Find 4 weeks of easy family meals to feed your entire family this month—all kid-and parent approved—that are easy to make and serve!

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Easy Family Meal Plan

I know that feeding a family is a logistical challenge that frustrates even those of us who enjoy cooking—and can feel overwhelming even on the best days. This new family meal plan is meant to help take some of the decisions off your plate so you can decide what to cook in less time.

And also cook and eat meals you actually want to eat! Add simple sides of kid-friendly vegetables or fruits to the meal to round them out and make sure there’s plenty for everyone to eat.

TIP: These meals can be eaten by babies eating finger foods on up through parents. They may have to be served somewhat differently, but are all suitable.

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Meal Planning by Themes

I make my family meals plans based on the idea of themes that repeat weekly or biweekly. This adds in routine so the kids have a better idea of what to expect—and on a night when you’re not having their favorite, you can remind them that their favorite is coming up soon!—and to make it easier to stock your pantry and use up ingredients.

TIP: You can use this plan in the order that I have it here or move meals around as you like. I have free meal planning templates in my Resource Library that you can print out and fill in as you like too.

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Week 1

Fill in breakfasts with easy options like cereal, toast, freezer waffles, and yogurt and granola. Add simple sides to any dinners to round things out.

Breakfast

Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are a yummy way to serve vegetables for breakfast and use up zucchini should you find yourself with extra. These can be served plain or with a side of yogurt or applesauce to babies and younger eaters, or with maple syrup—they are very versatile!
Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes
zucchini-pancakes-on-teal-fork-on-plate
Easy Cherry Smoothie
Try this naturally sweet cherry smoothie is filled with nutritious ingredients including cherries, banana, and creamy yogurt. Add the nut butter if desired for extra protein and flavor.
Easy Cherry Smoothie
cherry smoothie in jars
Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats
This recipe makes enough for one adult or for one adult and one small child serving. It's easy to double, so make more as needed!
Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats
strawberry overnight oats in jars.

Snacks

Easy Strawberry Applesauce
You can use any type of apple you like in this recipe.
Easy Strawberry Applesauce
strawberry applesauce in white bowls
Easy Mango Popsicles (2-Ingredients!)
These super easy Mango Popsicles are crazy simple to make—they have just two ingredients—and they are completely refreshing. Plus, the vitamin C, probiotics, and protein make them a nutritious snack for those little bellies!
Easy Mango Popsicles (2-Ingredients!)
mango popsicles on white plate
Favorite Raspberry Smoothie
Blend a handful of nutritious ingredients into a deliciously refreshing Raspberry Smoothie. With options to make this with banana or without, ways to add protein, and tips for storing leftovers, this post has everything you need to get started. See the Notes for variations.
Favorite Raspberry Smoothie
raspberry smoothies in three cups with yellow straws
Easy Rocket Pops
Packed with produce and flavor, these easy Rocket Pops are a fun homemade popsicle that's perfect for celebrating. (Plan to make these at least 6 hours before you plan to serve them, or the day before to be sure they'll be firm enough to serve.)
Easy Rocket Pops
easy rocket pops on counter.

Lunch

Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)
Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.
Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)
spinach eggs on two plates on countertop.
Easy Baked Zucchini Fritters
We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin's worth!
Easy Baked Zucchini Fritters
healthy zucchini fritters
Easy Turkey Wrap Recipe
Roll up a few simple ingredients to make this delicious Turkey Wrap recipe in minutes. It's a great lunch wrap for home or school, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit the preferences of your child. This makes one wrap, so scale up as desired.
Easy Turkey Wrap Recipe
sliced-turkey-wrap-in-teal-lunchbox
Banana Sushi (3-Ingredient Kids Lunch)
Banana Sushi is a seriously fun and fast lunch for kids—that's filling too! Plus: You only need three nutritious ingredients to make this lunch.
Banana Sushi (3-Ingredient Kids Lunch)
banana-sushi-on-white-plate

