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 I when I thought about making dinner that night. 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 planned it.
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. 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?
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!
30 Easy, Healthy Weeknight Dinners for Busy Moms
1| Southwest Turkey Burger from Mash Up Mom
2| Sneaky Ground Beef and Mushroom Tacos from Mashup Mom
3| Turkey Parmesan Pasta from Moneywise Moms
4| Easy Weeknight Toasted Ravioli from Vegging at the Shore
5| Mexican Mini Lasagnas from Vegging at the Shore
6| Chicken, Bacon, Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner from Clean Living, Clean Eating
6| Paleo Sweet Potato Hash from Clean Living, Clean Eating
7| 5 Minute Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe from The Typical Mom
8| Easy to Make Veggie Fried Rice from Stylish Cravings
9| Homemade Low Sodium Sloppy Joes from We’re Parents
11| The Best Black Bean Burger from We’re Parents
12| Low Carb Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry from Savory Tooth
13| Beef Stroganoff from Eat, Little Bird
14| Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps from The Rising Spoon
15| Easy Zucchini Boat Recipe from Masala Herb
16| Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken from Dancing Through the Rain
17| Homemade Pizza Pockets from Dancing Through the Rain
18| Stuffed Taco Crescent Rolls from Dancing Through the Rain
19| 5 Ingredient Breakfast Pizza from Tales of a Tired Mom
20| Healthy 4 Ingredient Enchilada Casserole from The Seasoned Mom
21| Chicken Pasta Bake from My Kids Lick the Bowl
22| Healthy Chicken Burrito Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds
23| Guacamole Tacos with Veggie Southwest Salsa from Peas and Crayons
24| Hidden Veggie Pizza from Super Healthy Kids
25| Fiesta Chicken Soup from Bunny’s Warm Oven
26| Best Ever Easy Taco Pizza from Perfection Pending
27| Easy Pizza Casserole from Cookies and Cups
28| Homemade Greek Yogurt Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese from Food, Faith, Fitness
29| Easy Meatballs and Tomato Sauce with Garlic Bread Dippers from Daisies and Pie’
30| Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Chicken Taquitos from Kristine’s Kitchen
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, healthy dinners will be game-changers for me, and I’m so excited to have meals my little guys will finally eat, too!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment so we can chat!
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