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Easy Family Meal Plan for July to Make Life Easier


Find 4 weeks of easy family meals to feed your entire family this month—all kid-and parent approved—that are easy to make and serve!

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Easy Family Meal Plan

I know that feeding a family is a logistical challenge that frustrates even those of us who enjoy cooking—and can feel overwhelming even on the best days. This new family meal plan is meant to help take some of the decisions off your plate so you can decide what to cook in less time.

And also cook and eat meals you actually want to eat! Add simple sides of kid-friendly vegetables or fruits to the meal to round them out and make sure there’s plenty for everyone to eat.

TIP: These meals can be eaten by babies eating finger foods on up through parents. They may have to be served somewhat differently, but are all suitable.

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Meal Planning by Themes

I make my family meals plans based on the idea of themes that repeat weekly or biweekly. This adds in routine so the kids have a better idea of what to expect—and on a night when you’re not having their favorite, you can remind them that their favorite is coming up soon!—and to make it easier to stock your pantry and use up ingredients.

TIP: You can use this plan in the order that I have it here or move meals around as you like. I have free meal planning templates in my Resource Library that you can print out and fill in as you like too.

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Week 1

Fill in breakfasts with easy options like cereal, toast, freezer waffles, and yogurt and granola. Add simple sides to any dinners to round things out.

Breakfast

Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes

My youngest eater eats these pancakes plain and my girls dip them in either maple syrup or peanut butter—they are very versatile! (Recipe updated May 2021)

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zucchini-pancakes-on-teal-fork-on-plate
Easy Cherry Smoothie (to Share with the Kids!)

Try this naturally sweet smoothie filled with cherries, banana, and creamy yogurt. Add the nut butter if desired for extra protein and flavor.

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cherry smoothie in jars
Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats

This recipe makes enough for one adult or for one adult and one small child serving. It’s easy to double, so make more as needed!

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strawberry overnight oats in jars.

Snacks

Easy Strawberry Applesauce

You can use any type of apple you like in this recipe.

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strawberry applesauce in white bowls
Easy Mango Popsicles (2-Ingredients!)

Make these in your preferred popsicle mold or you can even serve it immediately out of the blender as a smoothie.

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Favorite Raspberry Smoothie, 6 Ways

Blend a handful of nutritious ingredients into a deliciously refreshing Raspberry Smoothie. With options to make this with banana or without, ways to add protein, and tips for storing leftovers, this post has everything you need to get started. See the Notes for variations.

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raspberry smoothies in three cups with yellow straws
Healthy Rocket Pops Recipe

Plan to make these at least 6 hours before you plan to serve them, or the day before to be sure they’ll be firm enough to serve.

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homemade-rocket-pops-on-white-plate

Lunch

Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)

Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.

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spinach eggs on two plates on countertop.
Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin‘s worth!

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healthy zucchini fritters
Easy Turkey Wrap Recipe (to Share with the Kids)

Roll up a few simple ingredients to make this delicious Turkey Wrap recipe in minutes. It’s a great lunch wrap for home or school, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit the preferences of your child. This makes one wrap, so scale up as desired.

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Banana Sushi (3-Ingredient Kids Lunch)

Banana Sushi is a seriously fun and fast lunch for kids—that’s filling too! Plus: You only need three nutritious ingredients to make this lunch.

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banana-sushi-on-white-plate

Dinners

Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice and Tofu

I like to use vegetables like carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, and snap peas in this easy recipe. Plan to cook the rice ahead of time or to get it started first.

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How to Make Kids Salad (They’ll Actually Want to Eat)

Here’s a look at basic templates for making kid-friendly salads. Pick and choose the ingredients you like! (Nutrition info will vary according to the ingredients you use.)

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Easy Taco Buffet (No-Cooking Required!)

I prefer to make these vegetarian since it’s easier, but you can of course add in cooked chicken, beef, or shrimp if you like! Add another can of beans or additional corn to feed a larger family or appetites.

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Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

This is an easy family dinner or lunch. I like to use Spinach Pesto for this, but any will work if you prefer to buy it pre-made from the store.

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Easy Vegetable Pancakes

We like these dipped in sour cream guacamole, salsa, or Cucumber Sauce.

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Easy Zucchini Burgers

Stretch your ground beef and add a veggie right into moist burger patties with this simple family dinner recipe.

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Week 2

I love having a weekly salad night in the summer since fresh produce is usually easy to come by. Serve the elements deconstructed for the kids as needed, add a dressing they like (my girls like ranch!) and add some bread or a muffin on the side as needed.

