rounding up 7 easy family dinner ideas for the week ahead!
I’ve gotten a lot of requests for meals that can work for the whole family so I wanted to round up some of those that we’ve had success with in our household. All of them are done in less than 30 minutes or can even be prepped over the weekend and heated come dinner time on weeknights!
Owen is a pretty good eater but has been going through a particularly picky phase so the fact that he has eaten and enjoyed all of these is a good testament to their tastiness (and acceptability!). Feel free to swap in different protein sources, grains or veggies for those your family prefers.
DINNER #1: Chicken sausage with roasted potatoes and corn
We love Boar’s Head and Aidell’s chicken sausage. For the adults we serve the sausages on whole wheat buns like a hot dog. We’ll often do a simple roast of potatoes (like the simple roasted sweet potatoes featured in this recipe) or buy these One Little Potato oven ready potatoes. For the corn, simply cut it off the cob for your little one as needed.
DINNER #2: Ravioli with steamed broccoli
It doesn’t get easier than this! We buy a bag of ravioli (any flavor you like! we like Buitoni brand), top with marinara sauce (we love Newman’s Own) and pair with some steamed broccoli (or other preferred veggie).
DINNER #3: Veggie burgers with french fries
You can make your own burgers (like these chipotle lime corn & sweet potato black bean burgers!) or buy some (we love Amy’s and Dr. Praeger’s). We top ours with a little mustard, cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato & onion and serve one whole wheat hamburger buns (for Owen we serve the avocado on the side). Like with the burgers, you can make your own roasted potatoes or buy some frozen pre-made french fries (we love Alexia and Trader Joe’s brands).
DINNER #4: Quesadillas with avocado, plain yogurt & salsa
Clearly this one is a hit with Owen as he’s already grabbing at it! We’ve done bean and cheese, veggie and just plain cheese variety of quesadillas and they’ve all been hits! These whole wheat black bean, corn and sweet potato quesadillas are a favorite of mine and Owen’s. For the adults, we add hot sauce and a couple of blue corn chips.
DINNER #5: Broccoli spinach pesto tortellini bake
Get the recipe for the broccoli spinach pesto tortellini bake here! You can also just boil up the spinach tortellini (we love Trader Joe’s and Buitoni) and broccoli, top with pesto & a sprinkle of cheese if you want to skip the extra steps of making the bake. We served Owen’s with a couple of veggie-loaded chicken meatballs for additional protein and some sweet potatoes.
Dinner #6: Spinach & feta turkey meatballs with whole wheat orzo and veggies
Get the meatball recipe here (or buy your favorite pre-made turkey meatballs!). For the adults we served with tzatziki sauce, freshly chopped red onion, cucumber and tomato. Owen had steamed tri-colored cauliflower with his and we let him dip his meatballs in the tzatziki as he wanted.
DINNER #7: Pizza and veggies
Friday night is our pizza night! Pick up some fresh whole wheat dough, sauce and mozzarella at the store (or your favorite takeout!) and pair with some steamed veggies for the kids and side salads for the adults. If I’m making it from scratch, I like to put the broccoli on top of the sauce and under the cheese for Owen because he accepts it much better that way.5