Ah, the pre-kid days when you could take hours to prepare multi-step dishes without someone tugging on your sleeve or needing help with math homework. For most of us with little ones, family hunger hits hard and early, and you have to feed the beast—fast.
But you don’t have to throw up your hands up in defeat and speed dial for take-out or rely on microwave meals. Almost all of these recipes can be on the table in less than 30 minutes, which makes for happy parents. And they feature kid-friendly flavors, which makes for happy little eaters. From a kale Caesar salad to black bean taquitos to a supreme grilled cheese, these dishes go down easy. Although they often feature familiar and favorite ingredients like pasta, eggs, or potatoes, each dish is an elevated version of traditional kid food and may inspire kiddos to try out something new, too.