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What to Make for a Birthday Dinner

by David Coodin, studioD

There's no better way to make a kid feel special than lavishing him with attention on his birthday. Part of the festivities, of course, is dinner. In many families, the birthday boy or girl gets to choose a restaurant for dinner. If you want to make your child feel special without eating out, make a delicious recipe that is right for the occasion. There are many special dinner ideas that your child will love. If he has a favorite food or dish, make it for the whole family to enjoy.


What child doesn't love pizza? Instead of ordering in, make it special by cooking your own pizza at home. If you don't have time to make a dough, get one ready-made from the grocery store. Fill the pizza with your child's favorite toppings, including pepperoni, mushrooms and veggies. To make it extra-special, have your child put on the toppings of his choice. Let him make a pizza with whatever toppings he wants, even if they seem strange to you.


Tacos make a great meal because they employ two things that kids love: delicious food and being messy. Grill some lean ground beef or chicken on the stove with taco spices. Serve with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and salsa or taco sauce. Put all the ingredients on the table and let your family build their own tacos. Give the birthday child the first crack at making a taco.

Healthy Burgers and Fries

Homemade "fast food" is another way to ring in your child's birthday. Make your own patties with lean ground beef and spices. Cook them on the stove with a minimal amount of oil. Make delicious French fries in the oven with potatoes and spices and serve with ranch dressing for dipping. Use sweet potatoes if your child is adventurous. Serve the burgers with all the fixings the birthday boy loves, including a healthy supply of ketchup.

Macaroni Casserole

Make that perennial kid favorite, mac and cheese, but do it with style. Make a macaroni casserole with fancy cheese and whatever else you think your child might enjoy on his birthday, including veggies, meat or tomato sauce. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top for texture and taste. Alternatively, if your child so desires, simply make plain macaroni and cheese as a birthday dinner.

About the Author

David Coodin began working as a writer in 2005, and has been published in "The Walrus." He contributes to various websites, writing primarily in the areas of education and art. Coodin holds a Ph.D. in English literature from York University in Toronto.

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