Say cheese!

Happy National Cheese Day 2012, everyone! It’s time to celebrate America’s favorite food and what better way to honor the deliciousness of cheese than with kid-friendly recipes your whole family will love!

Below is a list of 7 truly unique cheesy dishes that will have your kids smiling and asking for seconds.

*Click images for full recipes

1. Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Kids love tater tots. And they also love cheese. What better way to combine two of your kids’ favorite foods than in a tasty casserole. This quick and easy recipe will be a hit with your entire family. Enjoy!

[Source: HalfHourMeals.com]

2. Mac and Cheese Tacos

Another dynamic duo! Add a little bit of creativity to taco night with this delicious mac and cheese topping. Your kids will be impressed with your innovative idea and will likely ask for this dish on a weekly basis. Luckily, it’s really easy to make – and you can save the leftovers for lunch!

[Source: BlogChef.net]

3. Cheesy Spaghetti Nests

Talk about kid-friendly – these adorable spaghetti nests are cute to look at and delicious to eat. You can even add mini meatballs as eggs! 🙂

[Source: FamilyFreshCooking.com]

4. Cheese Sailboats

A perfect side dish to any meal or a great way to add a little bit of playfulness to a mid-morning snack. These cool hardboiled egg and cheese sailboats are fun and tasty and ideal for any occasion.

[Source: Blog.SuperHealthyKids.com]

5. Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Cups

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Make sure your kids get all the nutrients they need to start off their day with these cheese and bacon cups.

[Source: AdventuresofourFamily.com]

6. Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

Kids simply love mac and cheese but the classic dish can get boring week after week. Spice up your traditional mac and cheese with Mexican ingredients like onions, peppers, spices and – obviously – lots and lots of cheese!

[Source: SailUsFood.com]

7. Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

We realize this isn’t exactly a unique dish – or a unique dish at all – but we couldn’t have a cheese list without a classic grilled cheese sandwich. When in doubt, cook a grilled cheese for your kids. Make your sandwich unique by adding cucumber, ham or any other ingredients your kids love.

[Source: Blog.FriendsEat.com]

Angela Nightingale

If you want to know the best cupcake shop in any major city in America, just ask Angela. This girl knows her sweets, and she isn't shy about letting you know that your german chocolate cake needs more chocolate. If you want to find Angela on any given day, she's probably looking up reviews to decide where to grab lunch, or in her downtime, binge-watching the latest 'it-series' on Netflix.

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