Quick Meal Ideas for Busy Families {Weekly Health Inspired Meal Ideas #1}

For a few months a ran a Monday Meal Plan series.  I am switching up a bit and changing the series to Weekly Health Inspired Meal Ideas. I do plan meals, but often schedules change and plans have to change.  I also do not have the time to cook multiple new meals each week.  Our family eats at home, but we rely on leftovers and quick meals especially during the week.

Monday Meal Ideas

The Monday Meal Plan series often contained what I had planned to eat or variations of what we did eat.  I feel that the posts were not completely honest if our plans changed.  This new series will highlight healthy recipes found throughout the web.  Each week I will have  a different theme, such as low carb, gluten free, grilling, pastas, etc.

If you have certain recipes that you would like me to highlight please comment below or send me a message through the contact page.

Today is the first day of school for my kiddos.  They are not happy about summer being over, but I am happy to get back to our routine.  Our routine though includes of course homework after school and night time activities like dance for my daughter and lacrosse or basketball practice for my son.  Most parents I know have the same type of schedules.

After school activities are important for kids to be involved in, but they do make eating dinner as a family sometimes difficult.  We certainly have issues, because practice and dance tend to be right at dinner time (between 5-7pm).  My hubby does not get home from work until 6:30pm, so he is not usually able to help with dinner or the kids “taxi” service.  Dinner for us on those nights can be rushed.  If I worked at the hospital during the day there is even less time for me to make dinner!

Many parents fall into the same issue.  I know many families you will just go out to eat or bring food in.  I have even seen families eating pizza or other fast food at the baseball field.  Are these types of meals the best choices? Of course not, but sometimes (even for us) they are the easiest choices.

Quick Meal Ideas for Busy Families

For this weeks post I asked some of my fellow dietitians to share there favorite quick family friendly recipe with us.

My kids love chicken tenders/nuggets.


Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders – Chocolate Slopes

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets – Abby’s Kitchen

Grilled Chicken Strips – Caroline Kaufman


Meals that you can make ahead of time are always a great idea!

Gluten Free Southwest Meatloaf Muffins – Abby’s Kitchen

Turkey Chili Crock Pot Style – Jill Castle


A quick meals that can be made in less than 30 minutes are great too!


Asparagus and Leek Lemon Pasta – My Bottomless Boyfriend

Skillet Ground Turkey Curry with Garbanzo Beans and Dates – In Wealth and Health

20 Minute Summer Enchilada Skillet – Hungry Hobby

Seared Scallops with Corn and Tomato Salad – Nourish Breathe Thrive

4-Ingredient Shrimp and Pesto Pasta – Holley Grainger

Black Bean Burrito Pizza – My Bottomless Boyfriend

Quick and East Weeknight Nourish Bowls – MJ and Hungryman


We can’t forget about taco night!  My kids love tacos.


Zucchini Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Crema – Kara Lydon

Have-It-Your Way Tacos – Meal Makeover Moms


Portable meals are always a great idea when you may be too rushed to actually eat after you cooked.


Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites – Nutritioulicious

Easy BBQ Chicken Kebabs – Real Mom Nutrition


Sometimes we just want Chinese take-out.

How to Eat Well in a Chinese Restaurant – The Trim Traveler


Here some other quick meals ideas to look through as well!

Turn 5 Main Ingredients into 25 Meals – Empowered Eating

10 Family Friendly Meal Ideas – Food, Pleasure, & Health

How do you manage meal time with homework and kids activities?




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