It doesn't have to take immense time and effort to prepare a family meal. You and your kids live busy lives — but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy delicious, healthy, and simple foods. When you have a few key recipes on lock, it's a lot easier to share conversations and laughter with your family. There's not much better than that.
Here are eight breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes the whole family will enjoy.
If you don't already sneak vegetables into your kids' meals, it's time to start. This delicious take on traditional mac 'n' cheese includes cauliflower for an extra health boost. You'll still be able to enjoy ample creaminess and gooeyness — but cauliflower adds nutrients and antioxidants, too. Your kids won't even notice there's a vegetable on their plate. You can also make this dish the night before for extra convenience.
Your children will want to come back for seconds with this tasty meal.
A one-skillet dinner makes a significant difference when you don't have much time to spare. This meal works as a kid-approved alternative to other steaks. After all, you can't really trust young children with a sirloin. These little bites are easy to eat — and that also means they're easy to cook. You'll make sweet potatoes and curry aioli to serve alongside them. How's that for a tasty dinner?
You can also make another side dish if you have time. Try rice pilaf, pasta salad, or roasted vegetables.
Here's a fun recipe you can serve for breakfast or snacks. These bars only call for a few ingredients, so they're simple to make. They're also gluten- and cholesterol-free. It's also possible to modify these bars to your children's preferences. It's no secret kids can be picky — 87% like to customize their food whenever possible. This recipe caters to those children directly.
You can use almond butter, tahini paste, or cookie butter rather than regular peanut butter. Try a different jam if you like, too. It's up to you and your kids.
There's not much better than a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. It's tasty and hearty, and you can expect to have leftovers the next day. Feel free to make additional broth to reheat later. This soup can last for up to two months when frozen. You can always add extra spices to make it more geared toward your children's tastes. This dish works well for lunches and dinners since it doesn't take too long to make.
Serve this soup with a light salad and toasted rolls for a complete dinner.
Every parent should have a go-to breakfast dish — and this recipe could be yours. These mini frittatas are both adorable and delicious. Plus, you can make them more than one way. Your kids may enjoy bacon and cheddar, but it's also worth trying the other options listed with the recipe. You can make an entire week's worth, so it's easy to wake up and go without any hiccups.
Your kids can grab one or two on their way out for a morning boost. Feel free to pair them with ketchup, hot sauce, or any other add-ons you like.
Here's a tasty lunch or dinner option that's perfect for summertime. It's always best to choose turkey over beef when possible. That's because turkey contains less saturated fat and is lighter, so you'll find you don't feel so stuffed after eating these turkey burgers. They feature a yummy garlicky flavor, but they're also mild enough to satisfy most picky eaters.
Make sure to serve add-ons like lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and more so your turkey burgers taste even better.
There may not be a more straightforward dinner than these lasagna roll-ups with beef. They're not exactly traditional lasagna, but you'll be able to serve individualized portions that work perfectly for children. You can also freeze this pasta dish for future consumption. They are delicious on their own, but it's always nice to have a side dish. Try a simple salad or garlic bread for a complete dinner.
Feel free to leave out the beef if you want a vegetarian option.
This option caters to every kid. You can serve these pizza sliders as a fun appetizer for playdates or a quick and easy lunch. Either way, they'll quickly become a favorite for you and your family. Like many other recipes on this list, you can customize these sliders. You can even explore unique add-ons and toppings to make them even tastier. Pickles on pizza may be the next big trend!
You may want to serve a nutritious side dish to compensate for this indulgent dish.
Make Meals Easy With These Yummy Options
Mealtime doesn't have to be stressful. Try these quick and easy options for a delicious menu your family will love.