Easy Family Friendly Dinners

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Have you ever heard of Easy Family Friendly Dinners? They’re the best! I’m going to share some of my favorite recipes with you. In fact, here’s a list of some of my favorites (I’m more of a simple cook):

I don’t know about you, but easy family friendly dinners are a must for me and my family. We travel a lot and usually end up on the go, so I love to have a small list of recipes in my back pocket that I can easily whip up.

Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes In Under 30 Minutes

Quick and easy are rarely seen with healthy in a dinner plan. What options do you have to provide your family with a healthy dinner when you have 30 minutes or less to make it? I am here to help. Not only are these recipes quick and easy, but they are also nutritious and delicious.

I love using my oven, especially in the cooler months. It frees me up to make the rest of the meal without having to worry if something is burning on the stove. Let’s get down to business and check out my easy, healthy dinner recipes in less than 30 minutes.

Dinner in Under 30 Minutes

1. Oven-Baked Salmon

Oven Baked Salmon

Salmon is at the top of my list of easy and healthy dinner recipes. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and high-quality protein. The best part is how fast it cooks, and you can have it on the table in no time.

2. Garlic Butter Shrimp

Buttered Shrimps on a plate

This fabulous dish gives you a twofer. Both garlic and shrimp are good for you (as long as you’re not allergic to them). Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral, while shrimp is a low-calorie, high-protein, and high-antioxidant food.

3. Baked Halibut

Baked Halibut

I love this one for the halibut. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. However, this 30-minute-or-less healthy meal is on the top of my list. This flaky and light fish is oh so good from the oven. The parmesan, lemon, and basil give this an incredibly delicious flavor, and baking it frees you up to prepare the rest of the meal in no time flat.

4. African Stewed Spinach

African Stewed Spinach with Shrimp

We all know Popeye, the sailor man, got his strength from spinach. Here is a fast and delicious way to get this healthy vegetable on the table. You may have noticed already that I love the heat of Creole spices and the smoky flavor that smoked turkey or bacon give the dish. Drooling!

5. Baked Cod

Oven baked cod

Another one of my favorite fish is cod. And so good for you! Baking is the fastest and healthiest way to cook just about any meal. It also brings out the best of cod’s wonderful lightly firm texture. Add extremely healthy lemon and garlic, and you’ve ramped up the health factor.

6. Spicy Spinach Shrimp Pasta

Spicy Spinach Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp has always been my go-to seafood when I’m in a hurry. Pasta is so easy to make while throwing the rest of the dish together. You can make it even healthier by using whole wheat or gluten-free pasta.

7. Creole Chicken Okra

Creole Chicken Okra

Okra is an amazing vegetable high in nutrients. Frying it may knock it down a notch on the healthy scale, but this fantastic recipe is a fast and healthy stew, and the tomatoes cut the slime. Having the veggies prepped beforehand will speed up the process.

8. Curry Channa Aloo

Curry Channa Aloo

This spicy chickpea and potato stew is a delicious meat-free option. Speed up the process with canned chickpeas, or make your own and store them frozen in recipe-sized freezer containers. You can even make this dish vegan by replacing the chicken bouillon with vegetable bouillon.

9. Paprika Salmon and Green Beans

Paprika Salmon and Green Beans

I love to save time by putting the meat and veggies on a baking tray and cooking them all together at the same time. This well-seasoned dish is a perfect example. I love to bake potato wedges at the same time to make good use of the oven.

10. Oven-Baked Chicken Breast

Oven-Baked Chicken Breast with green beans

28 minutes and counting to have a healthy dinner on the table. The Italian seasonings and smoky paprika add to the health benefits of a good source of protein. While the chicken is baking to fork-tender juiciness, you can make the rice and a salad for a perfectly healthy meal.

healthy family meals

Cauliflower pizza

This delicious pizza is made from cauliflower. The standard pizza base is swapped for a cauliflower pizza base instead. A great way to eat an extra portion of veg on what isn’t usually the healthiest dinner.

