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20 Healthy and Easy Family Meals To-Go For Busy Weeks Ahead…

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Coming up with kid-friendly, healthy family meals to-go can feel daunting and overwhelming. But don’t stress, I’ve got you covered. Your family is not doomed to a week full of fast food or Uncrustables.

With rising food costs, we are all looking for ways to cut back, and cooking at home is one of the easiest ways to do it. Not only will this save your family some money, but it is also an opportunity to come together and experience the benefits of family mealtime, even while on the go.

When you involve the entire family in the prep-work, it helps develop self-reliance and responsibility. Plus, kids are more likely to try new things when they helped select and make them. Family meals are more nutritious, especially when you focus on finding healthy recipes.

To experience a similar connection to a sit-down family meal, think of interesting questions and conversation topics to bond with while on the go. I’ve listed a handful below to get you started.

Tips for Family Meals To-Go

Below are some tips to help you succeed in preparing your family’s on-the-go meals.

  • Involving kids in the prep work increases the likelihood that they will eat it, so hand over some of the prep to them. If they want to be involved in extra-curricular activities, try to involve them in the meal planning process.
  • Mix pre-made items with fresh ones to blend convenience and nutrition.
  • Don’t worry about following a recipe. There are several below to get your wheels turning, but you can make all of these your own.
  • A rotisserie chicken is the best deal in the grocery store.
  • Opt for portable fruit/veggies for an easy side.
  • Keep fridge/pantry staples on hand. Write down what you will make each week in a visible place for accountability.

Pantry/Fridge Staples

The trick here is to keep the food you are confident that your family will eat readily available. Make a list of meal ideas on a chalkboard or dry erase board in the kitchen area to avoid the dreaded rotten forgotten food conundrum.

We all start with good intentions with a fridge full of possibilities but often forget what we had planned by mid-week and hit the drive-thru. The kids can help by making a list of meal ideas, too, which keeps everyone accountable.

Keep It Simple

There are many tried and true options that we forget about. The recipes below use mostly basic ingredients, but you know your family best.

What can you wrap in a wonton or tortilla that your kids will be open to eating? Get creative with your family favorites. Have the kids help think of ways to make them portable.

Themes

You can still do dinner themes away from home. I have classified the recipes below by cuisine for on-the-go theme nights.

20 To-Go Family Meal Recipes to Try Out

Below are some easy to-go family meal recipes you can try to make family dinner more exciting but healthier as well.

1. Healthier Walking Taco

healthier walking taco

One of the simplest recipes to make that’s equally delicious! All it takes is cooking the ground turkey, tossing in seasoning, and your preferred beans. Grab a single serving of your favorite crunchy chip or wax paper bags with some baked/grain-free tortilla chips and you have a tasty dinner or lunch on the go.

Try out the recipe here.

2. Un-Spicy Chicken Taquitos

un-spicy chicken taquitos

If you have kids that classify anything with flavor as “spicy,” then this recipe is for you!

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Try it out here.

3. Taco Salad Jars

taco salad jars

The combination of yummy taco flavors is perfect to dip your favorite tortilla chip in. This puts a whole new spin on Taco Tuesday!

Try out the recipe here.

4. Quesadillas

quesadillas

There are so many varieties of healthy tortillas out there now. Pick your favorite, and add cheese and rotisserie chicken. Sneak in some veggies as well, if possible.

Word on the street is that a thin layer of pureed butternut squash works well. Need a hack for that? Hit the baby aisle at the store and grab a pouch of butternut squash. Toss a few carrot sticks on the side, and you are set!

Try this one recipe.

5. Kid-Friendly Sushi

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