15 of Our Most Popular Clean Dinners for Family Meals

Kid-approved recipes that are just as healthy as they are yummy!

zucchini crusted pizza

Do you have picky eaters on your hands? Maybe you’re just in a rut and need a little inspiration? No matter what you’re going through, you can breathe a sigh of relief! Our most popular clean dinners for family meals are here to help. Not only are they super tasty, but they’re also chock-full of healthy ingredients that will nourish growing bodies. The best part of all? They’re all 100% kid-approved. Ever your pickiest eaters will love our healthy mac and cheese or chocolate chip pancakes!

Many of these clean dinners for family meals are incredibly easy to make, saving you time, money, and energy. We’ve taken some of the most classic, kid-approved recipes and placed a healthy spin on them. That means the kids will love them, and so will you. Don’t be surprised if everyone reaches for seconds!

1. Skinny Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps

 Chicken Wraps

These yummy chicken bacon ranch wraps are super simple to make, and the kids will love the flavors! Whip up a big batch of chicken, and you’ll have an easy lunch or dinner for several days in a row. 

Try the recipe: Skinny Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps

2. Zucchini Crusted Pizza


This recipe might take a little bit of effort, but it will totally be worth it. The kids may ask why the crust is green, but you can just tell them that it’s a Dr. Seuss recipe! It’s definitely not because it’s made out of a vegetable…

Try the recipe: Zucchini Crusted Pizza

3. Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Our slow-cooker taco soup has all of the wonderful taco flavors that you crave, but it requires a lot less time and energy to make. Simply throw all of the ingredients in a Crock Pot. A few hours later, you’ll have one of our warmest and most filling clean dinners for family ready to go!

Try the recipe: Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

4. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

 Mac and Cheese

What child doesn’t love mac and cheese? Seriously, this may be the number one family-friendly recipe on the planet! We made it even easier to make because you can do it in the Instant Pot!

Try the recipe: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

5. Chocolate Chip Vegan Pancakes


The kids will be so thrilled that there are chocolate chips in their pancakes they’ll never even notice that this recipe is totally vegan! Have this tasty meal for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

Try the recipe: Chocolate Chip Vegan Pancakes

6. Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

 Chicken Tacos

All you need for these chicken tacos are three basic ingredients. Combine the chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning in a skillet and throw the mixture into a tortilla with a variety of your favorite toppings. 

Try the recipe: Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

7. One-Pot Pizza Pasta

 Pizza Pasta

Pizza in a pot: That’s what you’ve got with this fun recipe! It’s full of cheesy and saucy flavors, so the kids are sure to love it. If you want to change the recipe up a bit, we’ve listed other outside-the-box ingredients to try, too.

Try the recipe: One-Pot Pizza Pasta

8. Barbecued Beans and Chicken Joes

 Sloppy Joe

They’re saucy, sloppy, and oh-so delicious. In other words, these barbecued beans and chicken joes are about to become a new family favorite!

Try the recipe: Barbecued Beans and Chicken Joes

9. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole

Buffalo Chicken

We love casseroles because they usually create more than one meal. Enjoy this hot and cheesy chicken casserole for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow! With this recipe, you can adjust the amount of hot sauce you use to satisfy your family’s preferences. 

Try the recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole

10. Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Clean Eating Recipes Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup is so much better than canned soup. Never had it? You must try this delicious recipe. It will fill your tummy and feed your soul!

Try the recipe: Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

11. Crispy “Un-Fried” Herb Chicken

Crispy "Un-Fried" Herb Chicken

Skipping the traditional oil-fried method can slash a tremendous number of calories from a recipe. Don’t worry, though; this healthy spin on traditional chicken fingers is just as crispy and delicious as the fried version (but much better for you).

Try the recipe: Crispy “Un-Fried” Herb Chicken

12. Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe

Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe

Some kids love tuna, while others can’t stand it. That said, I’m willing to bet that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this recipe! It’s full of cheesy goodness and contains fewer than 500 calories per serving! 

Try the recipe: Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe

13. Skinny Cheeseburger Boats

Skinny Cheeseburger Boats

Looking for clean dinners for family game or movie nights? These filling finger foods have got you covered. These fun-sized cheeseburger boats are low-carb and super yummy. You can try the basic recipe or change it up with some of the other scrumptious toppings we’ve recommended.

 Try the recipe: Skinny Cheeseburger Boats

14. Clean Eating Loaded Grilled Chicken Nachos

Clean Eating Loaded Grilled Chicken Nachos

More clean dinners for family game nights! There’s something about meals you can eat with your hands that just draw the kiddos in. These clean-eating nachos are one of them! They’re also a great alternative to taco night.

Try the recipe: Clean Eating Loaded Grilled Chicken Nachos

15. Applesauce Waffles

Applesauce Waffles

Kids love waffles just as much as pancakes, right? The applesauce cuts down on fat but adds a whole bunch of flavor for a healthy and delectable breakfast option. 

Try the recipe: Applesauce Waffles

These clean dinners are all healthy, easy, and super delicious. Make any of them for your family tonight. We guarantee they’ll love it! Healthy, nutritious ingredients meet kid-friendly flavors—what’s not to love? Even the pickiest of eaters won’t pass up nachos, mac and cheese, waffles, or chocolate chip pancakes—would you? 

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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