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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!
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!
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.
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.
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
I love the burst of flavor that the fresh lemon adds to this recipe, so it's worth adding that ingredient if you can. These can be served at room temperature or slightly warmed according to your preference.
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.
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. Posted with Permission from The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook
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. The nutrition information in this recipe will vary based on the ingredients you choose to use.
Any pasta shape works in this recipe, so choose your family’s favorite! Omit the garlic if you think the flavor might be too strong for your people. My kids prefer this without the garlic. I like it with it for myself!
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.
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!)
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.
Favorite Sprinkle Cookies (to Share with the Kids)
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.
If you can’t find garam masala, you can leave it out, though it adds authentic flavor that you’d expect if you’ve eaten Chana Masala in a restaurant. This will likely make enough for two meals—I like to freeze the second half for a future week.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
This makes 6 rolled up tacos, so you can adjust this as needed for your family. Taste the refried beans before you make the roll ups and adjust the salt and/or cumin if needed. You can also serve the ingredients in separate bowls and let your family serve themselves.
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.