Are you looking for quick, simple, and healthy dinners? Keep reading for 30 kid-friendly recipes for easy weeknight dinners perfect for busy moms!
Desperate for a Weeknight Dinner Solution that was Easy and Healthy
Back when I was teaching, I would get these fluttery knots in my stomach on the drive home. It wasn’t because I was close to pulling my hair out dealing with kids and cell phones or the mounds of grading that was in the back seat of my car. I’d get that sick feeling when I thought about making dinner that night.
During the week, usually, I was exhausted, and the last thing I wanted to do was fix dinner. More often than not, I wasn’t exactly the meal-planner, so dinner was usually a stressful, unhealthy disaster based on whatever I could find rummaging through the refrigerator and cabinets.
Since being home with the boys, I don’t really have an excuse not to plan or make healthy meals, but I still get that little anxious feeling in my stomach when I think about dinner, even if I’ve done my job and actually made a meal plan.
Most of us moms are close to done by the end of the day and running low on energy. If you have kids in activities or who are at home all day – or just have kids,lol – dinner can be a tiresome task, especially if you want it to be more than fast food or something microwavable (although I’m certainly not above throwing a frozen pizza in the oven when needed!).
If you throw in the mix kids who complain or won’t eat what you’ve cooked, then it’s downright defeating.
Those weeknight meals after a long and sometimes chaotic day can be very tough on the busy – and tired – mom! And the whole craziness of back-to-school makes dinner time feel like mayhem, right?
Easy and Healthy (and Quick) Weeknight Dinners are POSSIBLE
If that’s you, I totally feel your pain! There’s gotta be an easier way, right? A way to make healthy meals that are QUICK and EASY?
If you’re like me, take a look below. Here are 30 meals – enough for a whole month – that are healthy, quick and easy weeknight meals for the busy mom. And they are kid-friendly meals, so you can avoid the picky-eater-mealtime-drama!
You’ll notice that several of them are new spins on some old favorites – tacos, pizzas, casseroles. But that’s fine. They’re familiar to the kids so you know they’ll eat them, but it’s something a little new and different, so it’s not just the same-old. And, they are quick and healthy and easy – so, yeah, high-five, moms!
30 Easy, Healthy Weeknight Dinners for Busy Moms
Easy + Healthy + Kid-Friendly Dinners = Win for Everyone (Especially Busy Moms!)
I’m so looking forward to making these meals and getting back on my game with dinners this fall. We’ve been all over the map this summer (as far as meals go), and having an organized, easy dinner time is something I’m aching for. These easy dinners will be game-changers for me, and I’m so excited to have meals my little guys will finally eat, too.
Even More Healthy Easy and Healthy Dinner Options
If you want even more options for dinner that are easy and healthy, check these out! You can plan for the year, I’m pretty sure!
Another easy option is one-pan dinners – sheet pan| one-pot | one-pan meals! So easy to put together and NO MESS! Here are 30 one-pan|pot dinners – perfect for busy moms!
(By the way, if you’re still in summer mode, this is another way to go to throw together a super-easy and healthy BBQ. It’s another great dinner option!)
Other Healthy Meal Options
If you’re looking for some SUPER-easy dinner options, crockpot meals are another simple option! Here are 30 healthy crockpot meals you can try, too!
Soups are also something can be thrown together quickly as well! If you’re in the mood for some healthy soups, check out these 30 healthy soup recipes.
Appetizers can make great meals in a pinch, too! Throw one or a few together and you’re good to go! Check out these 25 Healthy & Delicious Appetizers!
The crockpot dinners, soups, and appetizers are especially perfect for those on a clean, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo or Whole30 lifestyle. If that’s how your family eats, then definitely check out my 30 Favorite Whole30 Dinners – they are all Whole30 or paleo, so they are gluten and dairy-free! This is in my Top 3 All-Time posts!
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