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Family Dinners

Kid-friendly recipes and family meal ideas everyone will love!

Pumpkin Streusel Tart: Capture the sweetness of the season with a dessert inspired by pumpkin pie. The buttery, nutty topping and thick crust make it heartier and crunchier—and dare we say, more delicious?—than the traditional finale to a Thanksgiving meal.

Sweet Potato Patties: Mashed sweet potatoes play the starring role in these savory, panfried cakes.

Turkey-and-Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Dipping Sauce: The best flavors of Turkey Day are rolled together in these super-moist meatballs. Because of their soft consistency, they should be served with forks rather than toothpicks.

Parsley Pesto Veggies: Beans and carrots get dressed up with fresh herb flavor in this simple side dish. Using parsley yields a pesto that's milder than the basil version but equally nutty and rich.

Butternut Squash and Apple Bake: Our healthier version of a veggie casserole allows two of the season's most popular offerings to shine. A flavor boost comes from onion and herbs (no heavy cream sauce here) plus a just slightly decadent crumb topping.

Parsnip and Potato Pancakes: We've revamped the classic potato pancake by adding shredded parsnips to the mix. The result is a dish that's a bit sweeter, but with the same homey, hash-brown flavor you'd expect from a potato-only version.

California Sushi Rolls: If your kids are craving sushi for dinner, skip the Japanese restaurant and show them how to roll up a batch at home.

Honey-Chipotle Pork Chops are perfect for a quick, weeknight meal

This refreshingly low-tech message board answers that daily question, “What’s for dinner?” Trim scrapbook paper to fit an acrylic sign holder (we got ours at an office supply store). On sheets of card stock, use a computer to print a heading, such as “Let’s eat!” plus a letter for each day of the week, and cut them out as shown. Use a glue stick to attach them to the scrapbook paper, then slide the page into the sign holder. With a dry-erase marker, write each week’s menu on the board.

Better Beef Kebabs: Give your steak a makeover. Here, sirloin cubes are infused with a lemony marinade, grilled on kid-pleasing skewers beside juicy cherry tomatoes, and served atop store-bought hummus or our Yummy Hummus Sauce.

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Root Beer BBQ Chicken: Two grilling techniques make for one tasty dish. First, rubbing with a store-bought spice mix deeply flavors the meat. Then, basting the chicken at the end of the cooking time with our homemade, smoky sweet barbecue sauce creates a delectable glaze.

Mexican Grilled Corn: This south-of-the-border favorite takes corn on the cob from side dish to main attraction. The grill gives the ears a hint of smoke, and the chile-lime butter offers mouthwatering tang.