Healthy Family Friendly Dinners

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Healthy Family Friendly Dinners are so hard for my family to find. We need websites with easy, healthy recipes that taste great AND don’t take 3 hours or an oven degree to cook. My husband and I work long days and our son is just getting started in school. If we have to make a trip to the store every time we want a healthy meal, we’ll either be eating fast food or leftovers from last night’s dinner. It takes time for our money to add up and cooking meals is a great way to save money (even if it does take some time).

Healthy Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes

Add these healthy kid friendly dinner recipes to the menu this week! All of these kid friendly dinners are easy to make, easy to pack, and your little ones will love them!

Looking for healthy snack options to pack for the kids this week, too? Some of our favorite snacks are these healthy cookie dough bites or chia seed pudding!

What is Kid Friendly Food?

Try everything three times before you say you don’t like it. That was the motto in my house growing up surrounding food. We weren’t allowed to say no to any food unless we had tried it three times and it worked!

I attribute my love most food because of that rule! I love exploring different ethnic food options, street food is my jam when traveling, and going to new restaurants and asking the waiter to give me his favorite dish is something I love to do.

What is kid friendly food these days? I eat the way I do today because my parents and family surrounded me with healthy and tasty food that THEY also ate too. Yes, it’s ok to make mac and cheese for dinner one night or even stop at a fast-food shop every now and again. Just remember food at home can be fast, healthy, and easy, too!

Healthy Food Can Be Fast

I don’t have kids and I understand that meal time can be hard for some families. There are so many variables when it comes to feeding your family like food allergies, picky eaters, or having to choose between healthy food or fast food.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to choose! Healthy food can be fast and there are healthy (and fun) meals out there that your kids will love to eat. Other than making food that tastes great, another way to make mealtime fun for your family is to get your kids involved in making dinner with you

Get Your Kids Involved

A little goes a long way! Let your little help you make pasta sauce for dinner or ask them to help assemble meal prep containers full of food for meal prep for the week. Involving them in preparation for mealtime is one way to spend quality time and another way to create a positive experience for them around food.

When I was a nanny, I would sit down with my nanny kids and we would talk about food we loved and food we wanted to try. From there, we would make a fun menu for the week and head out grocery shopping together.

Dinner Prep Made Easy

One way to make dinner prep easier on everyone is to make a plan at the beginning of the week. Not every meal has to be planned, but it helps to know what day is an eat at home day, what day is leftovers, and what day is eating

Having a plan, making a grocery list, and having an idea of what the week looks like is half the battle. Below are more tips and tricks for how to make dinner time easy at your house!

TIPS + TRICKS TO EASY DINNERS

  • Make a big batch of pasta at the beginning of the week and serve it with different sauces throughout the week.
  • Dinner food is what you make it! It’s ok to have breakfast for dinner. As long as you have a balanced meal, who cares what it is! Scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit is a great dinner option, too.
  • Eat at the table! Eating isn’t the only part of meal time. Have your kids help you set the table (let them get creative). It’s just another way to get them involved!

Kid Friendly Dinners

We know that kids can be picky eaters. Here on FFF we try to make healthy food accessible to everyone, KIDS INCLUDED. All of our recipes have a healthy spin to them and are made with ingredients that you are familiar with and will most likely have at home.

We also have some fun dinner recipes that have hidden veggies, just in case your kids aren’t huge fans!

Keep in mind that you can take each recipe with a grain of salt and make substitutions when you feel like it’s necessary! Below are some common substitutions that moms make when their kids have allergies or don’t like something.

Food Substitutions

  • Ground Beef–> Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey, or Sofrita
  • Enchilada Sauce–> Tomato sauce with a tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • Zucchini–> Squash, Potatoes, or Sweet Potatoes
  • Pasta–> Gluten Free Pasta, Quinoa, or Farro
  • Vegan Cheese Sauce–> Homemade Roux

TACOS

Tacos are a favorite for kids and adults! We have developed dinner recipes that are similar to tacos but with a fun and healthy spin. Start dinner in a slow cooker with one of our slow cooker recipes so dinner is ready when you get home from work!

Taco recipes
  • Healthy Walking Tacos
  • Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Brown Rice
  • Taco Zucchini Boats
  • Healthy Taco Pasta Salad
  • Taco Soup
  • Crock Pot Chicken Salsa Tacos
  • Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls
  • One Pan Cauliflower Nachos

CASSEROLES

Casseroles make life easier. Throw everything in a casserole dish, bake it, and it’s done. Casseroles are also great meal prep for the week, dinner one night and lunch for the next day.

