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29 Easy Family Meal Ideas

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Enjoying a healthy meal together can be a breeze with these 29 easy family meal ideas!

They start with healthy ingredients like chicken, vegetables and pasta.  There are classics like white chili, as well as dishes to tickle your taste buds such as Creole chicken and General Tso’s chicken salad.

Try them all and discover which meal ideas your family most enjoys! No matter how busy life gets, family will always be one of the most important things we can take care of.

29 Family Friendly Meals

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1. Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

From Domestic Superhero

I love a good crock pot recipe, especially when it’s this easy and inexpensive. These Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Lettuce wraps have a delicious smokey-sweet flavor that your whole family is sure to love.

The sauce pairs perfectly with a nice crisp lettuce wrap, but also tastes great served over rice or in taco shells. So many options!

Paleo Almond Chicken Recipe

2. Paleo Almond Chicken Recipe

From Play.Party.Pin.

This is one of the best Almond Chicken recipes out there. The recipe is perfect for anyone that is gluten-free or looking to try something new.

Tender chicken gets coated in fresh chopped almonds and a savory blend of spices, making the perfect easy paleo dinner idea.

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

3. Southwestern Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

From Play.Party.Pin.

This simple and healthy southwestern salad recipe packs some serious flavor. Fresh, crunchy romaine is perfectly topped with Tex-Mex grilled chicken and a creamy cilantro lime dressing that you are going to go crazy for!

This is also a great make ahead recipe for meal prepping or party planning.

Skinny Cheesy Enchilada Soup

4. Skinny Cheesy Enchilada Soup

From Domestic Superhero

Nothing is better on a chilly day than a warm bowl of homemade soup. This easy to make Skinny Cheesy Enchilada Soup is perfect for cold weather, goes with almost any side dish, and can easily be frozen for later.

It is full of Mexican flavor with black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and a sprinkling of Tex-Mex cheese.

White Chili

5. White Chili

From My Turn For Us

Get your chili on! This White Chili recipe is a total pot of comfort with the added bonus of healthier ingredients. It’s loaded up with tender chicken breast, two varieties of beans, creamy Monterey Jack cheese, and a kick of jalapeno.

Easy Cauliflower Cheese Soup

6. Easy Cauliflower Cheese Soup

From Nums The Word

If you are a soup lover then you have got to give this Cauliflower Cheese Soup recipe a try. It’s a creamy, sweet, and tasty soup full of veggies like potatoes, cauliflower, and corn.

This soup would make a great appetizer for parties, family dinner, or even a quick and easy lunch to reheat when you are on the go.

Chicken Enchiladas

7. Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas

From My Turn For Us

Make one of your favorite Mexican dishes a little healthier with this Skinny Green Enchilada recipe.

Shredded chicken breast, green enchilada sauce, creamy avocado and more get wrapped up in delicious corn tortillas then baked as a tasty casserole. All that great flavor you love without the guilt!

Easy Cashew Chicken

8. Easy Cashew Chicken

From Creations by Kara

Fast to make and full of flavor, this Cashew Chicken is sure to become a family favorite in your house too!

It is the perfect recipe for those hectic weeknights when you are running around and don’t have much time. Start cooking the rice then throw all of the ingredients into a skillet until crisp and tender. Dinner is served.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

9. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

From Like Mother Like Daughter

These Mexican Stuffed Peppers are flavorful, delicious, and healthy too. They are stuffed full of tomatoes, corn, black beans and more, then spiced with taco seasoning and enchilada sauce.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a side of salsa for the ultimate Mexican inspired feast.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

10. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

From Domestic Superhero

Spice up school and work lunches with this healthy buffalo chicken loaded with all of the essential buffalo chicken flavors. It tastes delicious wrapped up in a lettuce wrap, tortilla, sub, or even on top of a fresh salad.

The best part? There aren’t many ingredients in the recipe and it is cooked right in the slow cooker.

Chicken Fajita Salad

11. Chicken Fajita Salad

From Like Mother Like Daughter

The perfect combination of chicken fajitas and salad! This Chicken Fajita Salad is easy to whip up and makes a delicious fresh lunch or dinner.

It is full of fresh vegetables, tender chicken, and crisp lettuce all topped with creamy ranch dressing. You can also easily serve the tasty chicken and veggie mix with tortillas for the kids.

Chicken Caprese

12. Chicken Caprese

From Butter With a Side of Bread

Switch up a family favorite dish with this fresh take on Chicken Caprese. The dish has incredible flavor and an amazingly fresh taste. It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner but the end product is so gorgeous, it could easily be made for a dinner party.

Paleo Chicken Sausage Stew

13. Paleo Chicken Sausage Stew

From Just Us Four

Welcome cooler weather with this simple and delicious Paleo Chicken Sausage Stew. Clean out the fridge to make a hearty stew chock full of savory sausage, carrots, kale, sliced mushrooms, and fire roasted tomatoes.

Plus, this recipe tastes even more amazing the next day, so make sure you save your leftovers!

Crockpot Paleo Chinese Pork

14. Crockpot Paleo Chinese Pork

From Just Us Four

Add Crockpot Paleo Chinese Pork to your weekly dinner menu for a zero-effort meal the whole family is bound to love.

