Feed your family well without spending so much time figuring out how to do it all with the help of my latest family meal plan. They’re kid-friendly, yet parent-approved, and are a way to get some much needed cooking inspiration this spring!

may meal plan in grid of 6

Family Meal Plan

This meal plan includes 7 kid-friendly dinners that adults will like too, starting with a fun Sunday dinner to celebrate the holiday. And scroll down to find a few easy and healthy ideas for breakfast and snack time!

TIP: you can grab a downloadable version of my templates here.


Meal Planning Rotation

I’m offering ideas for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinners for each week to hopefully give you plenty of options. My monthly meal plans are 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.

Week 1

I for sure don’t make every meal or snack from scratch, but I try to offer ideas in case one sounds good to you to try this week. You can of course do all of these, but do what works best for your life.

TIP: Find my go-to store-bought snacks here.


I like to make a batch of muffins to have for a few days during the week—you can always stash them in the fridge or freezer for a future day.

Healthy Strawberry Muffins
With fresh berries and a burst of lemon, these healthy Strawberry Muffins are a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Get the recipe
healthy strawberry muffins on cooling rack.
Easy Quinoa Pudding
This creamy Quinoa Pudding can be served warm like oatmeal or cold like rice pudding. Sweeten to taste, if desired, and top with fruit or stir in a fruit puree to serve.
Get the recipe
Favorite Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Very ripe (with brown spots) bananas will give these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes the best flavor. Dice them up or serve whole, according to how the kids prefer to eat them.
Get the recipe
Oatmeal banana pancakes on plate with banana slices.


We usually rotate in cheese and cracker style snack lunches to keep the midday meal easy.

Easy Cheesy Rice (with Veggies!)
Choose one veggie to add from the flavor options below according to what you have on hand or what your family likes best.
Get the recipe
cheesy rice 4 ways with veggies
Easy Hummus Wrap (to Share with the Kids)
Quickly combine a few simple ingredients to make a really yummy lunch wrap. This recipe makes one wrap, so increase the serving size as necessary.
Get the recipe
hummus wraps on white plates with apple slices
Easy Spinach Grilled Cheese
You can also do this with full size spinach if that's what you're able to find. Just discard any stems before starting the recipe.
Get the recipe


Green Smoothie Freezer Pops
If you want to make more pops, simply double the recipe! If you have a toddler who’s super sensitive to textures, use mango instead of kiwi for extra creamy results.
Get the recipe
Soft Roasted Chickpeas with Cinnamon
If you start with dried beans in this salty-sweet snack, make sure to cook them until they are very tender. If making these for a kiddo under one, use maple syrup instead of honey or skip the sweetener all together.
Get the recipe
roasted chickpea recipe
Best Baby Food Pouches (Easy and Homemade)
This easy baby food pouch is an easy staple to serve as a baby meal or snack and contains fruit, protein, calcium, fiber, and healthy fats. Find more flavor ideas in the Notes at the end of the recipe.
Get the recipe


Add easy sides like warmed frozen veggies, salad kits, or cheese to round out these meals.

Easy Zucchini Burgers
Stretch your ground beef and add a veggie right into moist burger patties with this simple family dinner recipe.
Get the recipe
Easy Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Forget takeout—deliver this popular Indian dish to your table instead. Shredded chicken thighs are coated in a rich, buttery sauce with hints of tomatoes, ginger, and garam masala—a messy but very flavorful finger food. Adapted from The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook.
Get the recipe
Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Transform pantry staples into the yummiest homemade Vegetarian Burrito Bowls with this easy recipe. (Prep the rice, beans, and veggies ahead if you can or want to. They store well in the fridge and simply need to be reheated.)
Get the recipe
Easy Avocado Pasta
With a creamy, veggie-packed sauce, this easy Avocado Pasta is packed with kid-friendly flavor and nutrients. And the whole recipe can be made in about 10 minutes of cooking time.
Get the recipe
Easy Baked Tofu (to Share with the Kids)
Learn how to make the easiest, most delish Baked Tofu with basic pantry staples and a hands-off method. This is our favorite way to turn an affordable plant-based protein into a meal component to share. We like this over rice noodles, rice, or quinoa, but it's very versatile.
Get the recipe
baked tofu on purple plate
may meal plan week 2

Week 2

The breakfast options here are really great to make ahead and serve up throughout the week. Here’s to easier mornings!


Add a side of fruit to any of these ideas, along with a drink like milk or a smoothie.

Favorite Blueberry Banana Bread
This bread is incredibly moist from the bananas and berries, so it takes a little while to bake through. I add foil in Step 4 to prevent it from becoming too brown. You can enjoy this chilled, cold, or at room temperature.
Get the recipe
Favorite Coconut Chia Pudding
I like to use canned full-fat coconut milk for the best flavor and creamy texture, though you can use “light” coconut milk if that’s what you can find at your store.
Get the recipe
Fluffy Vegan Banana Pancakes
With naturally sweet flavor and a simple method, these pancakes are a favorite Sunday staple in our house. (I sometimes even hide a few bananas on the top of the fridge to ensure we have super ripe ones ready!)
Get the recipe


Make extra quesadillas, stash them in the fridge in a container, and heat them up on future days.

