These 33 healthy family dinner ideas will help you make dinner tonight with minimal effort! Quick, healthy dinner recipes to feed hungry teenagers, kids, and picky toddlers. Each of these quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas is a tasty recipe that is a family-approved meal and full of nutritious ingredients.
Need Ideas for Quick Healthy Dinners?
Whether you are making dinner for a family of 4 (or more) or two or one, figuring out what to put on the dinner table can be challenging.
We can all get stumped when trying to match up healthy eating with cooking a delicious meal that the entire family will love! Getting the whole family to agree on what to eat for dinner can be a challenge.
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Luckily, I've collected over 30 of my top healthy family dinner ideas to help you plan out what to eat or make something for dinner tonight!
All of these ideas use healthy ingredients, are family and kid-friendly, and many take less than 30 minutes to make (aside from the crock pot recipes!) Some are even vegetarian recipes or can be made vegetarian.
This list will give you a month of quick healthy dinner ideas for busy nights. Whether you plan a regular taco night, focus on sheet pan dinners, or another easy weeknight meal from this list, finding your favorites and repeating them will make life easier.
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Looking for freezer meals to make ahead of time? This list of make-ahead meal ideas makes the perfect meal-prep dinners that make busy weeknights easier.
Favorite Cheap and Healthy Family Dinners
This juicy & healthy turkey burger recipe is quick to meal prep and on the grill in just 10 minutes.
Just 15 minutes and a few of your favorite pizza toppings for one of the most popular healthy family dinner ideas out there!
Delicious Greek flavors make this recipe one of the most versatile healthy family dinner ideas and the best healthy chicken dinners out there. Use this grilled chicken as a base in just about any salad, bowl, or wrap.
Super fast to make in just 20 minutes. Carne asada can be used in rice bowls, tacos, burritos, or a quesadilla.
Just 3 ingredients - chicken, salsa and garlic! One of those no-brainer family dinner ideas that is healthy and so versatile to use in a ton of different recipes.
Super quick pizza recipe that can be on the table in less than 10 minutes. Your family will love picking out their favorite toppings!
Mix up your weeknight protein choice with this simple and flavorful pork tenderloin.
One of the most popular family dinner ideas on my blog thanks to delicious flavors, crispy outsides, and hidden veggies!
Much quicker than slow cooking or using the stove, this easy steak recipe is full of flavor and super versatile. Make the steak ahead of time and add it to a quesadilla or serve with microwave brown rice for a simple 10-minute dinner.
If you're out of eggs or have a family member with an egg allergy, this no-egg meatball is for you! Juicy and flavorful!
Better than takeout with even more flavor and healthy ingredients!
Quesadillas are one of our go-to healthy family dinner ideas when we are low on time and want something easy.
Better than boxed, this healthy hamburger helper is super simple with healthy ingredients and is super kid-friendly.
This fun and delicious meal tastes even better than your favorite Taco Bell recipe.
Meatloaf is always one of the best family dinner ideas for a comfy-cozy meal everyone will enjoy.
Add these ingredients to your slow cooker and enjoy the delicious roast beef and hearty veggies.
Easy yet elevated with delicious flavors - you'd swear it was from a restaurant.
Cheesy chicken is easy to make in your instant pot and can be eaten over noodles or in a sandwich.
If you are out of breadcrumbs or are looking for a no-breadcrumb meatloaf recipe - this one uses quinoa!
A whole casserole is one of my favorite family dinner ideas that feeds a crowd with minimal effort.
One of the most popular recipes on my site, this chicken is super juicy, flavorful and has a delicious crisp.
A meal that feels fancy but is super easy to make in just 30 minutes!
A classic family favorite that will bring everyone to the table.
Simple, yet healthy, and feeds a crowd!
If your family likes meatballs, these are even better than the Ikea version!
Lightened-up alfredo sauce you can make in your crock pot!
Move over chicken and waffles, this is chicken and pancakes! Using pancake mix and a crispy cereal coating, this delicious air fryer chicken recipe is so flavorful and crispy - your family will love it!
No-breading chicken tenders are great to throw in a wrap or eat in a salad.
Mix up burger night by throwing all of the ingredients into a bowl!
Each family will have its own set of nutritional requirements that will indicate the healthiest thing to eat for dinner. This topic should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
What works for our family is a balanced eating approach where we incorporate a balance of different food groups.
Generally, our meals consist of protein, veggies, and starch. Check out the list of healthy family dinner ideas above and see what you can make! One of the best ways to save money and eat better is to use what you have on hand.
The most popular recipes for family meals on my blog are air fryer chicken breast, eggless meatballs, and honey garlic crock pot chicken. Chicken is our general protein of choice and meatballs are usually on our meal plan a few nights a month too.
You can feed your family healthy food on a budget! Meal planning and meal prepping help along with being strategic about eating what's in season.
Making an Aldi meal plan and shopping at stores like Aldi and Walmart are helpful in finding better prices for groceries. I also shop at Sam's Club for items that we tend to consume more of and at farmer's markets for fresh local produce.
Shopping in your pantry and freezer first are also two great ways to cut down on your food budget. It takes a bit of organization and planning but the reduced food cost is worth it!
- 4 tortillas
- 16 oz rotisserie chicken chopped or shredded
- 2 TB fresh basil chopped or chiffonade
- 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
- ½ jar Pizza sauce about 135 grams
- To begin, heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray or brush olive oil onto the skillet.
- Place the tortilla on the skillet. Add toppings and cheese to one half.
- Allow tortilla to cook for a few minutes until you notice the cheese is beginning to melt and the under side of the tortilla is starting to brown.
- Flip over the half of the tortilla without toppings on to the half with toppings making a half moon shape.
- Allow tortilla to cook for a minute more then flip. Cook until tortilla is browned to your liking and cheese is melted.
- Cut in half or into quarters and serve immediately.