30 Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes for Kids (2024)

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Easy Valentine's Day dinner recipes for planning your own festive family meal at home with the kids. Enjoy a romantic dinner the adults will love with food the kids will enjoy, too.

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Valentine's Day with kids can be a little tricky when you want to enjoy a romantic dinner for two but are stuck without a babysitter or just want to avoid the holiday rush at your favorite local restaurant.

The good news is, you can plan an amazing and EASY Valentine dinner for your family with easy recipes that taste just as good (if not better!) than your favorite restaurant dishes.

Pick one of these delicious Valentine dinners and plan a simple menu with make-ahead dishes you can prep ahead.

Or make it a fun family theme night and pick one of these family-friendly movies set in Paris and plan a French themed meal to go with the movie. I included some of my easy favorites in the movie list for you!

Easy Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas for Families

Take just a minute to set the family dinner table with these easy touches to make your Valentine's Day meal together a little more special:

1. Set the Table:

Bring out the good stuff and set the table with your best dishes. Got that wedding china hiding in a cabinet? Now's a great time to use it!

2. Light the Candles:

It doesn't matter if you're eating frozen pizza, eating by candlelight is a lovely experience to share with the kids!

3. Turn on the Music:

Play the same kind of dinner music you'd hear at your favorite restaurant while you eat. Italian favorites? Quiet jazz? Stream it from a speaker near your dining table.

4. Plan Something Sweet:

Once you've got your menu set, don't forget your Valentine's dessert! You could plan a simple cookie decorating party to keep the kids busy while you enjoy some quiet time with your partner, too.

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Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes

These easy Valentine's recipes and menu suggestions are perfect for adults who want a special meal while they're home for the holiday with their kids.

Family-friendly recipes that feel a little more grown-up and special for the holiday but are sure to be yummy for the kids, too!

Steak & "Tubes"

Our family's go-to Valentine's Day dinner for many years was this fantastic steak marinade. It's often a birthday dinner choice, too.

Saute the marinated beef chunks in a skillet and serve it with simple buttered noodles and glazed baby carrots for a budget-friendly way to serve beef for a Valentine's Day family dinner!

Steak Marinade for "Steak and Tubes"

This easy steak marinade is delicious on steak tips, flank steak, beef stew, or even beef tenderloin for a special meal. Saute the beef in a skillet in melted butter and serve with a side of buttered noodles for a delicious and easy dinner.

5 from 1 vote


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Chicken Parmesan Sliders

These teeny weeny chicken parm sliders would make such a fun finger food for a family Valentine's day dinner.

The best news is that you can start with a bag of frozen chicken tenders.

Got more time on your hands? My crispy baked chicken parmesan with whole chicken breasts is always a hit, too.

Chicken Parm Sliders

Easy baked chicken parm sliders use frozen chicken tenders and slider buns to make a delicious party sandwich that tastes just like your favorite Italian restaurant entree. The recipe makes enough for 6 appetizer servings or 3 - 4 heartier portions.

5 from 45 votes


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Heart-Shaped Pizza Buns

Form these homemade pizza buns as directed but then tuck one edge in on the top to form the heart just before you bake them!

Homemade Pizza Buns

These easy stuffed pizza buns are made with a homemade pizza dough and then rolled like cinnamon buns and baked in the oven with your favorite pizza toppings. The recipe features an easy dough that can be made in a stand mixer as well as my favorite bread machine pizza dough variation.

4.50 from 2 votes


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Instant Pot Ground Turkey Soup

Want a heart-healthy dinner for your loved ones?

This lighted up ground turkey soup has a bright red tomato based broth and plenty of tender veggies.

Pair it with a slice of Italian bread cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter.

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Soup

This rich and hearty ground turkey soup is filled with tender vegetables and tastes like it has been slowcooked all day but takes less than an hour with your Instant Pot. Serve with fresh bread.

4.96 from 46 votes


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Baked Cheese Tortellini Skillet

The savory red tomato sauce in this baked cheese tortellini skillet recipe is just perfect for Valentine's Day.

The creamy tortellini and crispy breadcrumb topping make it extra tasty for kids. Serve with a wedge of homemade garlic bread and a simple garden salad.

