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Healthy dinner ideas for family

Healthy dinner ideas for family

Is it like pulling teeth to get your family to eat healthy meals? I've got the solution for you! It's not a new idea, but you may have forgotten its power. Let me re-introduce you to "the bar" – home style.

This is perfect for people searching for:

  • Healthy family dinners on a budget

  • Heathy dinner ideas for family of 6 (or more or less!)

  • Healthy family meals for weight loss

  • Healthy dinner ideas for kids

Why does it work? Because kids of all ages love to have a hand in building their meals. Just ask the makers of Lunchables.

This idea re-introduced itself on our most recent camping trip. Tired of trying to please my husband, daughter, mother and myself, all in one meal, I decided to break the fixings down for our avocado toast and it worked so perfectly we decided to do a Facebook live about it.

The key is to only offer healthy options and to encourage the family to choose at least three healthy toppings. Bonus points for each color!

Sticking with a theme can also be fun. Such as Asian soup bar, Mexican baked potato etc. Sometimes finding recipes and deconstructing the ingredients can make it easier.

Glass storage containers

Once dinner is over, pack up your leftover, prepped ingredients to use for another meal. This saves time, money and waste.

Six ingredient meals

Here are TEN ideas to get you started:

Avocado toast

1. Avocado Toast Bar

2. Oatmeal Bar

  • Oatmeal

  • Maple Cinnamon

  • Raisins

  • Bananas

  • Non-dairy milks

  • Nut butter

  • Sea Salt

vegan baked potato

3. Baked Potato Bar

  • Russet potato or sweet potato

  • Cashew sour cream

  • Black beans

  • Salsa

  • Guacamole

  • Lettuce

  • Non-dairy cheese or butter

  • Curry powder

  • Coconut oil

  • Seasonings – Garlic Herb, Greek

4. Soup Bar

  • Brothy or pureed vegetable base

  • Fresh cilantro or other herbs

  • Cashew sour cream

  • Non-dairy cheese

  • Toasted bread

  • Coconut bacon

vegan salad bar

5. Salad Bar

  • Romaine, arugula, wilted kale or other greens

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Raisins

  • Tomatoes

  • Onions

  • Edamame or other legumes

  • Variety of dressings

  • Fresh herbs

  • Nuts

  • Coconut bacon

6. Taco Bar

  • Crunchy corn or soft tacos

  • Fresh salsa (we love black bean and corn)

  • Cashew sour cream

  • Rice

  • Black beans

  • Lettuce

  • Walnut meat

noodle bar, pasta bar

7. Pasta or Noodle Bar

  • Whole grain, rice, quinoa pasta or even spiralized zucchini

  • Tomato sauce

  • Pesto

  • Fresh herbs

  • Roasted veggies

  • Olives

  • Sun dried tomato

8. Pizza Bar

  • Cauliflower, chickpea naan, polenta or traditional base

  • Caramelized onions

  • Hummus

  • Wilted kale

  • Balsamic drizzle

  • Fresh tomatoes

  • Roasted tomatoes

  • Non-dairy cheese

  • Cashew sour cream

  • Tomato sauce

  • Pesto

  • Sun dried tomato

Black bean burger

9. Burger Bar

  • Black bean burger or veggie burger

  • Fresh salsa

  • Seasonings – Greek, Indian, Southwest, Chinese Five Spice, Garlic

  • Red onion

  • Coconut bacon

  • Avocado

  • Cashew sour cream

  • Green onions

  • Spinach

10. Banana Ice Cream Bar

Your turn:

What’s your favorite type of “bar” and toppings? Leave a comment below!

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