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15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that finding one meal that everyone in the family likes is a challenge!

But as busy parents we also don’t want to have to make separate meals for the kids either. The good news is there are some amazing healthy family meals out there that are:

  • Healthy
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy top prepare
  • Great tasting
  • Sure to please kids and parents alike

There are a lot of food and recipe sites out there, but we’ve whittled down the thousands of recipes to these top 15.

These healthy family meals are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters and will make a great addition to your dinner table. More importantly, these winning recipes meet the challenge of today’s busy families.

Let’s review the best healthy family meals for your picky eaters!

1. Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers

    This recipe, courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian of The Food Network is delicious, healthy and surprisingly easy to prepare. It’s no wonder it has over 100 reviews and rates 5 stars!

    Melissa is the host of Ten Dollar Dinners and The Picky Eater’s Project. She’s also a mother of four and recent first-time cookbook author.

    This amazing recipe features:

    • Store-bought puff pastry saves a lot of time
    • Only 20 minutes prep time
    • Kids will love the “hot pocket-style” but the flavor of a traditional chicken pot pie

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. Mini Meat Loaf

      This healthy family meal, courtesy of Susie Cover’s book The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Will Love and published on Parenting.com is a healthy option in that it can be prepared with either ground beef or turkey.

      Kids will love that these fun-sized mini meatloaves are easy to dip in ketchup. They are also perfect for packing for a school lunch or picnic.

      Susie has over 15 years as a professional chef, cookbook author, and founder of a series of prepared food companies.

      This future family staple:

      • Tastes great warm or at room temp
      • Can be formed to any size – no wasted food!
      • Can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta

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        This delicious and healthy mac ‘n cheese alternative comes to us from Hillary Smith over at Bon Appétit.

        Hillary is the associate marketing director at Bon Appétit, but clearly knows her way around the kitchen too. Here, Hillary does the unthinkable and gets picky eaters come back for seconds on cauliflower!

        This new family favorite:

        • Is easy to make
        • Features delicious parmesan and pine nuts
        • Roasts the cauliflower to get it tender with a deeper flavor

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

          This 5 star recipe is from Rachael Ray, courtesy of The Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals.

          This amazingly flavorful dish:

          • Can be made in 25 minutes
          • Is so delicious kids won’t even question eating lettuce
          • Is packed with veggies

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Eggplant Parmigiana in a Pasta Sauce

          This amazing recipe re-do comes from Ole & Shaina Olmanson and Babble is a much healthier, but just as tasty a version of traditional eggplant parmesan.

          This fantastic dinner option:

          • Cuts the fried eggplant and lengthy prep stages
          • Calls for ground beef but could easily be made vegetarian
          • Tastes even better the next day!

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          6. Po-tacos!

            This creative reinvention of the classic taco comes from Weelicious founder Catherine and her friend Joanna. The idea is to use a baked potato split down the middle as the “shell” for your taco.

            Of course a baked potato is healthier than a fried taco shell or fat-laden tortilla. But she also gets incredibly creative with the topping options, going far beyond a typical taco.

            This new classic:

            • Has endless filling possibilities from pesto veggies to pulled pork
            • Could easily be made with sweet potatoes instead
            • Only take a whopping 10 minutes prep time!

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            7. Crispy Chicken, Ham, and Swiss Roll-Ups

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              This tasty addition to our healthy family meals comes from Jiselle Basile over at Cooking Light. Jiselle has taken the classic ham and cheese sandwich and reinvented it as a roll-up.

              This “meaty, cheesy, moist and crunchy” treat gets healthy by going in the oven instead of into a frying pan.

              This amazing recipe:

              • Is only 351 calories per serving
              • Uses all white meat chicken and ham
              • Is low in sugar and saturated fat

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              8. Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken with Rice

                This amazing redo of everyone’s favorite Chinese takeout comes from Kristen over at A Mind “Full” Mom.

                Kristen has crafted a recipe that is not too spicy or sweet. That makes the kids happy. But it’s has enough complex flavors to have the adults coming back for seconds.

                Healthy family meals never tasted so good!

                This fantastic recipe:

                • Is ready in under 30 minutes!
                • Uses fresh orange juice
                • Skips the fryer and the unnecessary calories

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                9. Noodle Pudding

                This creative recipe, courtesy of Barbara Wener and Country Living is a great way to get kids to eat cottage cheese and cut the fat from traditional baked pasta dishes.

                Country Living features the best food and drink recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. The recipe was handed down to Barbara from her mother and remains a family favorite.

                This tasty treat:

                • Has under 400 calories per serving
                • Will have kids gobbling it up like mac n’ cheese

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                10. One Pan Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Spinach Cream Sauce

                  The key to truly healthy family meals is getting picky eaters to eat their vegetables.

