One of the many difficult tasks parents have is to come up with creative, budget-friendly, healthy dinner ideas everyone will enjoy. It’s not easy trying to please every palate in the family. Finding healthy, flavorful meals that can be put into a menu rotation is ideal. It’s nice to be armed with a few fresh ideas to try out, so we put some together for you to try.
Chicken Pot Pie
Casserole Queen Pot Pie from FoodNetwork.com is a fantastic and easy dinner that kids and adults will love. If you use a rotisserie chicken already cooked and purchased at the store, you can quickly assemble the ingredients and bake the dish in the oven with a top of puff pastry for the crust. It’s full of flavor and already has meat, vegetables, and starches. The vegetables can be adjusted to your family’s taste, but the overall result is really flavorful and filling. And, the recipe is quite affordable and quick to put together.
Sweet Potato Chili
No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili is also quick and easy. Made with ground turkey and sweet potatoes instead of beans, this dish is a healthy twist on traditional chili. Make it mild, or kick up the heat with added chili or spices. The chili has a great flavor and the potatoes are really tender. You can add shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped scallions, or tortilla chips. Round out the meal and serve with your favorite vegetable or a side salad. On its own, this is a gluten-free and paleo-friendly recipe. The recipe can be found at Skinnytaste.com
Traditional lasagna is laborious and takes a long time to make – making the sauce, then browning the meat, and combining the ricotta cheese with the parsley. Lots of pots and clean-up are involved. Most parents just don’t have the time to spend on this kind of meal during the week. Skillet Lasagna is a 30-minute, one-pot meal, and it’s really a crowd pleaser. Traditional lasagna noodles can be used as well as the no-boil versions. But whichever you choose, the dish comes out fantastic. You can find the recipe at Justataste.com.
Crockpot dinners can really be a lifesaver. With all of the ingredients in one pot, slow-cooked all day, this dinner is ready when everyone is home and settled from school and work. And tacos are usually a favorite. This recipe can be tailored to meet your personal tastes. It can even be made with chicken breasts and a jar of your favorite salsa without extra seasoning or added ingredients. Once the chicken is done and shredded, family members can add what they like especially if you make a fresh taco bar that everyone can enjoy. This is a great, crock-pot, chicken-taco recipe from Thecozycook.com.
Meatloaf can be versatile and quick. Using a muffin tin and creating your own blend of meat, vegetables, and seasonings makes these mini-meatloaves uniquely your own. Whether you use ground beef or turkey, bread crumbs or oatmeal, hidden grated veggies, or a handful of grated cheese, meatloaf can be a very healthy crowd pleaser. Making mini-meatloaves allows for easy portion control. This recipe from Rachelraymag.com is a good base to start from.
Here’s to happy and healthy eating. Enjoy!
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