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Easy Family Dinners: Something For Everyone

Is it really Monday already? I don’t know about you, but that last week wore me out! I am in dire need of simple, easy family dinners. So that’s what you’ll find on our meal plan this week. No fuss, no stress, on the table quickly, but still homemade types of meals — something that my whole family can appreciate. I think you’ll find at least one meal in here every member of your family will love.

A few things you should know about us:
– I’ve been gluten-free since Feb, my family is not
– We try to eat as clean and healthy as possible, but we’re not perfect
– I also try to limit sugars and sweets, but we do enjoy occasional treats
– The lunches posted here are for my kids, I usually eat some sort of soup, salad or leftovers
– We typically eat out once a week, usually on Thursdays
– I don’t plan for lunches on the weekends, we just do whatever or eat leftovers

Here's a week of family dinners -- there's something here for everyone!

A Week’s Worth of Easy Family Dinners:

Monday –
Breakfast: Leftover Muffins from the weekend
Lunch: Ham & Cheese on a hamburger bun, sun chips and carrots
Dinner: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s

I spotted this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and I’ve been anxious to try it. We’ll be using a mix of lean ground sirloin and ground turkey for these. Served with sweet potato fries.

Tuesday –
Breakfast: Granola & Fruit Parfaits
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Happy made dinner for our extended family last night. He’s fallen in love with Guy and wanted to try his hand at creating his own spice rub, I might be biased, but I think he did an amazing job! We made too much for dinner, which is great because now I can whip up a healthy, tasty meal before Karate on Tuesday.

Wednesday –
Breakfast: PB & Banana on Waffles
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich w/ cheez -its and craisins
Dinner: Breakfast Tacos – Bacon, Egg & Cheese w/ this salsa

Since moving to Texas my family has become 100% spoiled on fresh tortillas. The grocery store down the street pops them out hot & fresh on an hourly basis. They are still warm to the touch when we pick them …. AMAZING! They adore them, I do too but havent been able to eat them since going gluten-free. They seem to make an appearance at least once a week in our family meals plans.

Thursday –
Breakfast: PB & J Smoothies (berries, peanut butter, and almond milk – some spinach thrown in for nutrients)
Lunch: Snackable Gyros — Diced Chicken, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Pita Bread, and dip
Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sticks & Tomato Soup

Everyone loves gooey grilled cheese and comforting tomato soup, right? My Dad (best make it work cook I know) says you should sprinkle some parmesan popcorn on top to really kick it up a notch. I’ve never tried popcorn in my tomato soup, have you?

Friday –
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Mini Bagels, Peanut Butter & Raisins, celery and a cheese stick
Dinner: Smoked Sausage Kabobs

I saw an advertisement in a magazine for smoked sausage kabobs on the grill. I don’t remember where it was or what the ad was for, but it stuck in mind for dinner this week. We’ll add some peppers, onions, potatoes, and pineapple and throw these on the grill. Serve with rice, maybe some pico and fresh pineapple. We are using a long link of smoked turkey sausage for these.

Saturday –
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Dinner: Family Pizza Night

Everyone’s favorite!

Sunday –
Breakfast: Pumpkin Muffins (excited to work on a new recipe for you guys!)
Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

We’ve been making this “better than boxed” beef stroganoff recipe for a couple of years now. I tweak it quite a bit, but it’s a great starting point … I’ll let you know I usually add more sour cream, and sometimes I do a mix of plain greek yogurt and sour cream. It just depends what we have on hand. A little tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) usually finds it’s way in there and since we’re using A-1 in our cheesesteaks Monday night I bet a bit of that does too. I “healthify” it a bit by adding sweet frozen peas and serve with crusty french bread … which I’m wishing i could eat right about now …

What’s on your menu this week?



Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

3 thoughts on “Easy Family Dinners: Something For Everyone”

  • Oh I’m so glad I found your blog through Etsy! I struggle badly with meals, as it seems like we have the same things over and over and over… The recipes you’ve chosen seem to have common ingredients (most of which I have already) which makes it that much easier! Thanks so much! :)

  • I really hate cooking and feel the same as someone else that left a reply, whom stated she feels like she’s always making the same things over and over again. Because of this, I am constantly searching Pinterest for new ideas, which lead me here! I would really like to try some of the things listed above, but didn’t see a recipe for everything in your list. Did I miss them somewhere?


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