Three Extremely Simple Family-Friendly Weeknight Dinners

Lisa Austin Most Recent, Nutrition Related

Being a parent involves plenty of responsibilities. Making sure your family eats well is one of the most significant. 

It can also present some of your greatest daily challenges. If you already have a busy schedule, finding the time to regularly prepare tasty and nutritious meals for your family may not seem easy.

That’s understandable. However, it doesn’t have to be the case. First of all, you have other options when you don’t have time to cook, such as ordering from a kids meal delivery service. Additionally, there are plenty of recipes that are easy enough to whip up on a weeknight when you’re pressed for time. Examples include:

Lemon Chicken

Many kids already love chicken. Thankfully, adding a little extra flavor to your chicken dish is fairly simple. Just coat some boneless and skinless chicken breasts in flour and Italian breadcrumbs, then cook the chicken in vegetable oil on medium heat. Garnish the cooked chicken with lemon zest for a delicious but simple dinner.

Keep in mind that chicken is a healthy source of protein. That makes it an ideal food for kids, as protein helps children develop strong brains and immune systems.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Any parent knows there will be days when kids want something a little on the hearty side for dinner. This one pot chili mac and cheese is perfect for those nights.

Start by mincing two cloves of garlic and dicing one onion. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a Dutch oven (or large skillet if you don’t have one) and add the garlic, onion, and eight ounces of ground beef. Crumble the beef while it cooks and continue cooking until brown. This should take about three to five minutes. 

Once the beef is fully cooked, drain any excess fat, then stir in four cups of chicken broth, one 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes, ¾ of a cup of canned white kidney beans, ¾ of a cup of canned regular kidney beans, two teaspoons of chili powder, and one teaspoon of cumin, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add 10 ounces of elbow macaroni. Bring everything to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer until the pasta is cooked (approximately 13 to 15 minutes). Next, remove the pot from the heat, top the mixture with ¾ of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and cover the mixture again for about two minutes, or until the cheese is melted. This recipe delivers both protein and calcium, which also plays an important role in a child’s development!

Honey Salmon

Introduce your kids to nutritious seafood with this recipe! All you have to do is whisk together ¾ of a cup of honey, 3 minced garlic cloves, a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, a tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. While you’re whisking, let the oven preheat to 375 degrees.

Then, place two pounds of salmon on a sheet of foil and top with the honey mixture. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon so it’s completely covered. Bake the salmon in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. You’re all set!

Again, keeping your family well-fed on weeknights may seem challenging, but it can be much easier than you think. These recipes prove it!

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