Breakfast

Simple Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Frozen banana will create a slightly thicker smoothie, so if you plan to serve this through a straw, I recommend doing either frozen blueberries OR bananas, but not both. You can do all frozen fruit if you plan to serve it through a pouch or in an open cup—or if your child is used to drinking thick smoothies!

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Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries

These muffins make for a delicious breakfast, snack, or lunchtime component. This recipe was updated June 2019 to improve the texture and streamline the ingredients.

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Snacks

Instant Homemade Frozen Yogurt

Blend two nutritious ingredients into a thick and creamy treat to share with the kids! Double this to make additional servings.

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Chocolate-Covered Bananas (Frozen Pops!)

These Chocolate Covered Bananas are frozen into popsicles that are so easy to make and so seriously fun. The chocolate pudding has a perfect texture once frozen, you can add sprinkles if you want, and use either paper lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks.

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Favorite Yogurt Melts (Easiest Yogurt Bites!)

These melt-in-your mouth yogurt bites are a fun way to serve yogurt. Plan to make them at least 2 hours before you want to serve them.

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Lunch

Spinach Egg Muffins

Egg muffins will stick to a muffin tin unless you grease it well with nonstick spray. So try not to skimp on that step!

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DIY Pizza Lunchables

You can plan for the kids to eat these cold or you can warm the bread ahead and pack it in a thermos so it’s warm at lunchtime. So easy!

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Easy Avocado Pasta

Any pasta shape works in this recipe, so choose your family’s favorite! Omit the garlic if you think the flavor might be too strong for your people. My kids prefer this without the garlic. I like it with it for myself!

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Dinners

One-Pot Pesto Chicken and Brown Rice

Add some warmed frozen peas, whole grain toast, or a side of fruit to add a few simple sides if desired. This recipe was updated in September 2019 to ensure the rice cooks through.

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healthy chicken and brown rice on kids plate
Easy Greek Pita Pizzas

Serve these assembled as shown, or with the toasted pita bread alongside the hummus and toppings depending on how your child will prefer it.

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greek pita pizzas on pink plate with peaches
Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

Prep the rice, beans, and veggies ahead if you can or want to. They store well in the fridge and simply need to be reheated. The nutrition information in this recipe will vary based on the ingredients you choose to use.

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grain bowls with rice and beans
Easy Pasta with Summer Squash and Beef

This dish is easy to pull together in a short amount of time and is a nice alternative to tomato based pasta dishes.

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Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza

You can use any store bought crust for this recipe, or try my easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I like making these as personal pizzas for the kids since they cook so fast, but you can also make one large pizza. See the Notes at the bottom for that info.

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Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)

These tender fish cakes make a quick and easy pantry meal when you haven’t planned ahead for dinner. Recipe updated slightly to ensure moistness in June 2021.

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Week 3

I tend to get into a cooking rut by about mid-month so I deliberately have a few new recipes in the mix this week. Feel free to swap in leftovers or a favorite family meal whenever it works for you.

Breakfast

Favorite Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Serve these warm, at room temperature or cold. We like a little extra honey on top, but jam, almond butter, or butter would work too. (Adapted from my Raspberry Baked Donuts recipe.)

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lemon-blueberry-muffins-on-wire-rack
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt

You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

You can make this with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use the yogurt option to turn it into a quick and easy chia seed pudding.

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blueberry chia seed jam in jar

Snacks

Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips

These healthy little soft-baked cookies are a yummy treat or snack to share. Rolling the shredded zucchini in a towel helps ensure that the excess moisture is absorbed—and doesn’t wind up in the batter.

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Healthy Blueberry Crisp

We had rhubarb in our garden that needed to be used up, but if you don’t happen to have any, simply do all berries or a combination of berries and diced apple or pear.

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Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids)

This is a perfect way to use up some of a giant watermelon and is also a wonderful way to help the kids stay hydrated in the warmer months. You can scale the recipe up or down to make more or less as you like.

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Lunch

Easy Veggie Muffins

I like to grate the carrot on a box grater and cut the top of each broccoli floret off and finely dice with a knife. Avoid the stems since they won’t blend into the batter as well.

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Vegetarian Quesadillas with Beans and Cheese

You can make as few or as many of these easy quesadillas as you like.

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cut up vegetarian quesadillas for kids on plate
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)

For delicious homemade pizza without the work and in a lot less time, Flatbread Pizza to the rescue. Adjust this for allergies as you need.

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Dinners

20-Minute Stir Fry Noodles with Veggies

Try this quick family dinner the next time you’re craving healthy comfort food—and want to please the entire family! You can add a protein to this dish if you’d like. See the Notes for options.

