5 Family-Friendly Weeknight Meals


General Joy’s Chicken. PHOTO: Lucy Schaeffer

The symbolic end of summer has passed, which for many of us means back to school and back to routine.  Lobster roll dinners and backyard barbecues have become sweet, distant memories, and once again our families are coming home starving from work, school, dance rehearsal, soccer practice (the list goes on and on).  Quick and easy (and healthy!) dinners are a must, but not to worry, we’ve done the thinking for you!  Check out our 5 favorite weeknight meals that the whole family is sure to love, and that you can whip up in under 40 minutes.

Tortilla Pizza
Throw a healthy pizza party with this incredibly simple recipe using whole grain tortillas, reduced-fat cheese, and lots of fresh veggies. Get the whole family involved by setting up a toppings bar so everyone can personalize their own. Slice and share, or devour the whole pie on your own!

Total time: 8 minutes

Spanish Paella
Indulge in everyone’s favorite Spanish dish, no passport required!  Take your choice of protein (meat, chicken and/or fish), colorful veggies, flavorful spices and “cauliflower rice,” and you’ve got yourself some trendy, Spanish comida.

Total time: 30 minutes

Chopped Chicken Salad with Apples & Walnuts
Who says salad needs to be an appetizer? Change up your menu and make this chopped chicken salad the star of your dinner. Topped with apples, walnuts, chickpeas, and creamy avocado, this heart-healthy and high-protein meal will keep you energized until bed-time – late night snacking, who?

Total time: 15 minutes

Barbecue “Ribs”
Summer barbecues may be over, but barbecue flavor is here to stay. Try this super flavorful, light and lean rendition of barbecue ribs using thinly sliced, lean pork tenderloin and barbecue sauce – try them boneless or on skewers!

Total time: 20 minutes

General Joy’s Chicken
Skip the Chinese takeout and opt for your own tasty (and healthy!) version of General Tso’s chicken. We promise it won’t disappoint!

Total time: 40 minutes
Additional ideas: Serve over brown rice or quinoa


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