These casserole recipes have kid friendly ingredients and have vegetables that the whole family will love!

Casserole recipes
  • Healthy Hamburger Casserole
  • Meat Lovers Pizza Quinoa Casserole
  • Cauliflower Mac and Chicken Casserole
  • Healthy Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake

MAC AND CHEESE 

What kid doesn’t love mac and cheese? Mac and cheese CAN be a healthy meal option for your family if you use healthier non-processed ingredients. We have mac and cheese made with noodles or quinoa!

Check out our favorite mac and cheese recipes below and don’t forget to make any substitutions you need to to make the recipe your own!

Mac and cheese recipes
  • Super Simple Vegan Mac and Cheese
  • Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
  • Quinoa Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
  • Vegan Avocado Mac and Cheese

FAMILY FRIENDLY DINNERS

Here you can find a range of family friendly dinner ideas, great for toddlers, kids and adults. They have been tried, tested and approved by my two little foodies (and thousand others!)

However, it isn’t always easy. Heavy workloads and many after school activities have made family meals increasingly more difficult. These kid friendly dinner ideas take this into consideration:

All recipes are quick and easy to make or can be prepared in advance. Most are freezer friendly to make meal planning easier and they use simple, easy to find, ingredients

Most recipes are customizable and give alternative ingredient suggestions to suit pickier eaters or to what you have available at homeThey are also packed with vegetables (because most of us struggle to meet our vegetable intake for each day.)

Hopefully, you can find many kid friendly dinners for your family to enjoy. The most popular recipes include Lentil Lasagne, Lentil Burgers, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry, Tuna Cakes and Turkey Meatballs

ASIAN STYLE SWEET POTATO NOODLES

SWEET POTATO CHICKPEA CURRY

TURKEY MEATBALLS IN A TOMATO SAUCE

RED LENTIL LASAGNE

Tuna Omelette on White Plate with Fork Removing Section
Fish Goujons in Bowl with Avocado Dip
Child Dipping Spiced Meatball in Mint Yogurt Sauce
Pasta Topped with Bolognese on Elephant Baby Plate Served With Broccoli and Grapes
Bowl of Penne Pasta and Roasted Vegetables Scattered with Parmesan Cheese
Bowl of Red Lentil Curry with Rice and Roti Bread
Baked Falafel in Bowl with Salad and Pita Triangles.
Top Down View of Cooked Chicken Chorizo Tray Bake in Tray with Fish Slice Removing a Chicken Thigh
Top Down View of Two Bowls of Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice
Side on View of Stack of 5 Tuna Fish Cakes Topped with Yogurt Dip
Side Shot of Cooked Pitta Pizza Cut into Strips
Child Holding a Chicken Tikka Skewer with Pate of Skewers, Dip and Salad in Background
Red lentil lasagne. A delicious vegetarian lasagne perfect for kids and baby-led weaning.
Side Shot of Cottage Pie Serving on Plate
Carrot Rice in Toddler Place
Chicken Curry for Kids in Toddler Plate
Slow Cooker Risotto on Toddler Plate Served with Veggie and Fruit
Two Plates of Tuna Tomato Pasta (Kids Plate and Adults Plate)
Chicken Quinoa Bake on Kids Plate
Chicken Pasta Bake With Portion Removed
Close Up of Baked Chicken Florentine in Baking Dish with Portion Removed
Top Down View of Spanish Omelette Cut into Wedges
Child Holding Bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole Served with Crusty Bread

TUNA OMELETTE

FISH GOUJONS

SPICED MEATBALLS

BABY BOLOGNESE

ROASTED VEGETABLE PASTA

RED LENTIL CURRY

BAKED FALAFEL

CHICKEN AND CHORIZO TRAY BAKE

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN

TUNA FISH CAKES

PITTA PIZZAS

CHICKEN TIKKA KEBABS

RED LENTIL LASAGNE

THE BEST COTTAGE PIE RECIPE

CARROT RICE

FRUITY CHICKEN CURRY

SLOW COOKER RISOTTO

TUNA TOMATO PASTA

CHICKEN QUINOA BAKE

SPANISH STYLE QUINOA

CHICKEN PASTA BAKE

CHICKEN FLORENTINE

SPANISH OMELETTE

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Minute Meals: Kid-Friendly {12 Super Fast Healthy Family Dinner Recipes}