Vegetarian Quesadillas with Beans and Cheese
You can make as few or as many of these easy quesadillas as you like.
Get the recipe
cut up vegetarian quesadillas for kids on plate
Easy Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
Friends, meet my new favorite lightning fast dish. This Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese requires just 5 simple ingredients, zero prep work, and is just the yummiest pasta recipe! 
Get the recipe
sweet potato mac and cheese in bowls.
Tea Sandwiches for Kids
Learn how to make quick tea sandwiches for kids to have at a tea party or a special lunch or snack. There are 6 filling options here, plus tips for cutting bread, which breads to use, and which tea to pair with the finger sandwiches.
Get the recipe
stack of tea sandwiches for kids on plate


Let the kids choose the color of shake they want so they have some control over their snack options.

Creamsicle Popsicles (3-Ingredients!)
Make these freezer pops for a sweet snack or dessert. They’re loaded with probiotics and Vitamin C and taste super fresh.
Get the recipe
Favorite Protein Shakes for Kids (with Veggies!)
Serve up a simple, yet nutritious protein smoothie with three flavor options to choose from.
Get the recipe
veggie protein shakes for kids in cups
Favorite Sprinkle Cookies
These vanilla cookies have crisp edges, an easy method, and less than half the sugar as similar cookies.They are so delicious. You can use your hands or a food processor, and note that you'll form the cookies, then chill them in the fridge while the oven preheats.
Get the recipe
stack of sprinkle cookies on counter


Add rice, pasta, sliced bread, or other easy sides to any of these meals.

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks (to Share with the Kids!)
We like to have these with simple sides such as Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, or Salad. They’re also great in tacos!
Get the recipe
Instant Pot Chana Masala-Style Chickpeas
Try making a super easy Indian food recipe at home with this mild Instant Pot Chana Masala. It's easy to make, freezes beautifully, and packs extra veggies tucked right into the sauce. (This will likely make enough for two meals—I like to freeze the second half for a future week.)
Get the recipe
instant pot chana masala meal.
Quick and Easy Shrimp Tacos
With just 10 minutes of cooking time, you can serve up these Easy Shrimp Tacos with sweet bell peppers to the whole family. Add some simple sides and everyone is sure to be happy!
Get the recipe
shrimp tacos for kids and parents on plates
Easy Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
Friends, meet my new favorite lightning fast dish. This Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese requires just 5 simple ingredients, zero prep work, and is just the yummiest pasta recipe! 
Get the recipe
sweet potato mac and cheese in bowls.
Easy Quinoa Patties (Favorite Quinoa Cakes)
These quick Quinoa Patties are a delicious way to serve quinoa to kids—and adults! Plan to make the quinoa ahead of time so these come together in minutes.
Get the recipe
quinoa patties on purple plate
May meal plan week 3 in grid

Week 3

I love to incorporate smoothies into snacks or meals as an easy way to serve up a lot of nutrients in one fell swoop!


Favorite Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Bake a batch of these Lemon Blueberry Muffins for a family breakfast that's bursting with flavor. They're packed with berries and are so simple to stir together! Serve these warm, at room temperature or cold.
Get the recipe
Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries
This overnight oats recipe makes two toddler-size breakfast portions (or 1 mama-size serving). Double it to make additional servings. 
Get the recipe
Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes
These 4 ingredient pancakes are packed with nutrients and are so yummy. Double the ingredients to make a larger batch to feed a family of four as this recipe is on the smaller side.
Get the recipe


Add diced fruit or applesauce to these lunches, whether serving them at home or packed for school.

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
This is an easy family dinner or lunch. I like to use Spinach Pesto for this, but any will work if you prefer to buy it pre-made from the store.
Get the recipe
Easy Breakfast Burritos
With just 4 simple ingredients, these easy Breakfast Burritos can be made ahead and reheated, or made in minutes and served right away. They're a protein-packed breakfast to share with the kids.
Get the recipe
Homemade Hummus (Without Tahini)
With just 5 minutes and basic pantry ingredients, you can make the yummiest Homemade Hummus without tahini. This means that it's nut-free, so it's an option for school and allergy families, and it's just perfect for dunking crackers or spreading on bread.
Get the recipe
hummus without tahini on plate with dippers.


You can make the strawberry smoothie ahead of time and stash it in the fridge to serve as drinkable yogurt.

Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.
Get the recipe
Quick and Easy No-Bake Granola Bars
You can make these ahead and store in the fridge or freezer and have grab and go snacks on hand for days/weeks!
Get the recipe
no bake granola bars sliced
Easy Strawberry Applesauce
You can use any type of apple you like in this recipe.
Get the recipe
strawberry applesauce in white bowls


Start (or end) the week with a clean-out-the-fridge snack dinner to use up small amounts of foods you might have left to use.

