As a busy mom, getting dinner on the table in a timely manner can be a challenge, especially when dealing with picky eaters. That’s why 30-minute meals are a lifesaver! Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they can also be adapted to suit even the pickiest of eaters. In this roundup post, we’ll be sharing 10 of the best 30-minute meals that are perfect for busy weeknights and picky eaters.
If you’re anything like me, weeknights can be a whirlwind of chaos. Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, finding time to cook a nutritious and delicious meal can seem impossible. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 30-minute meals that are quick, easy, and perfect for busy weeknights.
Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen after a long day? Me too! That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favorite 30-minute meals that are perfect for busy weeknights. These quick and easy recipes are packed with flavor and will satisfy the whole family.
- 1 Quick and Easy Meals for Picky Eaters
- 1.1 Easy Baked Chicken Tenders
- 1.2 One-Pan Cheeseburger Pasta
- 1.3 Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza
- 1.4 Baked Potato Bar
- 1.5 BLT Salad
- 1.6 Chicken Fajitas
- 1.7 Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
- 1.8 Taco Salad
- 1.9 Taco Bowls
- 1.10 Beef Stir Fry
- 1.11 Ham and cheese roll-ups
- 1.12 BBQ Chicken Pizza
- 1.13 Baked Chicken Parmesan
- 1.14 Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
- 1.15 Pesto Pasta with Chicken
- 1.16 Chicken Fried Rice
- 1.17 Cheese quesadillas
- 1.18 Grilled cheese and tomato soup
- 1.19 Pizza bagels
- 1.20 Garlic Bread Pizza
- 1.21 Pancakes and fruit
- 1.22 Spaghetti and meatballs
Quick and Easy Meals for Picky Eaters
Easy Baked Chicken Tenders
Kids love chicken tenders, and this recipe is a breeze to make. Simply coat the chicken tenders in a mixture of flour, paprika, garlic powder, and salt, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees, flipping halfway through. Serve with your child’s favorite dipping sauce for a meal they’ll love. Another variation – Dip chicken tenders in egg, then coat in seasoned breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven until crispy and serve with your child’s favorite dipping sauce.
This dish combines the flavors of a cheeseburger with pasta for a delicious and kid-friendly meal. Think hamburger helper, but the healthier version. The best part is everything is cooked in a single pan!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 4 cups beef broth
- 16 oz fusilli pasta
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup milk
- In a large pot over a medium-high heat, add ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Break up the beef to incorporate the seasonings and cook until browned, about 6-7 minutes.
- Pour in the beef broth and one cup of water and bring to a simmer.
- Add the pasta and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked throughout and the broth has cooked down, stirring occasionally.
- Pour in the milk and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.
Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza
Making pizza at home doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Simply buy some pre-made pizza dough and add your child’s favorite toppings. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes and you have a quick and delicious meal.
Baked Potato Bar
This meal is more of a DIY approach, but it’s a fun and easy way to get your picky eaters to try new things. Simply bake some potatoes and set out a variety of toppings like cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives for your family to create their own perfect baked potato.
This salad is a great way to get your kids to eat more veggies. Simply toss together lettuce, tomato, bacon, and croutons with some ranch dressing for a tasty and filling meal.
Sauté sliced chicken, bell peppers, and onions in a skillet with fajita seasoning. Serve with tortillas and toppings like cheese, sour cream and salsa.
Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
Layer sliced ham and shredded cheese onto a tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half and cook in a skillet until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy.
Brown ground beef or sliced chicken with taco seasoning. Serve over a bed of lettuce and top with shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Add some tortilla chips for more crunch.
This is a fun twist on traditional tacos. Simply cook up some ground beef or turkey and mix in some taco seasoning. Serve over a bed of rice and top with your child’s favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, avocado, and sour cream. This is a great way to get your child to try new ingredients while still enjoying a familiar flavor.
Beef Stir Fry
Sauté sliced beef with veggies that your kids like carrots, and baby corn in a hot skillet. Serve over rice or noodles.
- 2 lb flank beef chopped
- 2 large carrots
- 1 White onion
- 1 lb Baby corn
- 1 tbsp Olive oil for frying
- 2 tbsp Sesame seeds for garnishing
- 2 Garlic cloves minced
- 2 Garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup Light-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp Sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp Honey
Cut the beef into 2-inch thick strips and place it into a shallow dish.
In a small bowl whisk all the sauce ingredients. Pour half of the sauce over the beef. Mix well and let marinate for few minutes until you prep the rest of the ingredients.
Cut the onion into half rings and carrots into thin strips.
Next, heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add marinated beef, in a single layer, and cook stirring occasionally until evenly golden brown. Once done, use a slotted spoon to remove the beef to a plate lined with a paper towel and set aside.
In the same pan add onion and garlic, sauté until onion is slightly softened and garlic is fragrant. Add carrots and baby corn, continue cooking until all the vegetables are desired doneness.
Stir the beef into vegetables, and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Cook for a few minutes until hot.
Garnish with sliced green onion and sesame seeds. Serve warm with cooked rice and enjoy!
Ham and cheese roll-ups
Roll deli ham and cheese into a tortilla, slice into pinwheels, and serve with a side of fruit or veggies.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Top a pre-made pizza crust with BBQ sauce, cooked chicken, and shredded cheese. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Dredge thin chicken breasts in seasoned breadcrumbs, place on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven at 375 degrees until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Top with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
Sauté sliced chicken with veggies like carrots, onions, baby corn and broccoli in a hot skillet. Add store bought teriyaki sauce and serve over rice.
Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Cook pasta according to package directions. Sauté sliced chicken in a skillet with 2 tbsp minced garlic and 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss the cooked pasta with pesto sauce and the cooked chicken.
Chicken Fried Rice
Cook rice according to package directions. Sauté sliced chicken and veggies like peas and carrots in a hot skillet. Add the cooked rice and stir in soy sauce and scrambled eggs.
Heat a tortilla in a pan, sprinkle shredded cheese on one half, fold over and cook until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Make a quick grilled cheese sandwich and serve with a side of store-bought tomato soup.
Top halved bagels with pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any desired toppings (pepperoni, bacon, etc.) and broil until cheese is melted.
Garlic Bread Pizza
This is one of my favorites! You can make it in the oven or an airfryer. All you need is a box or two of frozen Garlic Bread Toast, shredded cheese, pizza sauce and all of your favorite toppings. Prepare the Garlic Toast in the Airfryer or oven for a few minutes. Next add the sauce and toppings. Bake or Air Fry for a few more minutes. Serve with a side salad and some fruit. Enjoy.
Pancakes and fruit
Whip up a batch of pancakes and serve with fresh fruit on the side. Bonus points if you let your child help make the pancakes!
Spaghetti and meatballs
Cook spaghetti and serve with store-bought meatballs and sauce. Top with grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Remember, it’s important to keep introducing new foods to your picky eaters, even if they don’t always eat them right away. And don’t be afraid to modify recipes to suit your child’s preferences – for example, leaving out onions or peppers if they don’t like them.
These Quick and Easy Meals for Picky Eaters are just a few examples of the many delicious and quick meals that are perfect for busy weeknights and picky eaters. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can make mealtime a breeze for your family.
Overall, cooking for picky eaters can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. With a little creativity and some help from these quick and easy recipes, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time that your whole family will enjoy.
And there you have it, a round-up of Quick and Easy Meals for Picky Eaters. I hope these recipes inspire you to try something new in the kitchen and make mealtime a little easier for you and your family.
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Mama to 3 girls. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed, or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a newfound hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves to create printables!