Depending on your family’s individual tastes and schedules, sitting down to a healthy family meal may seem difficult. However, putting together a nutritious dinner during the week can be quick and easy. Here are some fast and healthy family dinners, offering a range of tastes.
Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas – 15 minutes
This vegetarian meal is filling, and full of flavors that adults and children alike will enjoy. This recipe can be customized depending on what your family likes. For example, leftover shredded chicken can be added, or the stronger flavors of red onion and cilantro can be removed. It also freezes well, which makes it ideal for busy lives.
Ingredients: Black beans, corn, red onion, garlic, cilantro, shredded cheese, taco seasoning, tortillas.
Quick Chicken Parmesan – 25 minutes
Chicken parmesan is a classic family favorite, and this version cuts the cooking time to just seven minutes. Choosing skinless, boneless chicken breasts reduces the total saturated fat in the meal.
Ingredients: Skinless, boneless chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, shredded Parmesan cheese, oregano, egg, salt, olive oil, shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce.
Bow-Ties with Chicken and Asparagus – 25 minutes
Kids love pasta, and this dish is quick and easy to pull together for a weeknight dinner. If your child isn’t a fan of asparagus, you can use other vegetables instead, such as steamed broccoli or peas.
Ingredients: Uncooked bowtie pasta, asparagus, boneless skinless chicken breasts,
sliced fresh mushrooms, garlic, reduced-sodium chicken broth, cornstarch, green onions, basil, shredded Parmesan cheese.
Kid’s Favorite Quick and Easy Veggie Stir Fry – 25 minutes
A stir-fry is one of the quickest and easiest dinners around, and there are many customizations you can make depending on what your family likes. With this recipe, you can add your favorite meat and veggies, or even a stir-fry sauce. No matter what flavors your family likes, you can create a healthy, vegetable-filled meal.
Ingredients: Uncooked white or brown rice, low-sodium soy sauce, extra firm tofu, garlic, green onions, ginger, broccoli, peas.
Creating quick and healthy meals that your entire family will enjoy is possible any day of the week. These four family-friendly recipes will all be on your dinner table in 30 minutes or less.