Baked Cheese Tortellini

This easy skillet pasta recipe combines refrigerated cheese tortellini with light ground turkey and a seasoned tomato sauce. Top it with crispy panko bread crumbs and bake it in the oven for a quick take on lasagna.


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Chicken Nuggets with "Pink Dip"

My copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce has a slightly pink hue.

Bake a pan of your favorite chicken nuggets and serve them on a large heart-shaped platter with a cup of the pink dipping sauce in the center.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

Make the deliciously famous chicken nugget and french fry dip everyone adores with this easy copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce recipe that uses easy pantry ingredients you have right at home.

Serve the sauce chilled from the fridge with a warm fresh batch of oven baked or air fried frozen chicken nuggets or your favorite baked french fries or potato wedges.

5 from 1 vote


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Macadamia Crusted Halibut

If you're really craving a fine dining experience but need to be home with the kids, this macadamia crusted halibut is one of the most popular recipes on my site for good reason!

Prep it ahead early if you want and just use my special trick for baking it so that it is nice and crispy.

Serve with lemon butter sauce and roasted asparagus for an elegant meal the kids will love.

Easy Macadamia Crusted Halibut with Quick Lemon Butter Cream Sauce

Macadamia crusted halibut is one of the best easy halibut recipes for a special occasion. Prep it earlier in the day and this oven-baked halibut will be ready to go in just minutes at dinner time leaving you with almost no cleanup. Serve it with a drizzle of rich lemon-butter cream sauce for a quick but decadent treat.

4.46 from 152 votes


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Best Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These tender beef meatballs simmered in red tomato sauce would be fun to eat with party skewers or over a bowl of spaghetti like the famous scene from Lady & The Tramp!

Serve with myeasy homemade garlic breadfor dunking.

Italian Meatballs

Make a batch of these easy Italian meatballs and you'll have enough to serve over pasta with tomato sauce one night and make a batch of Italian wedding soup on another night. The meatballs can be prepped and stored in the fridge for 3 days or frozen for later.

5 from 1 vote


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Classic Cheese Pizza

If your kids only every want a classic cheese pizza, why not give them their hearts' content with this delicious homemade upgrade?

Use my super-easybread maker pizza dough recipeor even a store bought pizza crust or naan bread to make homemade cheese pizzas together.

You could easily turn this into a heart-shaped pizza if you bake it yourself OR add a handful of pepperoni in a heart pattern on top.

Cheese Pizza

The best cheese pizza ever starts with an easy pizza crust, fantastic pizza sauce, and the best cheese topping ever.

5 from 38 votes


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Pasta Rosa with Sausage

This delicious pasta rosa (a.k.a. "pink pasta") recipe is so easy that my kids make it for us on our anniversary!

You can use either spicy or sweet sausage for the dish and make it all your own.

Pasta Rosa with Sausage

Toss your favorite pasta shape in this rich and creamy tomato sauce with sautéed sausage and onions. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve for the ultimate comfort food.

5 from 1 vote


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Baked Mac and Cheese

If you've got your eye on a recipe you just know your kids won't like, make it for you and your partner anyway as part of a date night dinner at home.

Just be sure to plan a big pan of this easy 15-minute baked mac and cheese for your kids.

BONUS: Serve the kids their dinner first and enjoy a quiet dinner for two when they're done!

Make Ahead Mac and Cheese

This easy baked mac and cheese recipe is the perfect side dish or dinner fix. Topped with plenty of crunchy breadcrumbs and perfectly cooked pasta, it will be your go-to recipe at the holidays.

4.61 from 38 votes


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Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Cream Cheese

My daughter's all-time favorite restaurant dish is creamy fettuccine alfredo. Make this lighter version with cream cheese right at home!

Use heart-shaped pasta or add a batch of my roasted tomatoes for a pop of Valentine color.

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

This homemade Alfredo sauce is quick and easy to make on a busy weeknight. So much tastier and healthier than the jarred variety, it uses real ingredients you likely already have on hand!