The great thing about doing a pork dish in the slow cooker is that you get dinner and leftovers for on top of salads or tacos. Yum!

Mexican Chicken Soup

15. Mexican Chicken Soup

From This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

Let’s face it, soups are a great go-to meal all year round. Warm and comforting, this Mexican Chicken Soup is loaded with chunks of chicken, corn, and black beans ladled over rice.

Throw everything into a pot and BAM, deliciousness awaits! Go nuts and top the dish with slices of avocado, spicy jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.

Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Mustard Sauce

16. Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Mustard Sauce

From This Silly Girl’s Life

Tried and true, this Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Creamy Mustard Sauce never disappoints.

Sweet sandwich bread amps up the flavor and cuts the delicious mustard tang. Add your favorite sandwich toppings and you are good to go.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Red Peppers

17. Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Red Peppers

From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

If you enjoy simple and light pasta dishes, then you will love this Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Red Peppers.

It’s a creamy and savory dish with just the right amount of healthy veggies. Fresh and delicious, this pasta is the ultimate dinner.

Creamy Rigatoni with Sausage and Red Peppers

18. Creamy Rigatoni with Sausage and Red Peppers

From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Yum. This lightened up version of Creamy Rigatoni with Sausage and Red Peppers is so good!

Italian sausage adds incredible flavor to the otherwise simple dish. Add a little sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some fresh ground pepper for a deliciously satisfying meal.

General Tso's Chicken Salad

19. General Tso’s Chicken Salad

From Kleinworth & Co

Looking for easy family dinner ideas? Be sure to add this General Tso’s Chicken Salad recipe to you list.

Fresh spinach, bite-sized General Tso’s chicken, crunchy chow mein noodles, slivered almonds, and juicy small oranges – what could be better than that!

Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta

20. Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta

From Persnickety Plates

In the middle of hectic weeks an easy slow cooker meal is always a saving grace. This chicken, zucchini, and spinach dish is no exception. It is packed with delicious flavor, healthy veggies, and melty cheese.

Eat it alone or spoon it over your favorite noodles for an easy home cooked meal.

Chicken Spinach & Orzo Skillet

21. Chicken Spinach & Orzo Skillet

From Persnickety Plates

Chicken, spinach, orzo, tomatoes, and feta come together to create a full meal in just one skillet.

The fresh ingredients taste wonderful together and it is super simple to make. It also makes great leftovers, so don’t be scared to make extra for lunches.

One Hour, One Pot Roasted Chicken Dinner

22. One Hour, One Pot Roasted Chicken Dinner

From A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

One pot dinners that you can throw together in just minutes are a true lifesaver. This one hour, one pot roasted chicken dinner comes together in no time and makes for quick clean up after dinner.

The tender chicken and seasoned veggies are great as a stand-alone dinner, or you can serve with green veggies and fresh buns.

Ground Chicken & Spinach Noodle Bake

23. Ground Chicken & Spinach Noodle Bake

From A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

One dish, cheesy, and hearty meals are my family’s favorite. With layer upon layer of tender noodles, meat sauce, seasoned vegetables, and cheese, this Ground Chicken and Spinach Noodle Bake looks like the ultimate comfort food.

It’s full of healthy ingredients, with a little bit of bacon for extra deliciousness.

One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe

24. One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe

From Food, Folks and Fun

These One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls are perfect for serving while entertaining a crowd, especially if you are watching a big game!

It’s a flavor packed meal that makes it super easy to feed a crowd. The one pot burrito bowl mixture also tastes great served over chips and nachos.

Skinnier Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe

25. Skinnier Tuscan Garlic Chicken Recipe

From Food, Folks and Fun

The recipe for a healthier version of homemade Tuscan chicken sounds like a winner! It will remind you of the delicious dish from your favorite Italian restaurant, with a few substitutions that make it healthier too.

Add a ton of flavor with a sprinkle of cheese or even add some roasted vegetables.

Easy Ground Turkey Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce

26. Easy Ground Turkey Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce

From Play.Party.Pin.

These easy Asian inspired ground turkey meatballs are the perfect way to celebrate holidays, birthdays and more with your family.

Serve over sweet coconut rice and then drench the meatballs with a simple homemade teriyaki sauce.

Slow Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken

27. Slow Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken

From Savory Experiments

Slow Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken is full of taste and low on time. Apple jelly, apple juice, and balsamic vinegar give this dish maximum flavor and keep your chicken nice and tender. It tastes delicious served over buttered rice or egg noodles.

Creole Chicken Recipe

28. Creole Chicken

From Savory Experiments

When the comfort food craving hits, this Creole Chicken with zesty sauce will do just the trick. Creole sauce is packed full of flavor and super simple to make. It’s a healthy dinner choice full of fresh vegetables and spices. Serve over rice for a complete one dish meal with some kick!

Chipotle Chicken Chili Stew

29. Chipotle Chicken Chili Stew

From Major Hoff Takes A Wife  

You will adore this chipotle chicken chili. It is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall or winter day. The recipe features the best chipotle spices, hearty black beans and green chilies. The flavors will make your tummy happy, and the fact that it is so full of veggies will make you happy too!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.