, where we bundle up during the day and cozy down with our kids to watch family-friendly movies and eat some delicious meals together at night. Getting to spend quality time together during these cold winter months is a perk of the season, but it can also be… trying to say the least. Especially when you’re a parent with kids at home.
Winter means less outside time and more inside time for your kiddos, which often involves lots of chaos, noise, and added mess to clean up. On top of the extra work, you also have to contend with icky runny noses and sore throats.
That’s why it’s important to find ways to keep everyone happy and entertained! One way that you can do this is by cooking up some delicious kid-friendly meals that will take the cold out and bring the warmth in with your kids. (Come spring you’ll be handing off dinner duty after they’ve developed pro-level chef skills cooking with you all winter!)
While we already have a post that has over 45 recipes perfect for cold winter weather, we wanted to expand on it and do one that focuses on kid-friendly meals. Why? Because we know it can be difficult to get your children to eat at times, but with these deliciously quick, and easy family dinner recipes, that were handpicked just for families with kids we know that even the pickiest eaters will struggle to say no at dinner time. Are you still not convinced? Look through this list and choose one to try. We are sure your children will beg for seconds! The best part is that these kid-friendly cold-weather recipes are also simple and quick to make; some dishes take only 10 to 15 minutes to prepare! We have classic favorites as well as new, kid-friendly pasta and casseroles.
With 67 winter family dinner ideas to choose from you’re bound to find something, your child will love!
What is the best winter food for kids?
There is a long list of kid-friendly recipes for this cold weather but some of the favorite ones are: 1. Soups and Casseroles 2. Oven friendly meals such as pasta and lasagnas 3. Meals that include some delicious vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli
67 Kid-Friendly Meals For Cold Weather (Winter Family Meal Ideas!)
1. Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe
Pizza, pasta, and kids? What could go better? This Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe is an easy way to get your kids to eat and enjoy their meals. It’s also warming and filling, making it perfect for cold weather!
This potato cheese soup recipe is simple to make, very indulgent, and tastes exactly like the restaurant version. If you enjoy making recipes at home, you must try this soup and enjoy a winter family dinner.
This traditional Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is a quick 30-minute meal that everyone in the family will enjoy! It’s the best winter family dinner recipe for a hectic week, and it’s simple to adapt with different cheeses.
4. Skillet Butter Bean Recipe with Pizza Cheese & Spinach
This simple butter bean recipe is full of protein and made to mimic pizza! It’s cheesy and has baby spinach, tomato, and garlic. It is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Serve with garlic bread and salad on the side.
Discover how to make super crispy chicken wings in an air fryer! This simple recipe for kid-friendly chicken wings includes tips for extra crispy skin, seasoning ideas, and even instructions for air-frying frozen wings. Sometimes the most comforting winter foods are those you tend to eat in the summer months.
Based on a dish from Cipriani in Venice, this tagliolini au gratin recipe is a real gem. All you need is pasta, eggs, ham, cheese, and cream. Easy, quick, and delicious kid-friendly meal perfect for cold winter nights.
Do you enjoy french fries? Crispy french fries are topped with homemade beef chili and cheese before being baked until melted. Even better, on these cold days at home, this meal is definitely kid-friendly.
While technically this is a side, we couldn’t leave it off! This microwave sweet potato gratin is amazing and truly embodies what comfort food is! Pair it with a simple baked chicken breast and your child’s favorite veggie!
Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe Is the best oragne chicken dinner recipe you’ve ever had. You’ll never waste money on takeout again, and it’ll be a favorite for a winter family meal at home.
Taco Tuesday is fun, but have you ever tried taco pockets instead of the traditional tortillas or shells? These Taco Pockets are filled with the same meat and veggie mixture you’ve been making for years, but they’re presented in the most carb-a-licious way possible, so you and your family will be hooked! This is a cozy winter meal to enjoy at home during the cold weather.
For a kid, what more comforting food is there than chicken nuggets. No matter the season, they are always a hit! These Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets taste like you spent hours in the kitchen, but they’re ready in minutes. They’re grain and egg-free, and they make a great family meal. This winter dinner is a crowd-pleaser and a must-try.
You’ll never use a can of sloppy joe seasoning again after trying these Homemade Sloppy Joes! The tomato sauce is the ideal combination of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. This 30-minute meal will be requested by your family every week!
So, what exactly is grilled cheese tomato soup? Everyone will love this new twist on a classic tomato soup, topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. This soup is kid-friendly and a great idea to try during soup season!
