Take some of the work off of your plate this month with easy ideas for your family for each meal of the day. The recipes and ideas here are all straight forward, kid-friendly, and made with approachable ingredients so you don’t have to go to 4 stores to make dinner.
Healthy Family Meals for April
This meal plan keeps the reality of feeding a family in mind, and also has a few fun ideas to help you celebrate Easter (if you do). This plan follows a basic theme structure to make meal planning easy, so each day of the week we start with a category and have a lot of flexibility with in it.
This means that you’re never starting from scratch when deciding what to make, which can make things so much easier!
TIP: you can grab a downloadable version of my templates here.
Family Meal Plan Rotation
I’m offering ideas for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinners for each week to hopefully give you plenty of options. This meal plan is built around the ideas of themes, which is meant to help reduce decision fatigue—since you start with narrower categories—and make it a little easier to feed your family.
I like to add simple sides to main meals to round them out and ensure that there’s always something on the table that the kids like. Things like fruit, veggies, cheese, or crackers are my go-tos.
Add a simple side of fruit or applesauce, or matchstick-size slices of cucumbers or bell peppers, to round out any of these lunch ideas.
Pair with milk or water as needed and remember that some kids may be more or less hungry for snack—that’s normal!
TIP: Get my Master List of Lunch Ideas for Kids here.
Make a batch of muffins to have on hand for easy breakfasts or snacks—they all freeze really well too! I also recommend keeping a running list of meals that everyone likes on the fridge (or somewhere you’ll see it often) so you always have a few ideas to turn to when you need them.
Add some fruit, toast, or cheese to make these lunch ideas more substantial.
Embrace the spring flavors with these easy snack ideas.
Swap in takeout, leftovers, or another favorite recipe as desired and use these meal ideas as inspiration for easy cooking.
For the hummus sandwiches, try serving the components separated for littler kids or make an open face “sandwich” and cut into cubes for easy eating. You can also serve the chopped salad deconstructed and let the kids choose which ingredients they want to put on their plates.
Add a side of diced or pureed fruit to round out these easy lunch options.
Add a drink, like water or milk, to these snacks.
TIP: Find 15 Easy Toddler Meals for the days you don’t feel like cooking.
If you have any challenges finding ingredients, comment below and I’ll do my best to offer suggestions for foods you can swap in!
You can make any of these lunch ideas the night before and warm up as needed for the kids.
Mix in these homemade snacks with easy store bought options.
Happy Family Meals
If you’re looking for more guided meal plans with grocery lists, feeding tips, and a super easy approach to feeding your family, my Happy Family Meals system is ready for you—and it’s on sale! Check it out here.
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This post was first published April 2019.