5 Healthyish Recipes For The New Year (That My Kids Actually Eat)


5 Healthyish Recipes For The New Year (That My Kids Actually Eat)

Let me preface this by saying I am calling this healthyish for a reason. I do not consider myself a super nutrition-conscious mom. We aren’t vegetarian or gluten free, and I often wonder if my kids are eating enough vegetables. My kids eat McDonald’s from time-to-time, we eat pizza every Friday night for my sanity, and my kitchen is closed on Sundays. But I DO put thought into our meal plan each week and I try to be cognizant of the decisions I’m making for my family. Making the weekly grocery order and planning meals is a big stressor for me (on top of the normal mental load moms carry), so I am ALWAYS looking for recipes that are: quick, easy, healthyish, kid-approved and reheat-friendly.

Having a list of meals on rotation that tick these boxes has helped me a lot, so I want to share some of our family favorites with you. All of these meals can be changed up any way that sounds best for you and yours. For example, my girls are not Brussels sprout fans but they love broccoli, so I swap when needed with works for us.

Here are five of my go-to meals:

  1. Honey Sriracha Meatballs, Brown Rice, & Asparagus: This is probably our favorite go-to. I serve this to my kids without the sauce on the meatballs and it is great as leftovers. I also go easy on the sriracha in case they want some dipping sauce.
  2. Copycat Lettuce Wraps: One skillet meals are the best. My littles skip the lettuce part but they love the meat over rice. Throw a fruit or veggie on their plates with the meat and boom…you’ve got a healthy kid-approved meal!
  3. Rachel Ray’s Jambalaya: I think this recipe could easily be switched to a slow cooker meal. We don’t include the shrimp because of seafood allergies and it’s still delicious. My kids love when I use the ice cream scoop to serve their rice.
  4. Garlic Butter Meatballs & Zoodles: I don’t know what it is about meatballs, but my girls are fans! Don’t love zoodles? Switch it to your favorite type of noodles!
  5. Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies: Again, it’s ONE PAN and that is my jam. My family loves sausage, but it could be switched for chicken or fish if that’s more your family’s speed.

And an extra one just because…

Beef and Broccoli: Who doesn’t love a good slow cooker meal?! Throw it all in and let the Crock-Pot do its thing.

 I hope these meal ideas help! If you have go-tos that your family loves, send ‘em on by leaving a comment below!


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