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stir fry noodles with vegetables
Sweet Potato Chicken Bowls (Easy Meal Prep)

You can meal prep this recipe to have ready for future lunches or dinners to share with the kids or you can make it as a family dinner. Add flavor to your bowl with the optional ingredients.

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Healthy Baked Sheet Pan Nachos

You can add some of the ingredients to some of the areas—leaving the spinach off, adding more salsa or spice—to customize for everyone at the table. I usually leave about a ⅓ of the pan for the kids with less greens and salsa and then pile it on for my husband and I.

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healthy loaded potato nachos
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (with Extra Protein)

Very ripe (with brown spots) bananas will give these pancakes the best flavor. Dice them up or serve whole, according to how the kids prefer to eat them.

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Healthy Pasta Salad with Chicken

This works well anytime of the year, but the flavors are particularly great in summer

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healthy pasta salad in two bowls
Favorite Pizza Rolls (with Spinach and Cheese)

Be sure to grease your pan well and roll the dough up fairly tightly around the fillings for best results. (But it’s okay if they don’t look perfect when they go into the pan!) 

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Week 4

For the mac and cheese dinner, use your favorite boxed kind and add 2 cups frozen broccoli per box for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking the pasta. (Add it right to the pot!) Drain and mix into the sauce.

Breakfast

Simple Green Smoothie

Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 

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Easy Cottage Cheese Pancakes (to Share with the Kids)

These 4 ingredient pancakes are packed with nutrients and are so yummy. Double the ingredients to make a larger batch to feed a family of four as this recipe is on the smaller side.

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Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana

These healthy muffins taste like a delicious banana muffin, but with the added nutrition of a big handful of spinach. These store well, so you can make them ahead of time and pull them out of the fridge or freezer to serve.

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spinach banana muffins on pink plate

Lunch

5-Ingredient Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Use yellow or white cheese according to your child’s color expectations!

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cauliflower mac and cheese
Easy Egg Cups (with Zucchini and Cheese)

Feel free to double the recipe to make a full 24 mini muffins! We like to stash these in the fridge to eat all week, so having more is usually helpful in our house.

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zucchini egg cups with berries and crackers
Easiest Homemade Uncrustables

You can make one sandwich at a time, or make a batch of a few to stash in the freezer. Adjust this as needed for your preference.

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homemade-uncrustable-in-lunchbox

Snacks

Easy Stewed Peaches

You can make these with slightly underripe peaches (which is handy if you happen to have a lot of them).

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Green Smoothie Freezer Pops

If you want to make more pops, simply double the recipe! If you have a toddler who’s super sensitive to textures, use mango instead of kiwi for extra creamy results.

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green-smoothie-pop-on-plate
Favorite Protein Shakes for Kids (with Veggies!)

Serve up a simple, yet nutritious protein smoothie with three flavor options to choose from.

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veggie protein shakes for kids in cups
Favorite Yogurt Dip for Fruit

You can stir together this 3-ingredient Yogurt Dip for fruit in about a minute, then serve up a fruit plate with extra flavor. Try this with any fruit the kids like, or even with graham crackers, toast sticks, or cut up waffles.

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yogurt dip on plate with strawberries

Dinners

Best Healthy Mini Meatballs

Classic Italian meatballs with kale tucked inside to help toddlers eat their greens! (You can of course use the more traditional parsley instead of kale if you prefer.)

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mini-meatballs-in-skillet-with-sauce
Quick and Easy Shrimp Tacos

If using frozen shrimp, transfer it from the freezer to the fridge the night before or in the morning that you plan to make this.

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shrimp tacos for kids and parents on plates
Easy Ratatouille with Pasta

This recipe makes enough for two meals. You can cut it in half if desired, but I like to make the larger batch and keep on in the freezer for a future meal—it’s the same amount of cooking effort, so why not!

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ratatouille with pasta in white bowl
Easy Stuffed Peppers Skillet

You can use whichever type of rice your family likes best. We rotate through short grain brown rice, basmati, and jasmine. Adults may want to top their portions with shredded fresh basil and/or crushed red pepper.

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skillet-stuffed-peppers-in-adult-and-kid-bowl
Pizza Pockets with Broccoli and Cheese

If you’re using Homemade Pizza Dough, make it at least an hour before you plan to assemble the pockets. If using store-bought, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so it’s not super cold when you try to form the pockets.

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pizza pockets with broccoli and cheese
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I’d love to hear your feedback on this meal plan. If there are things it would help you to have in the next one, please comment so I can make it work harder for you!

This post was first published July 2020.

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