Dinners

Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice and Tofu
I like to use vegetables like carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, and snap peas in this easy recipe. Plan to cook the rice ahead of time or to get it started first.
Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice and Tofu
sesame-tofu-with-veggies-and-rice-in-bowl
How to Make Kids Salad (They’ll Actually Want to Eat)
Here’s a look at basic templates for making kid-friendly salads. Pick and choose the ingredients you like! (Nutrition info will vary according to the ingredients you use.)
How to Make Kids Salad (They’ll Actually Want to Eat)
kids-salad-on-white-plate
Easy Taco Buffet (No-Cooking Required!)
I prefer to make these vegetarian since it’s easier, but you can of course add in cooked chicken, beef, or shrimp if you like! Add another can of beans or additional corn to feed a larger family or appetites.
Easy Taco Buffet (No-Cooking Required!)
taco-buffet-ingredients-in-white-plates
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.
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
pesto-pasta-salad-in-bowl
Easy Vegetable Pancakes
We like these dipped in sour cream guacamole, salsa, or Cucumber Sauce.
Easy Vegetable Pancakes
stack-of-vegetable-pancakes
Easy Zucchini Burgers
Stretch your ground beef and add a veggie right into moist burger patties with this simple family dinner recipe.
Easy Zucchini Burgers
zucchini-burger-on-bun-on-blue-plate

Week 2

I love having a weekly salad night in the summer since fresh produce is usually easy to come by. Serve the elements deconstructed for the kids as needed, add a dressing they like (my girls like ranch!) and add some bread or a muffin on the side as needed.

Breakfast

Favorite Blueberry Banana Smoothie
This quick and easy Blueberry Banana Smoothie is a great option for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert. (Frozen banana will create a slightly thicker smoothie, so if you plan to serve this through a straw, I recommend doing either frozen blueberries OR bananas, but not both. See the Notes at the end for more tips.)
Favorite Blueberry Banana Smoothie
blueberry-banana-smoothie-in-cups
Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries
Combine three types of produce in a batch of Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries. It’s the best of all the baked goods in one convenient (and nutritious) package!
Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries
blueberry-banana-zucchini-muffins-on-plate
Overnight Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Stir together this wholesome Blueberry Baked Oatmeal before bed, pop it into the oven when you wake up, and enjoy a hearty bowl of oatmeal with the family without any standing by the stove and stirring. Plus: It reheats so well. Adapted from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.
Overnight Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
baked oatmeal recipe

Snacks

Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Blend two nutritious ingredients into a thick and creamy treat to share with the kids! Double this to make additional servings.
Homemade Frozen Yogurt
cherry frozen yogurt in pink bowl.
Chocolate Covered Bananas
These Chocolate Covered Bananas are frozen into popsicles that are so easy to make and so seriously fun. The chocolate pudding has a perfect texture once frozen, you can add sprinkles if you want, and use either paper lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks.
Chocolate Covered Bananas
chocolate-covered-bananas-on-parchment-paper-1
Favorite Yogurt Melts (Easiest Yogurt Bites!)
These melt-in-your mouth yogurt bites are a fun way to serve yogurt. Plan to make them at least 2 hours before you want to serve them.
Favorite Yogurt Melts (Easiest Yogurt Bites!)
blueberry-yogurt-melts-on-gray-plate

Lunch

So Good Spinach Egg Muffins
These mini Spinach Egg Muffins mix up in minutes and are one of our go-to easy meals. They're packed with iron and protein, and you can make them ahead and stash them in the fridge until you need them for the kids.
So Good Spinach Egg Muffins
spinach-egg-muffins-on-blue-divided-plate
DIY Pizza Lunchables
Have more fun with lunch with this super quick and easy Pizza Lunchable idea. It's one of our favorite copycat recipes that makes it less expensive to recreate Lunchables at home…that you can even customize!
DIY Pizza Lunchables
homemade pizza lunchable on counter.
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.
Easy Avocado Pasta
avocado-pasta-in-bowls-on-towel

