7 Quick Weeknight Family Friendly Meals

Cooking healthy, filling meals for a family night after night is a grueling, often thankless, task. It’s time-consuming, and when you’re tired not every meal ends up being as nutritious as it could, which becomes a cycle of unhealthy meals that makes it even harder to cook well. This is where our quick family friendly meals come in: helping your family eat healthy even when pressed for time or creativity.

These meals are designed to be simple, quick to cook, and nutritious. Many are well-rounded meals or otherwise have at least one extremely nutritious ingredient in them. No more shall you fall into the cycle of microwave meals! Keep this list of quick week night family friendly meals handy and thrive.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Soft Chicken Tacos

As far as slow cooking recipes go, this one is versatile to fit your schedule. You can adjust the cooking time for if you intend on eating in eight or four hours, and can add in any of your favorite taco toppings. Just grab some tortillas, scoop up the filling, and enjoy!

2. Crunchy Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a go-to for quick and yummy meals. This homemade recipe’s whole wheat noodles, low-fat cheeses, and Greek yogurt make this favorite dish healthier than ever! The panko crumbs add in some much-needed and delicious texture.

3. Oven Baked Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

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Delicious and simple to make, this recipe comes with its own side dish! The whole wheat bread crumbs are slightly healthier than normal ones, while baking the breaded chicken is much healthier than frying it. The sweet potato fries are a healthy and delicious side that should not be ignored!

4. Whole Wheat Pita Pizza

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Making pizza at home is the best way to guarantee your ingredients are clean, fresh, and delicious. Using pita for these mini pizzas drastically cuts down on prep and cook time and brings you and delicious pizza flavor together that much faster.

5. Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Another slow cooker recipe with a versatile cooking time. This potato soup (with skins!) is loaded with healthy turkey bacon and fat-free cheeses for a dish that hits many major food groups in one simple dish.

6. Oven Baked Cheesy Vegetable Quesadilla

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This little tortilla is stuffed with loads of vegetables: peppers, onions, zucchini, and carrots! Add in beans for a fantastic source of protein and low-fat cheeses for dairy, and this quick and delicious meal is a home run for health!

7. One-Skillet Chicken and Pasta

One Skillet Chicken Linguine with Tomatoes

Using just one dish to cook everything makes prep and clean-up much quicker. Chicken and whole wheat pasta are joined by rich tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese for authentic but easy Italian flavor.

 

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