7 Family Dinners for Busy Weeknights

beef bowl

7 Family Dinners for Busy Weeknights

beef bowl

By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Contributing Blogger

You just got home from work and it’s time to pick up your kids from soccer practice. The next thing you know, it’s 7 pm and the entire family is asking the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” You don’t have the time or energy to spend an hour in the kitchen preparing an elaborate meal, but you want your family to sit down for some nourishment and bonding time. Don’t waste your money on take-out. I’ve got you covered with 7 healthy family dinners that you can throw together in a flash any night of the week.

Asian Beef Bowls by Meal Makeover Moms (pictured above)

This Asian Beef Bowl is made with lean ground beef, a flavorful Asian sauce, fresh herbs and nutrient rich veggies. Served over brown rice, this comforting dinner is packed with fiber and protein that will keep everyone full all night long. The best part is that it all comes together in less than 30 minutes.

pork chops

Easy Skillet Pork Chops by  Kaleigh McMordie, MCN of Lively Table

Skillet Pork Chops with Grilled Apricots is the easiest and healthiest way to cook pork at home. A lean center-cut piece of pork provides excellent protein, and with only 6 ingredients, this healthy and delicious dinner is ready in only 15 minutes.

burrito bowl

Burrito Bowl by Meri Raffetto, RDN of Real Living Nutrition

As a Dietitian with triplets, Meri Raffetto knows how to prepare a healthy dinner in no-time. Her go-to dinner in a hurry is a Burrito Bowls. The kids can pick out their own healthy ingredients and she can reuse leftover chicken or steak, so it’s a win-win. This dish is more about assembly than cooking, which is perfect for any busy parent.

chili marinated tofu

Chili Marinated Tofu with Coconut Rice by Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD of Nutrition a la Natalie

This delicious Asian inspired vegetarian dinner is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Make a big batch of rice and veggies for Meatless Monday and have leftovers for lunch the next day. Plus, the tofu is full of plant-based protein and calcium to help strengthen your kid’s growing bones.

shrimp pasta

Shrimp Pasta Primavera with Zoodles by Jamie Vespa, MS, RD of Dishing Out Health

What kid doesn’t love spaghetti? This lightened-up pasta dish combines whole wheat spaghetti with zucchini noodles in a delicious tomato-basil sauce with shrimp, veggies, and cheese. The result is a mouthwatering, fiber-rich meal that comes together in only 30 minutes!

pistachio chicken tenders

Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders by Amber Ketchum, RD of Homemade Nutrition

Don’t get in a chicken rut with the same old baked or grilled chicken dishes. These Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders are “breaded” with just 4 ingredients: pistachios, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Start to finish, this recipe only takes 20 minutes and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

salmon dinner

Baked Salmon with Broccoli and Brown Rice Noodles by Christy Brissette, MS, RD of 80 twenty Nutrition

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fats shown to help lower inflammation and keep your brain and heart healthy. Salmon is the perfect protein for weeknights because it bakes quickly, so this recipe will get dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes.


Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC based Registered Dietitian, food and nutrition writer and blogger at Nutrition à la Natalie. Natalie writes for many nutrition publications, such as Women’s Running, Fitness Magazine, Eating Well and Food & Nutrition Magazine. Natalie specializes in sports nutrition, and her blog is full of plant-based recipes and general nutrition and sports nutrition information. To stay up to date with Natalie’s recipes or nutrition tips, follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook.

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