1 Month Of Simple Dinners – Real Food Based
For a busy mom, coming up with healthy, simple dinners to get on the table can be an overwhelming challenge (which is why sometimes I think having a staple crockpot dinner ready to go is crucial!). most families don’t want to eat the exact same thing every other day and being creative each night is hard. Which is why this 30-day dinner meal plan can help!
My biggest pet peeve has always been the question of “what’s for dinner” which is only ever asked thirty minutes before dinner needs to be on the table.
And when you’re kid-less, this isn’t a big deal. It’s easy to whip up a wrap or munch on something and you’ll be fine. But it’s a bit trickier with kids and ensuring that your dinner recipe ideas are healthy, tasty and not overly complicated.
Which is why as a mom, I like to have a game plan.
Sure, there are some nights that dinner is a random “picnic” of what we have in the fridge. But for the most part, I enjoy sitting down with my family over a nicely cooked (okay decently cooked because I’m always rushing) meal.
But that brings us back to the major issues when it comes to simple dinners:
- They cannot include twenty ingredients or an hour of prep work. Seriously, weeknight healthy dinner ideas need to be far less complex
- They have to be healthy. It’s easy to whip up a pot of KD but it’s not what I’d like to feed my girls
- They have to be balanced. Again, noodles and tomato sauce is simple but my major goal is to always strive for nutrient dense foods
The list above seems simple enough but coming up with a healthy dinner recipe idea on the fly each night is not.
So, I’ve done it for you.
To keep myself and my clients more organized I created a 30-day, dinner menu meal plan loaded with real food based, simple dinners.
We love these recipes ideas.
These simple dinners are based around clean eating, real food recipes. They’re gluten free (a few involve wraps so you would just snag some gf wraps) and most are dairy free (I tweak them a bit for myself like omitting cheese).
This 30-day dinner meal plan is a busy moms dream if she wants to stay sane but still give her family healthy, nourishing meals.
Below is everything you need:
You can print off a copy of the meal plan here. Throw it on your fridge so you know what’s happening for tomorrow.
You can grab a copy of the two page pdf with all the recipes hyperlinked here
A few of the recipes are not linked but here’s a few tips:
Fajitas: cook some chicken or beef. Sautee up some peppers and onions, toss it all in fajita spice mix (I make my own) and throw it onto gluten free wraps with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, avocado).
Roasted veggies: chop up your favorite veggies, toss in avocado oil, garlic powder and sea salt and roast in the oven until cooked.
Homemade burgers: everyone has their own way of rocking these, so I left them blank.
Whipping up healthy, simple dinners doesn’t have to be horrific, but it does go smoother if you have a plan. I’ve also listed all the recipes with appropriate links below so you can save this page and refer back to it.
- Beet & Orange Buddha Bowl
- Crockpot Vegan Chili
- One Pan Orange Garlic Chicken
- Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl
- Chicken Fajitas
- Chicken, Roasted Potatoes & Slaw
- Vegan Thai Curry
- Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
- Sheet Pan Chicken & Veg
- Tangy Lemon Noodle Bowl
- Vegan Broccoli Stir Fry
- Sweet Peach Curry
- Homemade Burgers & Roasted Veg
- Grilled chicken & Roasted Brussels
- Thai Quinoa Stir Fry
- Lemon Garlic One Pan Chicken
- Peanut Chicken Power Bowl
- Maple Balsamic Crockpot Chick
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Spicy Meatballs On Spag Squash
- Balsamic Veggie Pasta
- Buddha Bowl On Cauli Rice
- Slow cooker cashew chicken
- Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl
- Quinoa Power Bowl
- Steak Fajitas
- Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Shrimp Scampi On Zoodles
A few other notes before I leave you… you need to be organized! It goes without saying that it’s easy to have a thirty-day meal plan, but the simple dinners don’t cook themselves (haha).
Make a list, grocery shop and prep what you need to.
Personally, I do one big cook off of chicken/beef and grains (rice/quinoa/beans) per week and then it’s easy to throw it into the recipe.
You do still need to put some effort in. But, if you’re a real food junkie like I think you are, you probably already know that 😉
Don’t forget to pin these healthy, simple dinners!
Make life a bit easier and keep your house healthy by having a plan. This 30-day dinner menu plan is real food based, mostly gluten and dairy free and loaded with healthy recipes. It’s perfect for busy mamas who can’t spend eons in the kitchen but want to give their family the best fuel they can.