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9 Chefs Share Their Go-To Dinners They Cook For Their Kids

So, no boxed mac 'n' cheese?

Just about everyone grew up eating foods their parents cooked specially for them — whether that was meatloaf, buttered noodles, or hot dogs — because when you're a kid, fancy food just doesn't interest you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To answer that question, we asked nine food experts what a typical dinner looks like at their house — and we asked them if they had any tips for getting kids in the kitchen, too. Here's what they told us:

1. Khichdi — Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author and host of Top Chef

2. Eggplant parmesan — Alex Guarnaschelli; chef, TV personality, and cookbook author

3. Tacos and schnitzel — Mike Solomonov; chef, cookbook author, and owner of Zahav

4. Brown rice bowls with BYO toppings — Lyndsay Sung; cookbook author and founder of Coco Cake Land

5. Grandma's lasagna — Cat Cora; TV personality, author, and restauranteur

6. Shredded pork shoulder, several ways — Melissa d'Arabian; TV host and cookbook author

7. Mix and match dinners utilizing meal prep — Andrew Zimmern; TV personality, chef, and writer

8. Anything made in a pressure cooker — Guy Fieri; TV host, author, and restauranteur

9. Bolognese, stir-fry, and linguine with clams — Emeril Lagasse, chef and TV personality

Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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