Cooking for a crowd can be tough, especially when you the pickiest of critics in the bunch, and you just want to make sure everyone is getting a healthy meal! It’s frustrating, we totally get it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
We’ve compiled 16 of the best and tastiest family meals that are kid approved, easy to make, and above all, good for you. Have a look through, and enjoy!
Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders: just like the classic, only better! These chicken tenders are completely gluten and grain free, and easy to make. Pair with a side salad or steamed veggies, and of course, ketchup and mustard!
Make Your Own (Healthy) Tacos: tacos don’t have to be unhealthy! This recipe suggests swapping in Greek yogurt for sourcream and going heavy on the veggies. Use lettuce cups for a low carb and gluten free taco!
Chicken & Rice Casserole: healthy eating certainly doesn’t have to be expensive either. This gluten free casserole is a perfect mix of good-for-you ingredients that won’t break the bank!
Chicken Spinach Spaghetti Squash Casserole: this dish is great if you’re looking for a different “pasta” type, but still want to air on the low carb side. Spaghetti squash is also fun because you can make this dish and plate it right in the squash. Kids will love getting to eat from this fun shape!
Healthy Turkey Meatballs over Zoodles: miss spaghetti and meatballs? This is a great dish for getting that classic Italian flavor while also being packed with protein and veggies! A great way to get kids to try a different vegetable 😉
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie: sometimes you just need good comfort food!
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soup: who doesn’t love a good instant pot recipe?! Throw in all of your ingredients then step away to continue what you were doing. Come dinner time, you’ll have dinner ready to go and for a family!
Vegan Lentil Bolognese: interested in going a more plant based route? This is a great recipe that will be familiar to kids both in name and texture, but vary on one key ingredient: no meat! To replace the meat, you’ll use lentils, and it is delicious!
5 Minute Lemon Garlic Shrimp: this dish will make you feel fancy, it will satisfy all of the bellies, and it will taste good!
Slow Cooker Taco Spice Chili: slow cooker recipes are just the best! This soup is great for getting in veggies and protein, all while being low in carb. A definite crowd pleaser!
20 Minute Lemon Baked Salmon: another quick and easy dish, serve this salmon with a side of roasted sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables or salad, and you are good to go!
Sweet Potato Pasta Bake: this is a fun twist on a traditional pasta bake- instead of using noodles, you’ll used spiralized sweet potato noodles! Don’t worry- you can pick these up at most grocery stores in the produce section, so no need to break out the spiralizer and make a mess!
Make Your Own Paleo Pizza: this recipe is great and fun for kids on a Friday or weekend night- make this grain free, gluten free pizza crust for a healthier twist on pizza and have the kids and adults top with whatever their hearts desire! You can lay out marinara, vegan mozzarella, regular mozzarella, sliced bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, and the like. Have everyone build their own pizza, bake and serve!
Freezable Vegan Veggie Burgers: turn burger night into veggie burger night with these easy and freezable vegan veggie burgers! Make them in a large batch them place them in the freezer for whenever everyone is down for a burger night.
Lightened Up Mac n Cheese: a kid favorite always, this lighter version tastes like the real deal but won’t feel as heavy afterwards. Swap in gluten free bean pasta for more protein as well!
Chinese Cauliflower Fried Rice Casserole: “takeout” night is a must, and with an easy casserole like this, eating healthy is more than doable! The cauliflower rice subs in regular rice to make it low in carbohydrates, but feel free to swap in quinoa or brown rice if you don’t need or want to make low carb dishes!