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24 Healthy Family Dinner Ideas {Kid-Friendly}

by Ronaldo Derric
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Stumped with what to make for dinner? These Healthy Family Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy weeknights and they’re kid-approved, too!

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Family Dinner Ideas

Leave the days of not knowing what to make for dinner behind! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite family dinner ideas that everyone from the kids to the parents will love. These recipes are healthy as well, so you can sneak in lots of good veggies and nutrients, but the meals are still fun enough that the kids will be going back for seconds.

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Want to save some extra time? A lot of these recipes can be prepped in advance, whether you’re prepping the ingredients on the weekend or cooking and freezing the meals for later. Check out the recipes below and get inspired!

Casseroles & Comfort Food

Even if you have picky kids, I’m sure they’ll like at least one of these options! They’re healthy spins on family classics like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and chicken pot pies.

This easy Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect family-friendly dish with all the flavors of a burger and cheesy goodness! 

Make this recipe

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 3mg

Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

This Instant Pot Pizza Quinoa Casserole is a gluten-free pizza bowl that all comes together in one pot and in less than 30 minutes!

Make this recipe

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2.9mg

Instant Pot Pizza Quinoa Casserole

This Instant Pot Enchilada Quinoa Casserole is a delicious one pot Mexican chicken recipe that is ready in 30 minutes or less.

Make this recipe

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 930mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1850IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5mg

Instant Pot Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

These Super Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies are a healthier, lighter version of your favourite comfort food made with puff pastry in the perfect individual serving size!

Make this recipe

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 7800IU | Vitamin C: 34.7mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.1mg

Super Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Healthy Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff is packed with veggies, comes together in one pot for minimal clean up and is freezer-friendly!

Make this recipe

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4943IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg

One Pot Healthy Beef Stroganoff

This Chicken Pasta Bake is freezer-friendly, made with red peppers, onions and spinach in rose sauce topped with mozzarella cheese!

Make this recipe

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5300IU | Vitamin C: 41.3mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3.6mg

Chicken Pasta Bake

Pasta Dinners

I always had a pasta night each week while growing up. It’s quick, inexpensive and easy to customize so they whole family will enjoy it! Try these delicious pasta recipes and see.

This Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo comes together in less than 30 minutes and it’s got a delicious, creamy sauce that’s healthier than traditional fettuccine alfredo!

Make this recipe

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 37.1mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 0.7mg

One Pot Broccoli Alfredo

This Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is made lighter with packaged ranch seasoning, turkey bacon and Greek yogurt!

Make this recipe

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 2768mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

These Super Easy Mini Vegetable Lasagna Cups are such a cute individual serving size version of everyone’s favourite comfort food, lightened up!

Make this recipe

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 2.5mg

Super Easy Mini Vegetable Lasagna Cups

This Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is a delicious one-pot spin off on your favourite childhood meal – it’s got extra veggies, too!

Make this recipe

Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1491mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1117IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 5mg

Homemade Hamburger Helper

This One Pot Pasta Primavera is a 30-minute dinner that’s packed with fresh vegetables and an easy creamy parmesan sauce.

Make this recipe

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3383IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 2mg

One Pot Pasta Primavera

This Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet is an easier way to make this classic Italian dish – and it comes together in about 30 minutes in one pot!

Make this recipe

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 1102mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 4mg

One Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Slow Cooker Recipes

One of the best ways to feed a family is to use the slow cooker! These recipes are super easy – just add all the ingredients in the morning and you’ll have a delicious meal by dinnertime!.

This 2-Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken is the easiest dump dinner with a side of kale slaw – all you need is chicken and BBQ sauce!

Make this recipe

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 419mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

A close-up shot of a slow cooker filled with shredded BBQ chicken with open tongs inside.

The secret to the Creamiest Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is evaporated milk – it’s ultra creamy and velvety, and cooks on low in one pot!

Make this recipe

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 1mg

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

The Creamiest Crockpot Chicken and Rice is so easy to make in your slow cooker – and no soup can is required! Just add frozen veggies, sour cream and cheese.

Make this recipe

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3411IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 2mg

Creamiest Crockpot Chicken and Rice

These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are so perfect for meal prep! Dump in 5 ingredients, then cook for 8 hours – this is the easiest recipe ever! 

Make this recipe

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1870IU | Vitamin C: 119.9mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas, in a crockpot closeup

These Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs are the perfect appetizer idea and come together super easy with less than 10 ingredients.

Make this recipe

Calories: 205.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.51g | Protein: 14.1g | Fat: 3.81g | Saturated Fat: 1.53g | Cholesterol: 55.61mg | Sodium: 781.5mg | Potassium: 352.1mg | Fiber: 0.79g | Sugar: 21.76g | Vitamin A: 166.71IU | Vitamin C: 1.79mg | Calcium: 30.83mg | Iron: 1.97mg

Honey Garlic BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

This Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup is a super easy way to cook everyone’s fave comfort food from scratch, and the chicken is so juicy and tender!

Make this recipe

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3588IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pan dinners are great because they’re quick to assemble and leave you with less dishes to clean up, too! That’s a real win/win.

This Sheet Pan Crispy Coconut Chicken with mango salsa and sweet potato fries is the perfect dinner idea for busy weeknights.

Make this recipe

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 1075mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 7716IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

Sheet Pan Coconut Crusted Chicken

This Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken is a healthy low-carb dinner idea made with fresh veggies – plus, the entire recipe only uses one pan!

Make this recipe

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 35.5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

This Sheet Pan Chicken and Asparagus recipe is great for meal prep. It’s Whole30 approved and is ready in less than 30 minutes!

Make this recipe

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.9mg

A sheet pan with roasted potatoes, seasoned chicken breasts, and asparagus on top.

This Sheet Pan Sausage & Root Vegetable Scramble is a delicious quick and easy dinner cooked all on one pan in the oven with a hint of rosemary and garlic. Talk about healthy, easy fall eats!

Make this recipe

Serving: 1g | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 947mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8650IU | Vitamin C: 117.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Sheet Pan Sausage & Root Vegetable Scramble

These Meal Prep Chicken & Butternut Squash Harvest Bowls with brussels sprouts, sage & wild rice are a delicious lunch or dinner idea cooked on a sheet pan and filled with fall flavours! 

Make this recipe

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1500IU | Vitamin C: 110.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

Meal Prep Chicken & Butternut Squash Harvest Bowls

These Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a low carb lunch idea with a lemon-oregano marinade, and they’re ready in 30 minutes!

Make this recipe

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 153.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

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