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15 Healthy Family Dinners

Posted by ReganJonesRD
September 05, 2017
Featured in: Recipe RoundUps, Dinner
Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

~by Regan Jones, RD
 

You may find this hard to believe, but my kids have been back in school almost an entire month. I know many children around the country will be loading backpacks for their first day of school next week, but down South we start up the school year EARLY.

While it feels a bit jarring to be buying pencils and paper in July, there is one part of jumping into a back-to-school routine that I really enjoy -- getting back into a dinner routine. Not that we don't eat family meals together throughout the summer, but there's something about the school routine that makes it all, well, so much more "routine." That regularity and dependability for me aids in planning, but for my boys I'm convinced it's so much more. 

I know it's easy in the evenings to get busy and feel that catching up on homework while grabbing a bite from the pantry is the priority over sitting down for supper, but the research says otherwise. Eating family meals together has been shown to benefit children and teens by helping to fight obesity, substance abuse, strengthen family bonds and even improve grades. Consider this:

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

That said, the reality is conflicting schedules sometimes simply don't allow for dinner together. I get that. But that's no reason NOT to try. Even if families are only able to commit to carving out one night a week, that's better than none. 

And even more encouraging is that family don't HAVE to be dinner. In fact, around my house breakfast is often one of the best times we sit down together for a meal. Call us a morning family (and you're right, we are) but breakfast is when the pressures of the day haven't settled in and it's simply a more relaxed time to talk. So be sure to look for other opportunities to opt in to a shared meal. And once you find WHEN to eat together, here are some great ideas for WHAT to eat together:​

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders via Food Done Light

Pesto Chicken Kabobs via Tasty Thin

Chicken Meatball Fajita Skillet via Domesticate Me


Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Chicken Spaghetti with Red Sauce via Yummy Addiction

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu via Culinary Flavors

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs via The Lean Green Bean


Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Cheesy Sausage Gnocchi via Jennifer Meyering

Tex-Mex Beef & Rice Skillet via Sunday Supper

Slow Cooker Meatloaf via Healthy Aperture


Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken via Healthy Aperture

Baked Beef Chimichangas via Lisa G Cooks

Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos via Joyful Healthy Eats

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

30 Minute Beef Teriyaki via Meaningful Eats

Dairy-Free Tuna Noodle Casserole via Put Your Cake Pants On

20-Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp via Prevention RD

Anything look good? Be sure to pin this post for later!


 

Want to help spread the word about the Family Meals Movement during #FamilyMealsMonth?

Join the movement and share your existing family meal ideas/solutions!
Use the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth across social media in September to help spread awareness.

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

Trying to eat dinner together as a family more often? Here are 15 Healthy Family Dinners everyone will love!

September is #FamilyMealsMonth. Make yours healthy AND delish w/these 15 Healthy Family Meals on @healthyaperture!

ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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