Looking for tried and true, 30 Minute Meals for kids? Here's 12 pantry staple recipes utilizing fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables helping you get a healthy family meal on the table quickly.
It's just the beginning of the school year and already I've had multiple conversations on the topic of not knowing what to make for dinner.
Maybe you can relate.
You get home from work then drive kids to sporting practices or games. Once you get home, everyone is hungry and you still have figure out what's for dinner.
These 12 simple dinner ideas are healthy family meals perfect for busy nights. They are some of my favorite 30-minute meal ideas for kids.
The best part of these simple dinner ideas is that they make for a balanced meal in and of themselves. Each recipe utilizes fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Fresh can always be swapped out for frozen or canned when needed.
Pro Tip: Canned vegetables are grown less than 12 miles from processing plants, are picked at peak ripeness, and go from the farm field to the can in 8 hours!
No need to feel guilty about utilizing produce that helps cut back on waste. In the end, the only thing that really matters is that your family eats more fruits and veggies - so go ahead and use those easy options and feel good about it.
Items To Stock In Your Pantry for 30 Minute Meals
There are common ingredients you'll find among these recipes. Keep these staples on hand and you'll always be able to throw a 30-minute meal together!
- canned diced tomatoes
- a variety of canned beans, including refried black beans, great northern, and pinto
- canned corn
- chicken broth
- canned diced green chilies
- diced frozen rotisserie chicken
- chicken sausage links
- lean ground beef
- frozen ravioli
- frozen veggies such as a stir-fry blend
- greek yogurt
- dry pasta
- in season fresh veggies