This Easy Sheet Pan Dinner is kid friendly and something they can easily throw together with things they like and moms approve.
Made with chicken, potatoes, and fresh veggies, this is something the kids can put together and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes and voila, you have dinner prepared by the kids.
I’m proud to partner with Mirum, bringing you this delicious, yet simple recipe.
I love being in the kitchen with my kids and have since they were young. At 2, my youngest – Cannon – was in cutting up strawberries and bananas with a butter knife. Now 8, he has developed the best dicing skills in the family. If you need strawberries hulled, he is your person.
Eight years ago, when my kids came up with a rating system for my dinners (1 being horrible and inedible, and 5 being amazing), I knew I had to get them involved or my average was going to dip – not kidding.
The moment I got them involved was the moment the criticism lessened and their interest in food increased.
With kids though, food has to be fun and creative in addition to tasting good. So, to ensure a cleaner kitchen, more sanity for me and less of a hassle, I would give them food options to choose from, preventing them from ransacking the kitchen. That’s how they chose and created their lunches and dinners on the days and evenings they helped me.
And I quickly found that sheet pan dinners are the way to go! Simple to make and easy to clean up, typically anything works. Our go-to protein became Dino Buddies, and over the years, this hasn’t changed much.
So today, we are sharing our favorite prehistoric dinner, where kids make their own Dino-Jungle plate and eat delicious, mom-approved foods.
With a Dino-Jungle, you essentially need 4 things: trees (broccoli), large boulders or rocks (small halved potatoes), and for a pop of color and a perfect creative canvas which you can essentially make into anything, use carrots (as flowers, mountains or rivers). And of course, you need the star of the show, the dinosaurs (Dino Buddies).
Put this all on a tray or a couple of plates and every kid can make their own unique jungle.
Not only is this fun and creative, the smiles it produces are priceless, and as a mom, I love the entire meal as well. I may not play with my food as much, but it sure does taste delicious.
In our home, Yummy Dino Buddies have been a part of our dinner and lunch routine since my oldest was in preschool (he is now 15). I love that not only can they create their own plates, but they can help make the entire meal as well. So the kids and the dinosaurs are in it together from start to finish.
I feel good that they are getting a high-quality healthy option, and it’s convenient. So from picky eaters to my teens, this Dino Nuggets Sheet Pan Dinner makes us all happy.
Yummy Dino Buddies are made with boneless, skinless white chicken breast meat and are packed with protein and Omega-3. And guess what? Yummy Dino Buddies comes in 5 kid-approved varieties:
Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Nuggets ● Alphabet-Shaped Chicken Breast Nuggets ● Chicken Breast Mini Nuggets ● Chicken Breast Mini Fries ● Maple Waffle Chicken Breast Nuggets. So there are lots of nuggets to choose from to create your fun plate!
So cheers to fond kitchen memories, meals as a family and dinners that cause a ROAR!
How to make Kid Approved Dino Buddies & Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner:
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Rinse off 24 ounces of petite medley gourmet potatoes.
- Cut the petite potatoes in half and toss in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt & pepper and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary.
- Toss to coat potatoes evenly and place on a sheet pan.
- Place in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove sheet pan from oven, turn potatoes and move to one half of the sheet pan.
- Add 20 Yummy Dino Buddies on the other half of the pan.
- Place back in the oven and bake 12-15 minutes, turning the nuggets halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and place the potatoes and the nuggets on a tray or large platter.
- On another plater, have carrot chips or sticks along with broccoli florets.
- Give each kid their own plate and have them create their own jungle. I give the kids a little bowl to add their favorite dipping sauce (a.k.a. inescapable tar pits). Plus, this is a great place to have the Pterodactyls hang out.
I love working with brands that allow me to give my kids healthy proteins and meal options and are also fun for us to create family meals. I purchased my Dino Buddies at my local Kroger store, but you can also find them at other local retailers.
Don’t forget to pin this simple, kid-friendly dinner idea of Dinosaur Sheet Pan Dinner to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
Made with fun & playful Dino Buddies, potatoes, and fresh veggies, this is something that the kids can put together and bake in the oven, and you'll have dinner completed and made by the kids.
- 20 Yummy Dino Buddies
- 24 ounces petite medley gourmet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- carrot chips
- broccoli florets
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Rinse off 24 ounces of petite medley gourmet potatoes.
Cut the petite potatoes in half and toss in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt & pepper and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary.
Toss to coat potatoes evenly and place on a sheet pan.
Place in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Remove sheet pan from oven, turn potatoes and place on half of the sheet pan.
Add 20 Yummy Dino Buddies to the other half of the pan.
Place back in the oven and bake 12-15 minutes, be sure to turn the nuggets halfway through.
Remove from the oven and place the potatoes and the nuggets on a tray or large platter.
On another plater have carrot chips or sticks along with broccoli florets.
Give each kid their own plate and have them create their own jungle, I give the kids a little bowl to add their favorite dipping to plus this is a great place to have the Pterodactyls to hang out.