5 Healthy One-Pan-Meals Your Kids Will Actually Eatby Elizabeth MacDonald
Another week, another dinner menu to plan out. As parents, our time and energy should not be spent doing more dishes than necessary. It’s hard enough to come up with dinner ideas, but it becomes more frustrating when you are scrubbing those pots and pans after your kids didn’t even taste two bites!
It’s time to simplify! We have been cooking up a storm over here, trying all of the one-pan meals we could whip up. The following are recipes to get you through a week’s worth of dinners if you eat a few leftovers, or simply choose a few to start with and then rotate the others in throughout the month. The goal is to provide a meal full of healthy foods that everyone will love.
Your family may season things a bit differently or substitute in different vegetables, but in general, these recipes are easy to execute, budget-friendly, and quick to clean up… and even better, your kids should actually eat them.
5 Healthy One-Pan-Meals
One-Pot Pizza Pasta Bake by Damn Delicious
Anything with pizza in the title is generally a win with kids. We tried this recipe two ways; the first way was exactly as it was written and the second was with chicken thighs as the meat. I just shredded the thighs after baking them. Both versions were equally loved! A large cast-iron skillet worked wonderfully for the entire meal.
Beefy Zucchini Bake by The Beach House Kitchen
My kids didn’t even notice the mushrooms in this one! I call that a win. This was as simple as stirring everything together and dumping it into a casserole dish.
One-Pot Jambalaya by Super Healthy Kids
My cast-iron dutch over stole the show with this delicious dinner! The sausage and shrimp were devoured before the veggies, but after tasting them, the kids cleaned their bowls.
Lemon Chicken by The Girl on Bloor
What kid doesn’t love a chicken leg? These were flavorful enough for the adults but eaten by the pickiest kid as well! We used our favorite veggies to make it personal. (Broccoli and Brussel sprouts with diced potatoes)
Bruschetta Chicken by Damn Delicious
We made this with chicken breasts and thighs, both were wonderful. Technically you need a bowl to make the bruschetta that sets to the side while your one-pan dinner bakes, but I used a small bowl - and it was worth it!