Healthy Meals for Busy Families

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I had a friend message me last week asking, ‘hey did you ever do a follow-up to your post about healthy meals?’ I thought I had, but like many intentions of mine, it was forgotten and I found a second partially written post in my DRAFTS folder. But since I have done a bit of a re-brand with some new categories, one called Feeding the Family, it has presented itself to be the perfect time to write about some of my go-to-meals.

While these are not my recipes, these are some variations of the things that I make during the week that I find work for hungry teenagers that need fuel for activities and sports. I have credited the author and recipe, just click the link to follow.

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Beef Taco Salad by Averie Cooks.


Beef Taco Salad – What I like about Beef Taco Salad is the beef! Seriously though, a salad with a protein and some avocado is always a good choice in my book, and kids love it too. You can make this like an assemble-your-own and put out the ingredients on your counter – some may like more cheese, others may not want any. Usually I don’t use beans in my version, I sometimes will add corn and other times, depending on how busy I am, just use a green salad mix from the store and add what I have at home for vegetable like grated carrot or chopped bell peppers.


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Turkey Gnocchi Soup by Back to her Roots.


Turkey Gnocchi Soup – Turkey soup has been on my mind and in my household more recently because of Canadian Thanksgiving, and the Fall season. It’s now the time of year when soups are something that we look forward to on a cool and rainy day, and adding gnocchi to soup is a way to make it more filling. You don’t have to make your own gnocchi, there are plenty of pre-made options, although if you have the time, home made is the way to go.


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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce by Recipe Runner.


Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce – I am always looking for new ways to prepare ground turkey or chicken, and a baby meatball is easy to whip up and then keep in your freezer (if you don’t eat them all right away). Again, this recipe is a homemade Tzatziki, but there are plenty of pre-made options at the grocery store.

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Avocado Pasta by Damn Delicious.


Avocado Pasta – A new favourite of mine! Avocado used as a sauce is both delicious and a super way to get something green into a pasta dish. I also add chicken or shrimp if I want more of a protein-rich meal, but it’s really great as a vegetarian dish too.

Which one of these recipes appeals to you? What do you like to feed a busy family going in different directions during the week?

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