Ramen soup

Ramen soup

Make your own noodle soup with this easy recipe that’s bursting with veg like Tenderstem broccoli, mushrooms and aubergine. The ginger, soy sauce and miso make this soup extra flavoursome.

Mini roasted cauliflowers with tomato sauce

Mini roasted cauliflowers with tomato sauce

Mini roasted cauliflowers with simple tomato sauce are so easy to make and a fantastic way to get more vegetables into your family dinner.

Vegan burgers

Vegan burgers

Made with beetroot, sweet potato, mixed grains and quinoa, these vegan burgers are filling and healthy all in one. Serve with homemade chips or keep it healthy with a light salad or roasted veg.

Chicken fusion salad

Add leftover chicken to a fresh salad with vegetable strips and a little ginger and chill for extra flavour. Drizzle with a homemade dressing made from ginger, red chillies and red wine vinegar.

Chicken casserole

Chicken casserole

This chicken casserole recipe is healthy and filling, with each portion
working out at round 390 calories. This is a great way to make sure the whole family gets a few portions of vegetables too.

Wholewheat spaghetti with roasted veg

Wholewheat spaghetti with roasted veg

Our wholewheat spaghetti with roasted veg serves six and is ready on the table in just 20 minutes. This vegetarian dish is a healthy family meal made with aubergines, wholewheat spaghetti and infused with lemons, basil and mint.

Butternut squash and sage risotto

Butternut squash and sage risotto

Give your risotto a healthy and flavoursome boost by adding hearty chunks of butternut squash. The butternut squash counts towards your 5-a-day. You can opt to leave the white wine out of this risotto to make it even healthier.

Hearty root and barley soup

Hearty root and barley soup

Packed with veggies and chicken, this hearty root and barley soup is the perfect recipe for getting the whole family eating well. Not only is this soup low-fat, it also only works out at 259 calories per serving.

Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne

Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne

Try this veg-packed Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne. Make the cheese sauce from scratch using semi-skimmed milk and cornflour. Serve with a fresh side salad or seasonal veg.

quick and easy midweek family meals

Ready in just 60 minutes (or less!), look to these easy, speedy family-friendly dinner recipes you can cook tonight.

Keto-Friendly 20-Minute Chicken

A delicious keto-friendly dinner whipped up in minutes by former My Kitchen Rules contestant, Scott Gooding.

Fioretto Cauli Blossom Vegetable Omelette

Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner, this vegetarian vegie omelette is on the table in under 15 minutes.

Curtis Stone’s Steak and Green Bean Stir-Fry

This speedy stir-fry packs a flavour punch.

Chicken Thighs with Onion and Carrots

Chicken Thighs with Onion and Carrots

A quick and delicious chicken recipe.

Pineapple Quinoa Fried Rice

Pineapple Quinoa Fried Rice

Served in a pineapple bowl, this new take on a family favourite will be a staple on the dinner table this summer.

Super-Quick Sushi Fried Rice

Super-Quick Sushi Fried Rice

We take a few shortcuts in the kitchen like using microwave rice and tinned tuna to get dinner on the table in just 20 minutes.

Teriyaki Beef Donburi

Teriyaki Beef Donburi

This take on a traditional Japanese dinner of rice, meat and vegies is low in saturated fats and costs just under $4 per serve.

Shake and Bake Quiche

Shake and Bake Quiche

This throw-it-all together, self-crust forming, tasty quiche is so versatile and makes a great addition to lunch boxes, picnics or on the dinner table.

Wok-Fried Broccolini and Fioretto Cauli Blossom with Seared Salmon

Wok-Fried Broccolini and Fioretto Cauli Blossom with Seared Salmon

We serve this Japanese-inspired crispy skin salmon with a zesty sauce and vibrant greens for an easy dinner you can have on repeat.

Pumpkin, pasta and spinach bake

Pumpkin, pasta and spinach bake

Lovely with a salad for lunch or dinner. This was originally from a weight Watchers cookbook, I modified it a bit to suit my taste. Enjoy!

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