Quick Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes the Entire Family Will Love

The definition of “kid-friendly” certainly varies from child to child, but there are a few common threads you’ll find among recipes that appeal to families. First, they’re easy for parents to throw together, and, in some cases, for kids to help out with preparing. They often draw on familiar ingredients—like pasta—and favor simple preparations in favor of complex sauces or lots of spices. And they’re usually customizable with elements that can easily be left out or swapped in, whether it’s omitting the fresh basil garnish or using familiar American cheese in lieu of sharper Gruyère.

The recipes in this collection feature something for everyone: They’re accessible for finicky eaters, but hardly boring or bland. Yes, there’s pasta (spaghetti with a speedy tomato sauce, penne with broccoli, gnocchi with peas, and a no-fail mac ‘n’ cheese)—but there’s also lots more, including dishes from some tried and true, kid-friendly cuisines, such as

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Breakfast Specials: Quick Breads and Pastries to Help You Start Your Day

If you generally only indulge on weekends—or when the coffee-shop display proves irresistible—we have a rousing wake-up call: You can make these treats yourself, and most of those indulgent goodies you love can be made any day of the week. Several can be made ahead and frozen, then defrosted overnight and baked off while you shower. Our chocolate-hazelnut take on monkey bread actually tastes better if you make it the night before and leave the yeasted dough in the refrigerator overnight. Next morning, just bring the dough to room temperature and bake.

A couple of these sweets are made using store-bought all-butter puff pastry. It’s one of those things our food editors’ always keep in the freezer. It works beautifully in sweet breakfasts like our tempting take on that supermarket staple, the toaster pastry (Note: our version is baked in the oven like the rest of these treats.). And store-bought

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