5 from 2 votes


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Chicken Pasta Salad with Grapes

This light and refreshing pasta salad would make an excellent Valentine's dinner because of theredgrapes and artichokehearts!

But honestly, the best part is that it tastes even better the next day so you could prep it ahead and chill it in the fridge for a super simple dinner.

Chicken Pasta Salad with Grapes

This light and refreshing chicken pasta salad with grapes is the perfect recipe to serve for a luncheon or shower. The zippy dressing, juicy grapes and crispy vegetables give the chicken salad extra crunch.

5 from 1 vote


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Garlic Butter Shrimp Skillet

My kids think that shrimp is a fancy restaurant dinner for sure. Treat the whole family to this utterly delicious garlic butter shrimp skillet with large chunks of toasted bread for dunking.

Want a lower mess meal? Prep it with peeled shrimp instead of the shrimp with shells and serve it over heart-shaped pasta.

Garlic Butter Shrimp Skillet

This super quick recipe for garlic butter shrimp is made in a skillet on the stovetop in just 3 minutes. There's plenty of flavorful lemon butter sauce to dunk fresh bread or stir in cooked pasta or rice.

Inspired by Lucy Buffet's recipe from her Lulu's Kitchen cookbook.

5 from 1 vote


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Tuscan Chicken Pasta

The sundried tomatoes in the rich and creamy sauce of this easy Tuscan chicken recipe make it perfectly festive.

This comfort food classic is an easy way to enjoy an Italian meal for Valentine's day.

Slowcooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This creamy Tuscan chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and baby spinach tossed together with tender farfalle or penne is an easy dinner for a busy night.

5 from 6 votes


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French Onion Soup

Whether you serve this easy French onion soup as the main course or as part of a larger French Bistro inspired menu, your family will have fun dreaming of Paris over dinner.

Be sure to play some French love songs while you eat and then watch one of these family-friendly movies set in Paris after dinner.

French Onion Soup

This rich beefy French Onion Soup is a delicious cozy comfort dish for a family meal. Elegant enough to serve to company, too! Topped with a crispy baguette and ooey-gooey melted cheese.

3.67 from 3 votes


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Baked Meatball Subs

You can use frozen meatballs from the grocery to make these totally delicious baked meatballs subs with melted cheese for the family.

Baked Meatball Subs

This delicious and heart meatball sub recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight. You can have a hearty meal on the table in just minutes.

5 from 46 votes


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Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce

This classic Italian bolognese sauce does take a bit more time to prepare than a faster pasta sauce but you could do all the work on a lazy Sunday afternoon and freeze it.

It makes a hearty portion, save some for an Italian Valentine's Day dinner with pasta or gnocchi.

Bologonese Sauce

This stovetop classic bolognese sauce features ground beef with fresh vegetables cooked slowly to enhance the flavor. A hearty meat sauce for serving over pasta, this recipe can be split and frozen for future meal prep.

4.41 from 5 votes


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Italian Wedding Soup

My whole family loves this easy Italian wedding soup recipe. I usually make it in the Instant Pot but included stovetop instructions, too.

The name says it all: ItalianWeddingsoup is the perfect Valentine's Day soup!

Italian Wedding Soup

Easy Instant Pot Italian wedding soup can also be made on the stovetop for a quick weeknight dinner using frozen meatballs for a fast shortcut.

5 from 1 vote


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Bourbon Chicken

This savory bourbon chicken tastes even better than the kind your kids might have taste-tested at the mall food court.

The sticky sauce pairs great with a simple herb butter rice side dish for a fun dinner.

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

This sweet and sticky bourbon chicken is cooked in a crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve the shredded meat over a bowl of rice and spoon some of the delicious spicy-sweet sauce over the top.

5 from 1 vote


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Boiled Shrimp

This fancy boiled shrimp appetizer takes justTHREE MINUTESto make, do you believe it??

Serve them with my favoriteshrimp dipping saucesfor a nibbly night or over a bowl of creamy lemon garlic pasta for an easy entree.

Boiled Shrimp

Caraway seeds and bay leaves season the boiling water for the most delicious boiled shrimp. This method makes easy peel and eat shrimp for serving with shrimp cocktail.

