When I first started this blog, I had every intention to provide quick and healthy family meal ideas for my readers. I have started my recipe archive, but it’s taking longer than anticipated to grow! I became pregnant with Chapter 2, Baby Joey started walking, my husband transitioned jobs, and well in a nutshell, I became too busy to document it all for you! I’m working on it though, slowly but surely, cooking while chasing a toddler and caring for a newborn. Call me crazy Katie! In the meantime, I wanted to share where I go [beyond my Pinterest page] for quick and healthy family meal ideas.
For me to try a new recipe or save it in my files for a second or third helping, it has to meet these criteria:
- The recipe includes simple ingredients that can be found at main grocery store chains such as Kroger and Meijer.
- I trust the recipe source. Whether it’s my Mom, a girlfriend, or a blogger I follow, there are a few women and men that wouldn’t lead me astray with good recipes!
- The recipe prep time and cook time [unless it’s a stew, soup, or braised dish] isn’t an all-day breaker.
- The recipe is family-friendly. I’m cooking for a somewhat picky husband and toddler. You understand….
From breakfast to dinner to snacks, this is where I go for family meal inspiration:
Quick and Healthy Family Meal Ideas in Cookbooks
- Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Ina Garten never disappoints. Never.
- The Healthy Beef Cookbook: Many of you know I used to work on behalf of the Beef Checkoff program. Yes, I’m still eating and loving beef! And using this cookbook religiously.
- Better Homes and Gardens 14th Edition New Cook Book: This is a jack-of-all-trades kind of cookbook. I highly recommend it for any occasion or meal.
Quick and Healthy Family Meal Ideas from Brands
- United Dairy Industry of Michigan: I have mentioned before that Ted is a huge smoothie fan. UDIM has some awesome smoothie recipes!
- Martha Stewart: Martha’s Recipe Collection has everything one might need and it’s organized SO well. I like this page for seasonal recipes and side dishes.
- Cooking Light’s Quick and Healthy Recipe Finder: I’m picky/choosy about Cooking Light recipes because many have >7 ingredients. But this section of their website tends to have recipes that fit my criteria above.
- Produce for Kids: I like going to their Pinterest page over their website because of the recipe visuals and board organization.
Quick and Healthy Family Meal Ideas Online
- Iowa Girl Eats: I love this blog for soups and stews. I make a pot of soup once every week and I’ve never gone wrong with one of hers.
- The Lean Green Bean: My friend Lindsay over at the LGB Blog has inspired me to make more breakfast meals ahead of time! She also has some great tips for prepping meals and lots of special diet [ex. gluten free] recipes.
- Rachel Cook’s: Rachel is a fellow Michigan blogger and mom of two little one’s. I frequently access the Main Dish section of her website!
Now these are NOT the only cookbooks and blogs and brands that I make recipes from. These are bookmarked and dependable— again, meeting all of the criteria I listed above. If you don’t have the time to look through them, check out my Pinterest page, specifically Foodie Baby and Weeknight Meals boards for some simple meal ideas.
Phew! Have I overwhelmed you yet? I hope not. Just open up these websites, bookmark a few, and take the time to try a new recipe or two. I promise your taste buds, budget, and precious “me time” will not be compromised!