If there’s one thing we know, it’s that weeknights are total kryptonite for most families. Between getting home from work and school, and getting ready for evening extracurriculars, there’s not usually much time to put together a good meal. Often we end up ordering takeout or picking up something pre-made on the way.
It doesn’t have to be this way though! We asked some awesome Nutritionists to share their favourite quick and healthy dinner recipes for busy families. Keep scrolling for a ton of easy, healthy weeknight dinner inspiration to add to your next That Clean Life meal plan!
Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, Miranda Barett, loves this recipe for families that are short on time. She believes that eating a healthy and nutritious dinner doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen. This meal is the perfect balance of fast and healthy.
“Not only does it have great flavour, but it’s high in protein, rich in omega-3s and is loaded with other nutrients. Because it’s a combination of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs, your blood sugar will thank you! You can’t go wrong with this quick dinner.”
Holistic Nutritionist, Katie Pangborn, knows the struggle of having to whip up a healthy meal that will please a picky partner and come together before the baby starts needing attention again.
“I love this meal because it comes together quickly on a weeknight (only 20 minutes!) and can easily be scaled for a larger or smaller crowd. It is great for folks who are brand new to focusing on their health because it is simple, tastes amazing, and includes sweet-and-salty comfort food elements they don’t expect from a nutritionist’s meal plan.”
It’s also a great recipe for families and works well for batch-cooking so you can save even more time by cooking once and eating twice.
“Most of my clients are moms, and they tell me they make the whole family happy with this one and often send leftovers for lunch the next day.”
Rafia Kanji is a Health Coach and one-pan dinner connoisseur. Nothing is easier than putting a few ingredients onto a sheet pan and popping it all into the oven. Everything is ready at the same time, and you don’t have to be a Top Chef to whip it up yourself.
“The recipe is simple, clean and meets so many dietary requirements from Low FODMAP to gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free”
Stephanie May Potter is a Health Coach and a busy mom herself, so she can appreciate the desire to make a home cooked and nourishing meal for the family without spending all day in the kitchen.
"I love one pan meals and this dish is not only quick and easy to make but tastes great too and can cater to picky eaters. It's also versatile. You can use any vegetable in your fridge and it’s easy to keep them separate from each other to accommodate your family’s taste preferences."
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Registered Dietitian, Carrie Moody, says that the most important thing to her is giving clients healthy options that don't take a long time to prepare. This helps them stay successful, no matter how hectic the week gets.
“These kebabs are done in 30 minutes, which make them perfect for busy families. I like to pair this with a side of cauliflower rice as well. These make the perfect weeknight dinner, leftovers taste just as good, and they are kid-friendly since kids like to eat anything off a stick!”
And, let’s be honest, when the kids are happy, everyone is happy!
Holistic Nutritionist, Mandy King, picks this recipe for families who love to order takeout during the week.
“It feels indulgent and tastes like a restaurant meal, but is made with entirely clean, healthy ingredients. While it takes a while to roast in the oven, it's really hands off so you can prep lunches for the next day or clean up from making the rest of the recipe!”
If you have a pressure cooker, you can also use it to cook the spaghetti squash in way less time.
Log into That Clean Life to add any of these recipes to your next meal plan, whether it's for yourself or a client.
Do you have a favourite go-to dinner for busy weeknights? Let us know in the comments below what meal keeps your family healthy when life gets crazy!
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