Need a 20 minute meal that’s kid friendly? Here are 12, 20 minute meals that are Kid Friendly, and you can have READY IN 20 MINUTES OR LESS for busy weeknights or when dinner time simply sneaks up on you! Um. Like tonight. And maybe tomorrow tonight.

kid friendly 20 minute meals

Kid Friendly 20 Minute Meals

I’m not gonna lie. 20 minute meals are more of a regular event at our home than not. I am a big fan of fast, delicious meals that are quick to pull together in under half an hour or less. Less is always better.

I know dinner time can be hard.

Coming back from work or after school activities often leave you with little time to prep and cook healthy dinners from scratch. Stopping at the local take out seems like the easier option. Thing is, it’s not good for your health, waist line or budget.

With a few easy, quick, kid friendly meal planning tips and fast meal ideas, you can get your family eating healthier and save money – in less time that it would take to get through drive through. Just a give it a go for one week.

kid friendly 20 minute meals

Healthy Family Dinners

But don’t worry – just because it’s a quick dinner, it doesn’t mean you miss out on flavour. Here are 12 of our families favourite 20 minute Dinner Recipes that will please even the fussiest palate. What’s special about these recipes? They’re full of kid-friendly flavor, no one likes a bland dinner but kids can sometime be…picky, shall we say, about the flavors they’ll eat.
These are perfect, and please the whole crowd. And that’s a good thing in my book!

12 Super Fast Healthy Dinner Recipes

Here are 12 of our families favourite 20 minute Dinner Recipes that will please even the fussiest palate.

Chicken Pesto Fettuccine

chicken-pesto-fettuccine

This super fast mid week Chicken Pesto Fettuccine is a winner with kids. The creamy Pesto sauce and tender chicken means clean pates all round! 

Thai Chicken & Veggie Noodles

This beautifully colorful Thai inspired dish takes just 15 minutes to out on the table. Get the kids to help with chopping and make it even quicker!

Quick Soba Noodles

Try these 20 Minute, Hmmm MMMM delicious weeknight soba noodles. Tender strips of chicken, sautéed broccoli and a sweet and tangy noodle sauce. 

Crab Pasta {Especially For Kids}

This mild crab pasta dish is the perfect way to get some seafood in their diets. Its fresh, lemony and cheesy. Yum! 

Chicken Donburi Bowl

This Clean Eating Chicken Donburi Bowl recipe is insane!! It’s simple, versatile and can be prepped ahead for an easy lunch or light dinner.


Chicken Donburi Bowl

Healthy Chinese Fried Rice

I could eat this healthy Chinese fried rice all over again. And I will. There is a small lunch box of leftovers still in the fridge. Just enough for me and whoever catches me heating it up


Chinese Fried Rice

Ham & Mushroom Pasta

This easy mid-week (or quick weekend lunch) Ham and Mushroom pasta uses cream cheese as a sauce and is a great way to use up any ham you have in the fridge. It’s a simple recipe, and especially good for littler kids who prefer their food slightly plainer than bigger kids (and us) might like. Feel free to leave the garlic out if you’ve got garlic haters in your house, or add extra to give it a bigger

Ham and mushroom pasta

Clean Eating Lasagne

So what’s the difference between Clean Eating lasagna and your regular homemade lasagna? Shhh don’t tell anyone, but the answer is … nothing. The whole point to Clean Eating is making food using whole food ingredients. It’s not complicated and it’s something everyone can do.
Lasagne

Chicken Piccata

This is a real Summery recipe, Clean eating Chicken Piccata: It’s quick, easy, fresh and lemony. You can have this ready in 10 minutes or so, making it one of the fastest healthy chicken dinners I make. We have this fairly often. I use chicken thighs for this, they’re really juicy and full of flavor as well as being a bit cheaper than breast meat.

Chicken Piccata recipe

Cauliflower Broccoli Casserole

This Healthy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is delicious, cheesy comfort food, super healthy and packed full of the good stuff. It’s a regular here, requested often and always eaten. I make this with my white bean cheese sauce for an extra protein hit and while it’s technically a ‘side’ dish, this is so good you’d be forgiven for eating it all alone and straight from the dish!

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