                  This fantastic recipe, courtesy of Christina Cherrier, editor at Eatwell101, does just that.

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                  Christina has crafty a yummy cream sauce that packs a flavor punch of garlic, tomato, spinach, and cheese. Even the pickiest of eaters will be back for more.

                  This amazing dish:

                  • Lightens the fat with half and half instead of cream
                  • Gets kids to eat their spinach
                  • Saves on clean up by using just 1 pan

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  11. Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

                    This no-hassle lasagna recipe, comes to us from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum.

                    Lindsay and her husband Bjork run both Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro and are here to save us a boatload of time, cutting calories in the process.

                    This amazing dish:

                    • Is all done in the crockpot
                    • Is loaded with veggies
                    • Calls for uncooked lasagna noodles

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    12. Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

                      All kids love chicken strips. Thankfully this classic recipe redo skips the fryer and still delivers a delicious healthy family meal.

                      Amy Roskelley, of Super Healthy Kids, walks us through the simple steps to get extra crispy chicken without the deep fryer. Amy is mom of 3 and has a background in health and nutrition and in shows!

                      This amazing dish:

                      • Skips the salt, fast & preservatives of fast food chicken nuggets
                      • Are amazingly crispy
                      • Packs 36 grams of protein per serving

                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      13. Sausage, Brocolli & Rice One Skillet Meal

                        This delicious weeknight staple comes to us from Kasey Schwartz over at All Things Mamma.

                        With a hungry husband who helps parent their 3 kids, Kasey knows a thing or two about healthy family meals. Her recipes are designed for busy parents looking for quick, easy and healthy meals during the school week.

                        This tasty mealtime option:

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                        • Is ready in under 30 minutes
                        • Is a great way to get kids to eat their broccoli
                        • Can be made with turkey or chicken sausage to cut the fat

                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                        14. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

                          This simple, yet tasty Mexican-themed dinner staple comes from Christy Denney over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

                          Christy makes healthy family meals for her husband and their 5 kids. And with 5 kids, you can bet Christy knows how to please even the pickiest of eaters.

                          This awesome dinnertime staple:

                          • Are oven baked instead of fried
                          • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                          • Goes great with guac and low-fat sour cream

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          15. Baked Gnocchi with Sausage, Kale, and Pesto

                            This delicious baked pasta dish comes from Maria & Josh over at Two Peas and Their Pod.

                            Maria & Josh love cooking, entertaining and creating healthy family meals that are simple, fresh, and kid-friendly. We think you’ll agree!

                            This delicious dish:

                            • Is a great way to sneak kale into kid’s diets
                            • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                            • Cut even more fat with lower fat sausage and cheeses

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            Did you find some new favorite healthy family meals here?

                            In this post, we looked at the challenge all parents face in creating healthy family meals that everyone in the family will actually eat.

                            Finding ways to overcome picky eating habits with our kids can be a challenge.

                            To help, we researched and found 15 amazing recipes that even the pickiest eaters will love and want more of. So if you’re getting resistance at the dinner table and aren’t sure where to turn, the recipes above will quickly get you what you need.

                            All the winning recipes linked above were hand-selected.

                            They are the answer to your dinner-time problems and will help all parents by removing a little bit of that stress at the end of a long day.

                            Make sure and bookmark your favorites as you’ll assuredly be back for more.

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                            Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                            By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                            Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                            83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                              84 write random letter

                                85 use a rubberband

                                  86 dorm smell bad

                                    87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                      89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                        90 take a picture of the name card

                                          91 iron inside out

                                            92 old newspaper

                                              93 tumble try shoes

                                                keep a card like this

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                                                    94 soap bar

                                                      95 make a hole

                                                        96 drop the battery

                                                          97 use a coozie

                                                            98 when taking a picture

                                                              use a clean dust pan

                                                                try a pants hanger

                                                                  use your cellphone light

                                                                    use a spring from an old pen

                                                                      quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                        user binder clips

                                                                          wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                            put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                              clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                  doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                    use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                      use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                        freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                          use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                            almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                              sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                  cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                    remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                      turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                        for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                          how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                            tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                              place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                  use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                    take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                      how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                        put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                          How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                            user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                              good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                  50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                      add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                        38

                                                                                                                                          hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                            stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                  the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                      to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                        user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                          a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                            rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                              use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                50

                                                                                                                                                                  51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                    52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                      rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                        kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                          use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                            58

                                                                                                                                                                              59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                  hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                    Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                      hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                        use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                          if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                            keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                      do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                        when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                            put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                              75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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