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75 Dinner Ideas for Picky Eaters


Do you know a picky eater? You know, someone who seems to push food around on their plate and turn their nose up at anything that doesn’t look familiar? Maybe you have a child who fits this description, or perhaps it’s your spouse!

75 Dinner Ideas for Picky Eaters

For all of those times when you’re scratching your head, trying to come up with a meal that will actually be eaten (and enjoyed) by everyone at the table, I’ve got you covered! Today, I’m sharing 75 Dinner Ideas for Picky Eaters. That’s right — 75 different recipes that are sure to please even the toughest critic!

Before we get started, just to be clear — these recipes are not just for kids. While picky eating is most often associated with children, plenty of adults are also hesitant around certain foods. So whether you’re cooking for a toddler or for your best friend, there’s something for everyone here!

So what’s the secret ingredient to these successful dinners? It’s all about familiarity, comfort, and meals that are easy to like. Think classic dishes, familiar flavors, and simple, no-frills ingredients.

Let’s get started with some tried-and-true dinner options!

Classic Comfort Foods

  • Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Beef Stew
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Baked Chicken Drumsticks
  • Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole

These dinners are sure to bring back pleasant memories, and they’re just like the ones that grandma used to make!

Kid-Friendly Favorites

Still, need more ideas? Here are some classic kids’ favorites that are always a hit:

  • Chicken Tenders and French Fries
  • Pizza
  • Hot Dogs
  • Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
  • Homemade Burgers
  • Fried Rice (with plenty of vegetables hidden inside!)
  • Pasta Salad with Cubed Ham and Cheddar Cheese
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Tacos

There you have it! Between the comfort foods that remind everyone of home-cooked meals and the kids’ favorites that will please even the pickiest little ones, you’ve got plenty of options to please everyone at the table!


1. Q: Is this list just for kids?
A: No — while these recipes are certainly kid-friendly and great for children, they’re also perfect for adults who prefer simple, classic dishes.

2. Q: Will these recipes work for my picky spouse?
A: Absolutely! Many adults have picky eating habits as well, and the familiar flavors of these dishes are sure to please even the most hesitant eaters.

3. Q: Can I get the complete list of all 75 recipes?
A: Sure! Check out the full list of meal ideas on our website.

4. Q: Are there any options for vegetarians or vegans?
A: Most of these recipes are meat-based, but you can certainly tweak them to fit your dietary preferences. For example, you might substitute tofu or plant-based protein for the meat in the recipes.

5. Q: What should I do if someone in my family has food allergies?
A: As always, be sure to consider your family’s dietary needs and restrictions before preparing any of these meals. Many recipes can be customized to accommodate food allergies or intolerances.