Easy Snack Dinner (to Share with the Kids!)
You can do a big family-style platter or individual ones for the kids depending on your preference. Add anything else that sounds appealing and know that the nutrition info will vary according to what you use.
Get the recipe
Easiest Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
You can double this recipe and use 2 pounds of chicken if desired. Just do your best to spread it into an even layer in the instant pot. (Note: The nutrition facts will vary based on the bbq sauce that you use.)
Get the recipe
instant pot chicken sandwich
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
Before you start, roll a tortilla and make sure it will fit with your baking dish. I call for small ones, but the size can vary a lot depending on whether you use flour or corn and the brand. This recipe was updated and streamlined in October 2020.
Get the recipe
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
This is an easy family dinner or lunch. I like to use Spinach Pesto for this, but any will work if you prefer to buy it pre-made from the store.
Get the recipe
20-Minute Stir Fry Noodles
Try this quick family dinner the next time you're craving fresh comfort food—and want to please the entire family! You can add a protein to this dish if you'd like. See the Notes for options.
Get the recipe
stir fry noodles with vegetables
may meal plan week 4 in grid of 6

Week 4

I often rotate through the same types of lunches each week with slight variations. This helps me not have to keep coming up with new ideas and also use up what we have.


Easy Strawberry Banana Bread
Bursting with fruit and the moistness you expect from a classic loaf, this lower-sugar Strawberry Banana Bread is a seriously delicious breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Get the recipe
Best Banana Yogurt
This recipe make enough for 2-4 servings of yogurt, depending on the appetite of your child. See the Notes at the bottom for storage tips if you have leftovers. You can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.
Get the recipe
Peach Banana Smoothie (with Cottage Cheese)
This simple smoothie is easy to make and is super creamy without many ingredients. You can even share it with your kiddo! Be sure to blend it very well to ensure the best creamy texture.
Get the recipe


Add easy sides to these lunch ideas and a drink to ensure the kids have enough to eat.

Easy Beet Hummus
This brightly colored hummus is a delicious spread for crackers, toast, or sandwiches. Or it can be served as a dip. You can omit the tahini if needed for an allergy.
Get the recipe
beet hummus on blue plate with crackers
Pizza Muffins (with Veggies!)
These work well to make ahead and warm up for an easy lunch or dinner. These taste best served warm.
Get the recipe
Spinach Egg Muffins
Egg muffins will stick to a muffin tin unless you grease it well with nonstick spray. So try not to skimp on that step!
Get the recipe


Serve these for morning or afternoon snack, depending on your schedule.

Sweet Potato Teething Biscuits (Easy Baby Rusks)
This recipe has just a few healthy ingredients and is perfect for teething babies to chew on. They’re also a great cracker for older kiddos! This recipe is adapted and excerpted from The Big Book of Plant-Based Baby Foods by Tamika L. Gardner. 
Get the recipe
Favorite Carrot Smoothie
Bursting with vitamin C from citrus, mango, and carrots, this carrot smoothie is a delicious way to offer veggies to the kids. (The key to this smoothie is blending it super smooth, so don't be afraid to let the blender run for 30-60 seconds!)
Get the recipe
Healthy Banana Cookies (to Share with the Kids)
These are an easy whole grain cookie to share with the kids—they're a great baby cookie! Try them for snack, dessert, or as a breakfast cookie
Get the recipe
banana cookies on wire rack
Favorite Zucchini Baby Food
Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. Plus: Find storage and serving tips.
Get the recipe


Take any dinnertime shortcuts you may need to make these meals come together a little faster.

Homemade Cauliflower Tots
With quinoa, cauliflower, and cheese, these healthy little tots are a great finger food for kids. This recipe makes about 20 tots, which is 4-6 servings for toddlers—or 1-2 servings for adults.
Get the recipe
cauliflower tots on white and red plate
Easy Taco Roll Ups
This super simple riff on tacos takes just minutes to make, is really satisfying, and is great for lunch, dinner, or even snack. (This makes 6 rolled-up tacos, so you can adjust this as needed for your family.) 
Get the recipe
Taco roll ups on kids plate with sides.
Easy Marinara Sauce with Extra Veggies
Serve this sauce with 1 pound of your family's favorite pasta for an easy and healthy dinner.
Get the recipe
easy marinara sauce in jar on towel
One-Pot Pesto Chicken and Rice
With a quick cooking time and easy method, this Pesto Chicken and Rice is a delicious family meal to share. It's flavorful, versatile, and just so delish.
Get the recipe
healthy chicken and brown rice on kids plate
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup for Kids
This easy recipe makes a big pot of comforting soup to feed the whole family—babies, toddlers, and big kids included. The leftovers store nicely so you can enjoy it for a few days!
Get the recipe
chicken soup for kids in teal bowl
Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza
You can use any store bought crust for this recipe, or try my easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I like making these as personal pizzas for the kids since they cook so fast, but you can also make one large pizza. See the Notes at the bottom for that info.
Get the recipe
happy family meals ebook ad

Related Recipes

You can find all of my monthly meal plans here for more ideas throughout the year!

Related Posts

Related Products

Share it with the world


Filed Under

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


    1. I am working on that option. In the meantime, you can print it at home or print it at a local copy shop.

  1. Hi,

    The Instant Pot Chicken & Rice links to Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos. I couldn’t find the recipe on your site. Can you share please?


    1. Sorry for not being clear. It’s that same recipe, you just serve it with rice instead of with tortillas!