Dinners

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.
One-Pot Pesto Chicken and Rice
healthy chicken and brown rice on kids plate
Easy Greek Pita Pizzas
Serve these assembled as shown, or with the toasted pita bread alongside the hummus and toppings depending on how your child will prefer it.
Easy Greek Pita Pizzas
greek pita pizzas on pink plate with peaches
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.)
Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Easy Pasta with Summer Squash
With just a few ingredients and a super simple method, you can serve up this fresh pasta with summer squash dinner to everyone at the table. It's ready in under 30 minutes and is versatile, too.
Easy Pasta with Summer Squash
zucchini-pasta-in-adult-and-kids-bowl
Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza
With three simple ingredients, iron and vitamin C in the sauce, and a kid-friendly format, this super easy Pesto Pizza is a perfect kids lunch or dinner that parents will enjoy, too!
Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza
pesto-pizza-on-pink-plate
Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
These tender fish cakes make a quick and easy pantry meal when you haven’t planned ahead for dinner. Recipe updated slightly to ensure moistness in June 2021.
Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
salmon-cakes-on-parent-and-child-plate
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Week 3

I tend to get into a cooking rut by about mid-month so I deliberately have a few new recipes in the mix this week. Feel free to swap in leftovers or a favorite family meal whenever it works for you.

Breakfast

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.
Favorite Lemon Blueberry Muffins
lemon-blueberry-muffins-on-wire-rack
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.
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
strawberry-smoothie-in-jar-and-cups
Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
You can make this with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use the yogurt option to turn it into a quick and easy chia seed pudding.
Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
blueberry chia seed jam in jar

Snacks

Easy Zucchini Cookies
Pack your next batch of cookies with veggies and yummy flavor with these easy Zucchini Cookies. They are low in added sugars, are allergy-friendly, and are just delicious.
Easy Zucchini Cookies
chocolate-chip-zucchini-cookies-on-plate
Easy Blueberry Crisp
Bursting with blueberries, this easy Blueberry Crisp is a delicious dessert or breakfast to share. Use fresh or frozen berries, according to what you have access to.
Easy Blueberry Crisp
blueberry-crisp-on-blue-tea-towel
Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids)
This is a perfect way to use up some of a giant watermelon and is also a wonderful way to help the kids stay hydrated in the warmer months. You can scale the recipe up or down to make more or less as you like.
Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids)
watermelon-juice-in-mason-jars

Lunch

Easy Veggie Muffins
Serve up veggies in a kid-friendly form with these SO-good Veggie Muffins. They have broccoli, carrots, protein, and kid-approved flavor!
Easy Veggie Muffins
veggie muffins on gray towel
Vegetarian Quesadillas with Beans and Cheese
You can make as few or as many of these easy quesadillas as you like.
Vegetarian Quesadillas with Beans and Cheese
cut up vegetarian quesadillas for kids on plate
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)
For delicious homemade pizza without the work and in a lot less time, Flatbread Pizza to the rescue. Adjust this for allergies as you need.
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)
flatbread-pizza-on-plates-with-apple-slices

Dinners

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.
20-Minute Stir Fry Noodles
stir fry noodles with vegetables
Sweet Potato Chicken Bowls (Easy Meal Prep)
You can meal prep this recipe to have ready for future lunches or dinners to share with the kids or you can make it as a family dinner. Add flavor to your bowl with the optional ingredients.
Sweet Potato Chicken Bowls (Easy Meal Prep)
chicken-and-sweet-potato-bowls-for-kid-and-parent
Baked Sheet Pan Nachos
These Baked Sheet Pan Nachos have a tender potato base and are topped with black beans, cheese, salsa and veggies. They're a total family dinner hit. (You can add some of the ingredients to some of the areas—leaving the spinach off, adding more salsa or spice—to customize for everyone at the table.)
Baked Sheet Pan Nachos
healthy loaded potato nachos
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.
Favorite Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Oatmeal banana pancakes on plate with banana slices.
Pasta Salad with Chicken
This simple Pasta Salad with Chicken works well anytime of the year, but the flavors are particularly great in summer. Try it for dinner, a potluck, or to meal-prep lunch.
Pasta Salad with Chicken
pasta salad with chicken in bowls.
Favorite Pizza Rolls (with Veggies)
This Pizza Rolls recipe is packed with nutrition—and even greens!—but the cheese, and silly spiral shape makes them much more appeal to toddlers and big kids. Be sure to grease your pan well and roll the dough up fairly tightly around the fillings for best results. (But it's okay if they don't look perfect when they go into the pan!) 
Favorite Pizza Rolls (with Veggies)
pizza-rolls-on-kids-plate
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Week 4

For the mac and cheese dinner, use your favorite boxed kind and add 2 cups frozen broccoli per box for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking the pasta. (Add it right to the pot!) Drain and mix into the sauce.