Tater Tot Casserole is traditional comfort food. It has a layer of ground beef mixed with a creamy veggie sauce and is topped with potato chips and cheddar cheese. The ideal winter family meal – I’ve yet to hear of a kid that didn’t love tater tot casserole!
In just over an hour, lasagna roll-ups are baked and ready. Individual portions make for easy serving and use the same traditional ingredients as a traditional lasagna! On cold days, your kids will enjoy this new way of eating delicious lasagna.
Who doesn’t enjoy pizza? This cheesy Pizza Pasta Casserole is a quick and hearty weeknight dinner that is sure to please the whole family! Ready to serve and enjoy as a winter family dinner in 30 minutes (or less!).
Sopa de Letras (Mexican Alphabet Soup) is a popular dish among children. This Mexican food classic is comforting and delicious for a family dinner at home during the cold weather. Toddlers and younger elementary aged children are sure to love this soup!
This simple Cheesy Potato Soup recipe is full of delicious flavor combinations like caramelized onions, creamy mashed potatoes, and a three-cheese blend! It’s simple to make and the perfect family winter meal idea to enjoy at home.
Pizza Fries Cooked in the Air Fryer If you like loaded fries, try our air-fried pizza fries. Delicious air fryer French fries with cheese, chorizo, and oregano. Try it today and enjoy a new way to eat pizza + fries.
This easy Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie uses canned biscuits, frozen mixed vegetables, and cooked chicken to make classic comfort food. This is also a kid-friendly meal that they will enjoy during the winter season.
This is a tried-and-true recipe that everyone will love. Tender vegetables, juicy chicken, and white (or brown) rice make up this easy chicken and rice soup. A simple, hearty soup recipe that the whole family will enjoy.
Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Sopa de fideo, it’s a noodle based soup with veggies thrown in and makes for a great kid-friendly winter meal. Have them help cut up the veggies to get them excited to eat it!
A fantastic meal to share with your family! It couldn’t be easier to make this quick and delicious peanut sauce-baked chicken. Make the quick and delicious sauce, then pour it over the chicken, bake it, and serve!
This quick and easy lazy cabbage roll casserole recipe without rice is made with common ingredients. Cauliflower rice makes it nutritious, low-carb, and delicious. It’s the best cabbage roll casserole you’ve ever had!
These low-carb chicken zucchini enchiladas are a delicious low-carb take on a Mexican cuisine classic. Wrapped in thin zucchini strips, a seasoned ground chicken filling is topped with enchilada sauce and cheese and baked until melty and bubbly.
Is it possible to air fry chicken schnitzel? Yes! This keto, low carb, and gluten-free air fryer chicken schnitzel recipe use pork panko! Ideal for a cozy winter meal that kids and keto Moms will both love!
Cheese ravioli is tossed with smoked sausage, pasta sauce, and cream before simmering in a skillet and being topped with fresh Parmesan cheese! This is a delicious kid-friendly meal for the cold weather.
This is a kid-friendly, healthy, and delicious meal that you can prepare at home for your children. This broccoli cauliflower cheese soup is loaded with chunky add-ins and uses a few different types of sausage as well as bacon, which amps up the flavor!
This Bisquick Chicken Alfredo Casserole with tomatoes and spinach is the ideal weeknight family meal! It’s made with simple ingredients and takes less than an hour to prepare. This is a favorite quick, kid-friendly meal for the cold weather.
This Creamy Tomato, Chicken, and Rice Soup is one of the most versatile recipes you can keep on hand. It’s made with leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or chicken from your own kitchen, and it’s especially kid-friendly for these cold days.
This creamy pesto gnocchi is a simple solution to the question, “What’s for dinner?” In only 15 minutes, you can have a kid-friendly meal ready! On these cold days, it’s ideal for a winter family dinner at home.
This quick and easy recipe uses only two simple ingredients that are infused together with the help and convenience of a slow cooker. This applesauce chicken is savory and sweet, and it will quickly become a family favorite for cold days.
This famous comfort food recipe, remade, will become a favorite for a winter family dinner at home! This Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Ziti, made without dairy but with only 5 ingredients, is a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy.
Do you have a craving for some homemade soup? If you enjoy soups as much as you enjoy winter, this recipe is a winning combination of the two. This soup is a great kid-friendly meal to make at home. This Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a must-try!
This recipe for instant pot chicken spaghetti is simple and delicious. The creamy wine and cream cheese sauce makes this pasta dish irresistible. It’s a great dinner for busy families, and it’s also great for kids; everyone will enjoy it!