Healthy Family Meals

Fried chicken, pizza, and fries are all quintessential kid favorites. Share them with your family and feel good knowing these recipes are good for them.

  • Sloppy Joes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sloppy Joes

    Solve the daily dilemma of, "What's for dinner?" by making meals that are a lot healthier than they appear.Sloppy Joes, anyone? Prepare the filling in one skillet for a quick weeknight dinner your family will love. Making your own sauce is a reduced-sodium alternative to using canned sauce.
  • Hamburger Stroganoff
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Hamburger Stroganoff

    Serve a lightened version of this classic dish with a tossed green salad and sauteed red and green bell pepper strips for a satisfying family-friendly meal.
  • Soft Chicken Tacos
    Dennis Gottleib

    Soft Chicken Tacos

    Kids love tacos. These Soft Chicken Tacos can be spicy or mild, depending on the type of salsa you choose.
  • Rachel's Special Occasion Lasagna

    Rachel's Special Occasion Lasagna

    You can make this dish ahead--just cover and refrigerate or freeze after you've spread the final layer of marinara sauce. Serve with a salad and breadsticks to round out the meal.
  • Oven-Fried Chicken
    Randy Mayor

    Oven-Fried Chicken

    Get the flavor of fried chicken but not the fat by browning the chicken in a skillet, then baking instead of deep-fat frying. This technique still yields a crispy crust and moist, juicy chicken.
  • Chicago-Style Pizza
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Chicago-Style Pizza

    Skip the delivery and make a healthy sausage pizza for the entire family. With a few on-hand topping ingredients and refrigerated pizza crust dough, prep time is only about 10 minutes.
  • Garlic Fries
    Oxmoor House

    Garlic Fries

    Let your kids help by allowing them to toss the potatoes in a large zip-top plastic bag with oil and salt before cooking. After baking, toss with garlic-infused butter for a rich flavor.
  • Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie
    Randy Mayor

    Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie

    Combine refrigerated diced potatoes, baking mix, cooked chicken, and frozen mixed vegetables for a shortcut version of traditional chicken potpie. You'll have supper on the table in less than 45 minutes.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Randy Mayor

    Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Twirl up a forkful of this Italian favorite on any busy weeknight. The sauce is thin, so if you prefer it thicker, increase the amount of tomato paste.
  • Baked Potato-and-Broccoli Soup

    Baked Potato-and-Broccoli Soup

    If you want your kids to eat broccoli, try adding it to a creamy potato soup topped with melted Cheddar cheese and crispy bacon.
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