Breakfast

Simple Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 
Simple Green Smoothie
green-smoothie-in-glass
Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes
These Cottage Cheese Pancakes have just a few ingredients and are packed with nutrients. So yummy! Double the ingredients to make a larger batch to feed a family of four as this recipe is on the smaller side.
Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes
cottage-cheese-pancakes-on-pooh-plate
Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana
These healthy spinach muffins taste like a delicious banana muffin, but with the added nutrition of a big handful of spinach. These store well, so you can make them ahead of time and pull them out of the fridge or freezer to serve.
Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana
spinach banana muffins on pink plate

Lunch

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (5-Ingredient)
With a simple cheese sauce—no standing and stirring over the stove here!—a solid dose of veggies, and a super creamy final result, this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a fast lunch or dinner option for toddlers. (And the rest of the family, too!)
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (5-Ingredient)
cauliflower mac and cheese on teal spoon
Easy Egg Cups (with Zucchini and Cheese)
Feel free to double the recipe to make a full 24 mini muffins! We like to stash these in the fridge to eat all week, so having more is usually helpful in our house.
Easy Egg Cups (with Zucchini and Cheese)
zucchini egg cups with berries and crackers
Easiest Homemade Uncrustables
You can make one sandwich at a time, or make a batch of a few to stash in the freezer. Adjust this as needed for your preference.
Easiest Homemade Uncrustables
homemade-uncrustable-in-lunchbox

Snacks

Easy Stewed Peaches
You can make these with slightly underripe peaches (which is handy if you happen to have a lot of them).
Easy Stewed Peaches
stewed-peaches-in-white-bowls
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.
Green Smoothie Freezer Pops
green-smoothie-pop-on-plate
Favorite Protein Shakes for Kids (with Veggies!)
Serve up a simple, yet nutritious protein smoothie with three flavor options to choose from.
Favorite Protein Shakes for Kids (with Veggies!)
veggie protein shakes for kids in cups
Favorite Yogurt Dip for Fruit
You can stir together this 3-ingredient Yogurt Dip for fruit in about a minute, then serve up a fruit plate with extra flavor. Try this with any fruit the kids like, or even with graham crackers, toast sticks, or cut up waffles.
Favorite Yogurt Dip for Fruit
yogurt dip on plate with strawberries

Dinners

Best Healthy Mini Meatballs
Classic Italian meatballs with kale tucked inside to help toddlers eat their greens! (You can of course use the more traditional parsley instead of kale if you prefer.)
Best Healthy Mini Meatballs
mini-meatballs-in-skillet-with-sauce
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!
Quick and Easy Shrimp Tacos
shrimp tacos for kids and parents on plates
Easy Ratatouille with Pasta
This recipe makes enough for two meals. You can cut it in half if desired, but I like to make the larger batch and keep half in the freezer for a future meal—it's the same amount of cooking effort, so why not!
Easy Ratatouille with Pasta
ratatouille-pasta-in-white-and-kids-bowl
Easy Stuffed Peppers Skillet
You can use whichever type of rice your family likes best. We rotate through short grain brown rice, basmati, and jasmine. Adults may want to top their portions with shredded fresh basil and/or crushed red pepper.
Easy Stuffed Peppers Skillet
skillet-stuffed-peppers-in-adult-and-kid-bowl
Favorite Pizza Pockets
Whether you're looking for a healthy make-ahead dinner for the whole family or a new way to serve up veggies, these Homemade Pizza Pockets are a delish option. (If using Homemade Pizza Dough, make it at least an hour before you plan to assemble the pockets. If using store-bought, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so it's not too cold when you try to form the pockets.)
Favorite Pizza Pockets
Pizza pockets on baking sheet.
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I’d love to hear your feedback on this meal plan. If there are things it would help you to have in the next one, please comment so I can make it work harder for you!

This post was first published July 2020.

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