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21 Dinners to Make for Your Picky Eater


Picky eaters also deserve to have flavorful and satisfying meals. These dinner ideas cater to your little one’s needs.

Dinners to Make for Your Picky Eater

They make dinnertime a delightful adventure, appealing to even the most discerning taste buds. Familiar recipes like chicken nuggets, spaghetti, pizza, and Mac & Cheese get a makeover and who knows, maybe some of the others will also become their favorites.

1. Baked Spaghetti

A classic picky eater dish is spaghetti, and this recipe puts a helpful twist to take the meal to the next level. It’s cozy and filled with plenty of cheese, even high-protein cottage cheese.

2. Chili Cheese Dog Sliders

Chili cheese dogs are a tasty summer meal, but they aren’t the most practical to make. Instead, try them in this transformed form of chili cheese dog sliders! They will feed a huge group and take less than thirty minutes to make.

3. Pizza Pasta Bake

Pizza and pasta in one baked dish? This meal is the picky eater’s dream! This meal offers a tasty base of pasta mixed with classic pizza toppings, like tomato sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. It’s customizable – bake in whatever other toppings you want!

4. Cheesy Fiesta Beef Casserole

This cheesy fiesta beef casserole takes the flavors of a tasty Mexican dish tones down the spices and forms it into a tasty one-dish meal. It doesn’t take long to cook and you can add jalapenos if you want a little more kick!

5. One Pot Taco Spaghetti

Not only is this recipe ideal for a picky eater, but it will also make you happy because it only requires one dish on your end! It’s cheesy and delicious, with a little kick from taco seasoning that you can customize to your eater’s palette.

6. Stuffed Shells

Pasta is always a win with picky eaters and these stuffed shells are no exception. Filled with ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella and topped with more cheese and marinara, you can be sure plates will be scraped clean!

7. Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

For your picky eater who only likes to eat one food from one restaurant, this recipe is an exact replica of the famous Chick-fil-A A chicken nuggets. They’re juicy and golden – perfect with a nice side of Chick-fil-A sauce.

8. Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

This cheeseburger and fries casserole takes a picky eater classic and makes a tasty recipe that’s even easier for you to make. Every bite brings the classic Americana flavor without all the carbs that come with a hamburger bun!

9. Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole

As the name states, this ravioli casserole is worth a million bucks! Picky and non-picky eaters alike can enjoy this staple together. Frozen ravioli, cheese, and meat sauce come together to make a dish that’s easy to make ahead of time.

10. Cheeseburger Sliders

Cheeseburgers are a staple for those who don’t have an expansive palate, and these cheeseburger sliders make them a little smaller! Special sauce is the kicker here – ketchup, mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish.

11. Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese

Panera Bread has mastered the art of a good macaroni and cheese – and so has this recipe. Bring creamy white cheddar mac and cheese right to your table, smooth and creamy. It’s a classic combination picky eaters will love!

12. Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas are the solution for the picky eater who loves cheese and bread but needs some protein in their life. The meat is perfectly seasoned and pairs well with gooey cheese and a crispy tortilla exterior.

13. Cheeseburger Biscuit Cups

If you want your picky eater to eat, try out these cheeseburger biscuit cups! Flaky biscuits, ground beef, and Velveeta cheese come together for a magical combination. No one will protest – they’ll probably ask for seconds.

14. Loaded Smothered Beef Burritos

Burritos can do no wrong, and that’s especially true with these loaded and smothered beef burritos. This Mexican-inspired creation is covered in cheese and tastes better than anything you’ll find in a restaurant!

15. Easy Sesame Chicken

Sesame chicken is a classic take-out meal for picky eaters. This recipe takes the flavors of the delicious meal and makes it possible to create it right in your home! It only takes a few ingredients, most of which you have in your pantry.

Even picky eaters have to eat, and we’re certain these recipes will become staples at your dinner table! Whether your eaters love Mexican food or pasta, there is something here they will enjoy time and time again.