Hey, friends! With the holidays almost behind us and a New Year on the horizon, I thought that it would be fun to pull together another 30-Day Challenge! I get so many requests for healthy dinner ideas, so today I'm sharing a printable calendar with some of my very favorite good-for-you recipes.
Best of all, these are easy, quick-prep, family-friendly options that come together with minimal effort. No matter what your resolution may be, this is the perfect way to get organized in the kitchen for a healthy New Year!
It's so easy to get stuck in a rut and bored with the same old meals -- especially when you're trying to keep it healthy. You can only eat so much grilled chicken and steamed broccoli before mealtime becomes very dull!
Instead, I've rounded up a meal plan for 30 days of easy, healthy dinner ideas that will keep meals exciting and will bring your family together around the table. By the end of January, you'll feel energetic, satisfied, and nourished. What better way to start the year?
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I’ve learned from my Simply Mailed meal planning service that you all love a flexible meal plan that includes 3 easy recipes each week, so that’s exactly what I’ve done here! None of us want the pressure of preparing a homemade dinner from scratch 7 days in a row! With 3 options on the menu each week, you will still have plenty of time to dine out, use up leftovers, or enjoy your favorite standby suppers. You can rearrange the calendar each week to suit your schedule, too. Flexibility is the KEY, and the idea is to eliminate stress — not add more stress to your already busy lives!
You'll see that I've included a variety of tasty options so that you never get bored -- from slow cooker meals to dump-and-bake casseroles, as well as seafood, chicken, beef, pork, and vegetarian options. It's going to be a delicious 30 days!
Here’s a quick glance at the healthy dinner ideas for the month ahead (remember, you can enter your email address below to get a printable, clickable calendar with links to all of the recipes):
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In addition to the healthy dinner ideas, I have also included suggestions for side dishes with many of the meals. If the sides don't appeal to your family, you can obviously choose your own favorites as necessary.
I love steam-in-the-bag frozen veggies that can be microwaved just before serving; and I almost always opt for wholegrain pasta, brown rice, or wholegrain tortillas and bread when possible. Again, do what works best for you and your family!
Without further ado, here are the meals for this month's 30-DAY CHALLENGE: HEALTHY DINNER IDEAS FOR BUSY FAMILIES!
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce served with Whole Wheat Pasta or Zucchini Noodles
5-Ingredient, 5-Minute Blackened Salmon served with Broccoli and either Rice or Quinoa
Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos served in Whole Wheat Tortillas with Salad and Corn
(or serve as a Taco Salad over lettuce with corn, tomatoes, cheese, and a light ranch or blue cheese dressing)
Dump-and-Bake Maple Balsamic Chicken served with Mashed Cauliflower and Steamed Green Beans (I like to use frozen mashed cauliflower that's made by Alexia Foods for a delicious, all-natural option that I can prepare in the microwave)
Easy Homemade Minestrone Soup served with Whole Grain Dinner Rolls or Bread
Dump-and-Bake Shrimp Scampi with Linguine served with a Salad (it’s Shrimp Scampi without all of the butter! You can prepare this dish with wholegrain linguine, if you prefer)
Dump-and-Bake Healthy Chicken Parmesan served with Whole Wheat Pasta and Salad
Quick and Easy Marinara Soup served with Whole Grain Dinner Rolls or Bread
Honey Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin served with Asparagus and Brown Rice
Dump-and-Bake Smothered Parmesan Chicken served with Couscous and Sauteed Zucchini
So what do you think? Are you ready to jump on board for the next month? Don’t forget to sign up below so that I can send you my printable calendar with clickable recipe links for 30 Days of Healthy Dinner Ideas!