Calling all moms! Take a few moments and plan out your next week’s worth of meals with me!
As busy moms it’s such a challenge to make sure our families are eating healthy meals, we don’t always have the time to plan out meals, search for recipes and of course, do the cooking itself. Affording healthy ingredients is another challenge I’m sure you know all too well. It’s tough, and it’s all too easy to just toss a frozen pizza into the oven and call it good.
So have no fear, I am here to bring you the best of simple and healthy meals that you can cook for you and your family on a budget. These meal ideas are sure to bring the family together with mouths watering, and you don’t even have to tell them it’s healthy! 😉
I have listed all of the meal ideas with their links so you can bookmark them and start putting your shopping list together. I know you are going to love the meals I chose, so let’s dive right in!
1. Homemade Manwich Recipe
Manwich is a kid’s classic and always a favorite. It may seem simpler to just buy the canned stuff but in all honesty, it really isn’t as healthy as making your own, and the cost is almost the same! So here is the best recipe for making it yourself!
Grab the buns and bake some sweet potato fries and you have yourself a delicious meal! Using all natural grass fed ground beef is an excellent way to get protein as well as zinc and B vitamins. For the full recipe, go here.
2. Easy Zucchini & Kale Pasta
This recipe is both delicious and nutritious. It might sound a bit difficult to make, but it’s actually quite easy! You will have no problem throwing this together in a short amount of time and providing your family with some good and healthy grub!
3. Simple Split Pea Soup
In the colder months, soup is always the perfect dinner go-to. Even when it’s warmer out, I find myself craving soup! So no matter what time of year it is, soup is an easy dinner idea! This recipe for good ole’ simple split pea soup will warm your soul, and put smiles on everyone’s faces, including your wallet!
Add a garden salad on the side, and you have a perfect simple dinner. Peas are known for their rich sources of vitamins including calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese, 45 percent of the DV in vitamin K for blood coagulation, and nearly a quarter of what’s needed daily in thiamin, vitamin A, and folate. For this recipe, follow this link.
4. Protein Broccoli Mac N’ Cheese
Who doesn’t love mac n’ cheese? I mean seriously….it’s the best comfort food ever. So to add some nutrition to the mix, this recipe uses white beans and broccoli! Yum yum!
The white beans add a good deal of protein and are the least expensive source of all kinds of nutrients such as fiber, copper, iron and complex carbs. Broccoli, of course, is filled with vitamins K and C. To grab the how-to’s for this mac n’ cheese with a twist, go right here.
5. Chicken & Rice Bake
The classic chicken and rice bake casserole gets a bit of a twist with this recipe, and I cannot wait to make this! Your kids will be begging for this dish all the time! It’s super easy, ready in minutes and it’s cheap to make! Yaass!
The chicken will bring the protein, rice for the healthy carbs and all the other ingredients are there for even more added nutritional value. To get the full list of ingredients and how to put it all together just click here.
6. Taco Spaghetti
Tacos? Spaghetti? Taco spaghetti? Yes. SO. MUCH. YES. Oh, and it’s healthy…so go ahead and dig in! Grab the recipe here.
7. Veggie Pizza
Last but not least, here is a super simple recipe for a healthy veggie pizza. It is sure to be a hit and a mainstay in your meal planning. You can follow this exact recipe or switch it up! Use whatever veggies you’d like or whatever your kids will complain about the least.
Suggestions would be bell peppers for their powerful antioxidants, cauliflower for its anti-inflammatory benefits, black olives for vitamin E and healthy fats and don’t forget the heart healthy tomatoes! For this specific recipe go ahead and click here.
I enjoyed putting these recipes together, and I hope you enjoy making them for your family! May these recipes also inspire to put your healthy ideas on recipes your family already loves! Now, are you ready to get in the kitchen and get your cook on? I know I am! Let’s do our best to put tasty and healthy food on the table. Enjoy your dinner! 🙂
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