Get a jump on the week ahead with the help of this family meal plan. With 7 easy and kid-friendly dinner ideas, as well as breakfasts and snacks, you can simplify the process of feeding your family. Three cheers for making things easier!
Easy Family Meal Plan Ideas
The task of getting to the store, deciding what to cook, and then actually executing a plan can be daunting, I know. But if you can get into the habit of deciding on a few meals for each week, you can start to take some of the stress off of your plate. I write our intended meals on a white board in the kitchen and always leave room to adjust and move meals as needed.
And if you wind up with leftovers, always feel free to serve them again and save yourself a night of cooking! Here are 7 dinner ideas for the week ahead.
Monday: Ratatouille with Pasta
This recipe requires little effort on your part except letting the pot simmer. And you can serve the sauce chunky over pasta, or pureed for a smoother mouth feel. Add white beans or peas for additional protein if you’d like.
Tuesday: Huevos Rancheros Tacos
I’m a big fan of eggs for dinner and this easy taco idea makes good use of them—and pairs them with simple roasted peppers and toppings. Let the kids decide what to fill their tortillas with to keep everyone happy. (I often cut the tortilla into small pieces and serve the fillings on a plate for deconstructed toddler tacos.)
Wednesday: Hot Dogs and Carrot “Fries”
Pair a kid favorite with simple roasted carrot “fries” for an easy dinner that everyone will enjoy. (I like the hot dogs from Applegate if you can find them in your store. Or, go for burgers or veggie burgers as another simple option.)
Thursday: Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes
This recipe comes from my friends at Super Healthy Kids and it looks like it would be both delicious and potentially messy…but that’s what bibs are for! You could mince the veggies into smaller pieces to make them a little less noticeable if needed by using the food processor to chop them.
Friday: Pesto Pizza Rolls
Friday is always a great day to do pizza and these pizza rolls, which boast greens right in the cheesy pesto, are a fun option. Use store bought dough to make it easy on yourself.
Saturday: Takeout/Go Out/Take a Break from Cooking!
Planning for a night off from cooking can be just the sanity saver you need, whether that looks like takeout, sandwiches, or even cereal for dinner. Trust me: The kids will not complain about that last one!
This chicken recipe is SO darn easy and it makes perfectly soft, shredded chicken every time. The final texture is perfect for little kids and it doesn’t take all day either. Pair it with fun and dippable Cauliflower Tots for a delish Sunday Supper.
Plus: Healthy Breakfast Options
Make one (or two!) of these breakfast recipes and have them on hand for multiple days this week. P.S. Each of these could also work for snack time.
- Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies: These naturally sweetened breakfast cookies are wholesome and filling. They pair really nicely with milk (or coffee) and hold up well in the fridge for a few days.
- Mango Smoothie with Yogurt and Citrus: Most smoothies don’t hold up well if you make them ahead, but this one actually does. And it’s super creamy—and packed with vitamin C and probiotics.
- Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins: Loaded with produce and whole grains, these easy muffins taste like cupcakes but have only 1 gram of added sugar per muffin!
Plus: Yummy Snack Ideas
Make snack time a little more fun this week with healthy treats to share with the kids.
- Loaded Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Make a batch of these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, loaded with oatmeal, chocolate, dried fruit, and coconut, to share with the family!
- Afternoon Snack Bin: Kids are so often starving in the afternoon when they get home from school, preschool or daycare, but it can be tricky to offer an after school snack that doesn’t spoil their appetite for dinner. Enter: The serve-yourself snack bin!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls: Make a batch of these no-bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls to have on hand for hungry kiddos during the week—or to feed yourself a naturally sweet snack whenever you need a moment of happiness for yourself!