5 from 41 votes


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Sausage Lasagna

Sausage lasagna is always a festive pick, especially since it tastes even better the next day!

Prep it ahead and serve with Texas Toast or garlic bread for a heart warming meal.

Easy Sausage Lasagna

This delicious make ahead lasagna is perfect for beginners to bake for a holiday feast or Sunday family dinner. Several easy shortcuts make this classic dish quick to prepare.

4.50 from 2 votes


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Heart-Shaped Tater Tot Hotdish

You could arrange the tater tots on top of this family-favorite casserole in a heart-shaped pattern or use one of those adorable heart-shaped baking dishes to bake it.

Minnesota Tater Tot Hotdish

This old fashioned hamburger tater tot casserole has been a family favorite in Minnesota for generations because it is so easy to prep and is a hearty dinner for a cold night. You can make it ahead and freeze it to get prepared for a busy night.

4.98 from 43 votes


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Oven Baked Salmon

The light pink color of our favorite oven baked salmon is a delicate dinner for Valentine's Day.

Serve it with roasted vegetables and my favoriteherb butter rice.

Oven Baked Salmon

This simple oven baked salmon is perfect for beginner cooks or for a busy weeknight. Just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to a delicious and healthy dinner.

5 from 39 votes


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Red Chicken Chili (with NO Beans)

Tell your kids this red chicken chili is "salsa soup" and pile up the tortilla chips and shredded cheese for the table!

The bright red color and light and healthy meal is perfect for the whole family.

Red Chicken Chili with No Beans

Light and healthy red chicken chili with tons of tomatoes and fresh peppers but no beans. Top it with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips for dunking.

4.43 from 28 votes


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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Hand your kids some frilly party picks and let them nibble on these sweet and sour meatballs for a snacky dinner.

You could also serve them over pasta or rice for a full entree.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Crockpot

Classic cocktail meatballs keep warm on your buffet table for hours in the slowcooker. This wildly popular sweet and sour sauce is made from ketchup and grape jam but is elevated by a dash of hot sauce to keep it from being too sweet.

5 from 46 votes


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Baked Chicken Tacos

Valentine's Day is all about spoiling the ones you love. If you're kids' love language is Mexican food, bake up a batch of baked chicken tacos.

You could arrange them in a heart shape on a platter and serve with a bowl of bright red homemade salsa for color.

Baked Chicken Tacos

10-minute crispy baked chicken tacos use seasoned rotisserie chicken meat for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Pile up the fresh taco toppings and serve with your favorite Mexican rice or taco side dishes.

5 from 1 vote


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Roast Beef Crostini

Want to feel like you're at a fancy restaurant with waiters passing canapes?

Make these super easy roast beef crostini with horseradish sauce and fresh tomatoes in just minutes. Kids can assemble them on their own with just the toppings they love most.

Roast Beef Crostini

Easy beef crostini with horseradish cream is the perfect prep ahead appetizer for the holiday. Serve as an assembled small bite or as part of a snack board or charcuterie.

5 from 1 vote


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Valentine's Day Date Night

On second thought, wishing your Valentine's Dinner was more of a date night and less a family night?

Pop the kids in front of a movie and plan to have a delicious date night at home in the dining room:

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  2. Setting the Scene for a Special Meal: The article suggests various elements to make the family Valentine's Day meal more special, such as setting the table with the best dishes, lighting candles, playing dinner music, and planning something sweet for dessert.

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  4. Ideas for Family Dinner Themes: The article also suggests incorporating family-friendly movie themes, such as movies set in Paris, and planning a French-themed meal to go along with the movie, enhancing the overall experience.

  5. Involving Kids in the Celebration: The recipes and meal ideas are designed to involve kids in the celebration, such as planning a sweet cookie decorating party for Valentine's Day, as well as providing gift ideas for kids that are not centered around candy.

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  7. Diverse Recipe Offerings: The recipes cover a wide range of options, from comfort food classics like Baked Mac and Cheese, Pasta Rosa with Sausage, to more elegant dishes like Tuscan Chicken Pasta and Macadamia Crusted Halibut, catering to different tastes and preferences within the family.

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